The south of Andalusia has an incredible wealth and great diversity of nature. Malaga Airport is therefore the ideal starting point not only for seaside destinations along the Costa del Sol or city trips to some of the most remarkable cities in Spain. Similarly, the highest mountain range in the Spanish peninsula, Sierra Nevada, is just a two hour’s drive from Malaga.
A visit to Sierra Nevada is interesting both in summer and winter. The area is one of the national parks of Spain and thus during the warmer months ideal for excursions and hiking. Depending on condition, could be done easy or long routes that lead to over 3,000 meters, with a unique flora and fauna of the southern peaks.
Visitors of all ages and less sportive can enjoy the possibility of gliding with the cable car to lofty heights and also there is a bus that runs on the highest road in Europe to some fantastic view points. Increasingly popular are hikes to view the sunrise on the peak Mulhacen, called “Sun Mountain” by the Moors; a unique spectacle. Similarly, during the summer months are offered astronomical nights.
Even in summer the temperature at the altitude is 10 to 15 degrees lower, so make sure you bring always enough warm clothes and good shoes.
Mainly known is Sierra Nevada, however, because of its excellent winter sports area, where you can enjoy until well into April the white sport in the most southern ski resort in Europe. Here, skiers can enjoy a deep blue sky and a fantastic view over the Mediterranean and the nearby Rif Mountains of Morocco.
The Mediterranean is not even 50 kilometers away in direct line and in the province of Granada is it actually possible on the same day to go skiing and have a swim in the Mediterranean.
Who travels with time should definitely not miss the Moorish city of Granada, with outstanding monuments and sites declared World heritage by UNESCO.
From Malaga airport to Sierra Nevada
The resort in Sierra Nevada, Sol y Nieve is located 180 kilometers from Malaga. From Malaga you can get to Granada on two routes:
A beautiful scenic route runs along the eastern Costa del Sol on the highway A-7 to Salobreña / Motril, from where the new A-44 runs up into the mountains. The route is very nice in its two sections, with some very impressive scenic views of the mountain ranges which are covered with snow during much of the year.
The other route is via the motorways A-45 and A-92 and runs up into the Malaga Mountains shortly after leaving the city and is steadily ascending. This route is also very beautiful, as we leave after a short time the lush green of the coast and opens a vast, undeveloped hinterland with rolling hills and olive groves as far as the eye can see.
Both routes have approximately the same number of miles and need the same driving time. You can also drive on one route to Sierra Nevada and drive back to Malaga on the other. In any case, we recommend car rental at Malaga airport for maximum comfort or for those who dont feel like driving, you can hire a Malaga airport transfer to Granada or Sierra Nevada.