Did you know, you can ski in Southern Spain from December to mid April? Well, if you didn't, you do now.
It's rather extraordinary that you could enjoy your breakfast on the balcony of your rental flat in Granada in the morning, with the warm sun caressing your face and bare arms, and then be skiing in the Sierra Nevada in the afternoon.
Granada is further more only a good hours drive from the beaches of Costa Tropical and Costa del Sol, where it might be too cold to swim, however, if the wind behave, not too cold to do a little serious sunbathing on the beach.
Granada is world famous for the Alhambra Palace and its beautiful gardens. Alhambra is a UNESCO World heritage site and one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in Spain. This is definitely a must, if you are into art, culture, history, and peaceful water arrangement and walkways in a stunning garden.
You have a beautiful view over Alhambra from the Albaicin, the old town, in Granada. This is a very atmosferic part of Granada with narrow winding streets reveiling its Medieval Moorish past.
You have several choices for Granada rentals in the Albaicin quarter, including a holiday house with a 17th century garden and private swimmingpool, just opposite the Alhambra.
A tradition, which is dieing out many places in Spain, is free tapas with your drink. However, this tradition is still alive in Granada, so most places, you will recieve a tasty little bite with your beer or wine.
If you feel like spoiling yourself, visit the Arab baths and relax in seven different bathing pools or/and enjoy a soothing massage with aromatherapy oils in the center of Granada.
If you have never seen flamenco live, Granada is the place to have your first experience watching this passionate dance, or if you are up to it - your first flamenco lesson!
There is so much to see and do in Granada. You can take a cooking class and learn how to make paella, take a daytrip to the coast or a weekend up to Sierra Nevada to ski.
In other words; combine citylife, skiing and sunbathing!
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Skiing in Sierra Nevada
Europe's most southern ski resort, Sierra Nevada, is less than 50 minutes drive from Granada. The World Alpine Ski Championships were hosted here in 1996.
The ski season runs from the beginning of December until the end of April. With 300 days of sunshine, you stand a very good chance of skiing under blue skies in sunny weather. You can furthermore be absolutely certain of snow in this period, as the artificial snow machines will make sure, you get snow, even when there is no natural snow.
Staying in Granada, you can easily go skiing for 1 day. However, if you want more than a day, book yourself a weekend skiing in the Sierra Nevada or even better - why not a week?
Melia Sol Y Nieve (Sun and Snow) offers you indoor swimming pool, fitness facilities, full-service health spa, massage, steam room and sauna, so why not spoil yourself?
Sunbathing at the beach
The trip from Granada to Costa Tropical can be done within a good hours drive. If you rent a car and drive yourself, you can spend the whole day by the beach. If you don't want to drive, you can book a day trip to Nerja on the Costa del Sol (see Granada attractions) and visit the caves and the beach.