If there is something that distinguishes the province of Granada is its climatic diversity, due to the great difference in altitude that we can find in a few kilometers away. We can move from the ski resort of Sierra Nevada to the Costa Tropical and enjoy Sun and Snow, in just over an hour.
Granada Province has 71 kilometers of coastline in the Mediterranean Sea, ranging from Albuñol, the eastern limit with the province of Almería, to Almuñécar, the heart of the Costa Tropical and the border with the province of Málaga. In this coastal strip we can enjoy bustling tourist beaches such as Calahonda, Castell de Ferro, Motril, Salobreña, Velilla, Almuñécar and La Herradura. But there is also space for other less traveled but charming beaches such as Melicena, La Mamola, Cotobro and the nudist beach of Cantarriján.
The westernmost part of the coast of Granada, from Motril to Almuñécar, is known as Costa Tropical. This is due to the mild climate that can be enjoyed throughout the year thanks to the proximity of mountains that protect it from the continental climate. This allows the growth of tropical fruits such as mango, custard apple and sugar cane in its fertile lands.
We can access the coast of Granada by the A-44 motorway, aka the Sierra Nevada highway, which connects the capital of Granada with the A-7 in Motril. We can also arrive by the A-7 from Almeria or from Malaga, traveling parallel to the Mediterranean coast.
About 27 kilometers southeast of the city of Granada, is the ski resort of Sierra Nevada (wich means Snowy Mountains). Despite being the southernmost ski resort in Europe, it is one of the first to open its doors every year and the last to lose snow on its high peaks. This is thanks to the high altitude at which its ski slopes are located, whose maximum height is 3,300 meters above sea level and whose unevenness is 1,200 meters (the largest in Spain).
Formerly known as Solynieve (Sun&snow) Ski Resort, Sierra Nevada is one of the best in Europe nowadays, with a total of 116 ski slopes spread across its 108 skiable kilometers. To access them, has a total of 20 lifts and to guarantee the quality of the snow has 390 cannons of artificial snow production. And, of course, we must not forget the possibility of night skiing.
It has held world-class sporting events such as the Alpine Ski World Championship, the Universiade and the World Snowboard and Freestyle Championships.
So you know, if you want to experience the beach and skiing in the same day, you just have to come to Granada. And, of course, do not forget to immortalize your visit … Enjoy a Pictourama!