No matter the time of year, there is plenty of amazing scenery to explore on foot in Spain’s Sierra Nevada National Park. Boasting more than 850 square kilometers and 20 mountains that exceed 3,000 meters in height, there’s plenty to explore.
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Spain’s Sierra Nevada is an amazing spot for all sorts of mountain climbing adventures. The national park boasts more than 20 peaks that are 3,000 meters in elevation or more.
Among the most popular climbing options in the park are taking two or three days to summit Mulhacén (3,479 meters), Veleta (3,396 meters) and Alcazaba (3,371 meters). These three peaks, known as the Sierra Nevada Trilogy, are the highest in the mountain range and located conveniently nearby one another. While the three days are long, the views are well-worth the effort.
Capileira, Trevélez, Monachil, Güéjar Sierra and Bubión are all popular starting points for mountain climbing adventures in the national park. From any of these villages you can strike out into the wilderness, staying at mountain huts as you head up various peaks in the range. Not a bad way to spend a summer holiday!
During the summer, average daily temperatures reach between 25 ºC and 30 ºC in the national park. These decrease a bit ads you gain in altitude. Rain is infrequent in the summer months.
Any trip to Spain’s Sierra Nevada likely begins with a flight into the Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport (GRX), which can be reached from several major European airports. From here, it is easiest to rent a car and drive southeast to the national park.
June to October, but many guides offer trips all year.
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