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Iberian mountain system resorts offer a fantastic opportunity to holidaymakers looking for something a little different. With 27 kilometres of slopes on offer, there’s no shortage of skiing available, as well as a wealth of other great activities. The area is more than just an alternative to the Alps. With its own regional culture, it is a fantastic holiday destination in its own right and is an affordable choice for anyone looking for a great getaway. We’re going to take a quick look at three of the most popular resorts and will let you know everything there is to be had there.
The Sierra Nevada is Europe’s southernmost ski resort. Located 32 km from Granada, it provides a whole host of fantastic options for holiday goers. The area has six divisions and a grand total of 115 pistes at an altitude of 2,700 km. There’s a wide selection of great ski options on offer, with all the standard amenities you would expect: chairlifts, restaurants on the slopes, a creche, and more. Plus they also have artificial slopes, so you’ll be able to find some great skiing opportunities whatever the weather. As far as non-skiing activities and entertainment go, there’s plenty to enjoy here. A wide variety of cafes, restaurants, bars, and pubs can cater to any taste. And MirloBlanco activities take place, giving holidaymakers a load of fun activities like archery and bike slalom. Plus you may get to see La Vuelta, one of Spain’s biggest cycle races. The track passes nearby and offers a great opportunity to witness an amazing event.
Valdelinares may not be Spain’s leading resort, but it is surely one of the most picturesque. It’s also the smallest - probably worth considering if you are deciding whether or not to visit. Located in Aragón, the resort has a limited amount of options when it comes to skiing and activities. There are only eight pistes, so anyone looking for variety may want to look elsewhere. You can enjoy four cafes, a ski school, and an equipment hire shop. Beyond that, there’s very little else. Accommodation can be found in one of the numerous hotels and chalets in the surrounding area. The joy of this resort is the fact that you can enjoy some of the most unspoiled surroundings of any resort in Europe. The area is mostly untouched and receives relatively few visitors. As a result, it’s a true joy for someone looking for a quiet, unspoiled getaway.
Alto Campo is one of the foremost ski resorts in Northern Spain. The resort has 23 different pistes at a variety of difficulties, covering a total of 28 km. With a wide variety of options, any skier is sure to find something to enjoy here. A small, purpose-built town serves the resort, providing all the necessary facilities. You can find a selection of restaurants, bars, cafes, and pubs. Plus there are many options for accommodation. A number of top hotels are one option or you can rent a small apartment for the duration of your stay. There are plenty of activities to enjoy beyond skiing, and the town boasts both a swimming pool and a discotheque.
More on skiing/snowboarding in Spain here.