Walking in the Sierra Nevada - Pico Alegas, Autumn 2012 © Prim
The Sierra Nevada is a dramatic, rugged and extensive mountain range, the highest in Europe after the Alps and the most significant section of the Cordillera Penibética. The Sierra Nevada is the biggest national park in Spain, with more than 20 peaks over 3,000 meters. Much of the landscape, particularly above 2,400 metres (which was the perpetual snow line) was shaped by the action of glaciers, resulting in characteristic U-shaped valleys.
The two highest peaks in the Iberian Peninsula are in the park, the Mulhacén at 3,482m, closely followed by the Pico del Veleta, at 3,396m. On a clear day these mountains can be seen from as far away as Africa.
From the UK; the easiest access is to fly to Malaga and drive either to Lanjaron or Capileira in the south, or Granada in the north. There are also less frequent flights from Gatwick or London City to Granada. There is road access to around 2,000 metres then walk or in the summer use the National Park bus from Capileira (south) or Hoya de la Moyà in the north. Uplift from ski resort (north) during July & August.
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