Sierra Nevada is Europe’s southernmost ski resort which hosted the World Alpine Ski Championships in February 1996. It is one of Europe’s highest resorts with a surprisingly good snow record considering the generally warm, sunny weather. From the top of the Veleta skiers are treated to a spectacular view across to the Mediterranean Sea and on the clearest of days as far as the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
The resort lies 32km southeast of the beautiful Spanish city of Granada with its stunning Alhambra Palace. Unfortunately, cheap flights to Granada airport aren’t currently available so Malaga and Almeria become the most accessible airports.
Many skiers choose to stay in the lively city of Granada and travel up to Pradollano to the resort each morning (buses leave at 8am and 9am returning at 4pm and 6.30pm). Traffic can be a big problem. This isn’t necessary as the ski resort itself is a lively place with a good range of hotels, bars and restaurants and a lively night life. The weekends can get too busy and should be avoided if you have that option and national holidays attract many visitors especially over the Christmas period and during ‘Semana Blanca’ which usually falls around Carnaval in February.
Getting to Sierra Nevada
You can arrange Sierra Nevada transfers from any of three Spanish airports. Granada is the most convenient with transfers from the airport to the ski resort in no more than one hour. Unfortunately, there are few international flights to this airport. Malaga is the next best choice followed by Almeria. For transfer prices just select the route you prefer below, fill in your expected travel dates and you’ll get an instant online quote which you can book securely through the website.
Granada – Sierra Nevada Airport Transfers:
Distance: 53 Km / Estimated Transfer Time: 1 Hour
Malaga – Sierra Nevada Airport Transfers:
Distance: 165 Km / Estimated Transfer Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes.
Almeria – Sierra Nevada Airport Transfers:
Distance: 207 Km / Estimated Transfer Time: 2 Hours 45 Minutes.
A cheaper option than arranging private transfers is to collect a hire car at your airport then drive to Sierra Nevada. Be aware that you might need chains if there’s been a recent heavy snowfall. These aren’t provided with the rental.
Sierra Nevada Hotels
Pradollano is the town which is home to the ski resort in Sierra Nevada. It is built on the side of a mountain and has hotels all the way up. There is a chairlift which goes from the centre of town up to the Parador and has two jumping off points. This does stop at about 7pm. Advanced booking of accommodation is highly recommended as the resort tends to fill up especially at weekends when many skiers come up from Granada and during Easter week when people come from all over Spain and Europe.
Below we have listed a selection of some our favourite Sierra Nevada hotels:
Sierra Nevada 4 Star Hotels:
Melia Sierra Nevada
The 4 star Melia Sierra Nevada is located in the centre of Pradollano just 100 metres from the ski lifts. It is a modern hotel with all the facilities you would expect. It has a heated swimming pool, a gym, a sauna, a jacuzzi and a Turkish bath for relaxing after a day on the ski slopes. Entertainment is available for children in the mini-club from 5pm until 9pm. The buffet restaurant offers breakfast and dinner while the a la carte restaurant serves lunch and dinner. There is also a snack bar which is open all day and a piano bar open in the evenings.
Melia Sol y Nieve
The Melia Sol y Nieve is also located in the centre of Pradollano. It has rooms for one to four people and suites all of which have views of the town or the mountains. The Mulhacen Bar, which has lovely views, is a perfect spot for aprés-ski and is open from 10am until midnight. There is a restaurant within the hotel which offers both a la carte and buffet service and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel spa has a pool, saunas, steam bath, jacuzzi, gym and massages available to help relax after a day’s skiing.
Sierra Nevada 3 Star Hotels:
Santa Cruz Hotel
The Santa Cruz hotel is located 9 kilometres from Pradollano on the road from Granada. It has 66 bedrooms and 25 bungalows with open fire place, central heating and hydromassage bath. There is a bar, restaurant, 2 football pitches, tennis court and a gym for those not exhausted after skiing all day.