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Las Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada
Location and climat

Location

The Las Alpujarras National Park (Sierra Nevada National Park) is situated between Almeria and Granada, just 35 kilometers from the Mediterranean coast, in the foothills of Sierra Nevada. This mountain is the second highest in Europe after the Alps, and the highest mountain, the Mulhacén, over 3.480 meters high.
Almost all year round, the peaks are covered by snow, but only a few kilometers south of the main mountain range of the Sierra Nevada, the Alpujarras is a region that is unrivaled. Although there are not many precipitates, the melting water of the mountains has created a fertile and green area where a large number of rare animal species such as stone blocks, eagle and eagle have found a refuge.
The splendid Alpujarras are made for hikers, every few meters the viewer has a new, fantastic perspective. Above the 800-year-old mountain village of Trevélez, which is home to the world-famous Serrano ham, sensational views are everywhere . Just in front of the hiker, the white peaks of the Mulhacén and the 3.390 meters high Pico de Veleta tower up in the north, the view of the Sierras of the provinces of Málaga and Almería to the west and east. Particularly great is the panorama to the south, where you can see the Mediterranean with a half-clear view and - on particularly clear days - even the 200-kilometer-distant Rif mountains on the Moroccan coast. Architecturally, the villages of the Alpujarras, with their whitewashed houses and the flat roofs, are reminiscent of Moorish times, and the terraces for the cultivation of vegetables, fruit and wine are also a legacy of the Moorish settlement of the Iberian Peninsula. After Granada, the capital of the Moors, was reconquered by the Christians in the course of the Reconquista in 1492, parts of the Moorish inhabitants retreated to the valleys of the Alpujarras over the next 100 years,

climate

In the Alpujarras there is a pleasant mediterranean climate. The summer months are by no means as hot as in the hinterland of Andalusia. For many visitors spring and autumn are the most beautiful seasons of this region.

But also during the winter, the surrounding area, with its many sunny days and pleasant temperatures, invites you to hike. The nearby coast almost all year to swim.

January, February and March can be quite hot during the day, but it is likely that it is rather cool in the night.

From April it gets warmer, May and June it is usually hot during the day and beautiful. Sitting outside is not a problem. We go higher in Sierra Nevada, where it is cooler and shady.

July and August are guaranteed hot in the Alpujarra.

From September it starts to cool, but the evenings are mostly warm.

October and November can be some of the most beautiful hiking months, sunny and clear during the day, with a pleasant temperature and cool at night.

December may begin to snow on the tops, but in the lowlands it can be <warm enough to sit comfortably during the day in the sun.

It also rains in Spain, but rarely for many days in one piece. Usually it rains once a day and the next day it is sunny again.

Rain is definitely unlikely in May, June, July or August and is unusual in September. Due to the mountains the weather is very local and forecasts are rarely helpful.


 

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Sierra Nevada


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