Skiing

Solynieve is Europe's southernmost ski resort and is situated on the south-facing slopes of the Sierra Nevada, some 32 kilometres south of Granada. It was in this scenery that the 1996 world championship alpine skiing was held. The facilities have been even improved since then. From early December until late March, early April, there is usually sufficient snow here at an altitude of 2080 metres. Solynieve attracts ski fans from all over Europe, and although it may not be the most attractive resort, the ski facilities are fine.

Solynieve offers well maintained descending ski courses with a total length of 76 kilometres and a reasonable amount of other ski courses accessible through 22 lifts. The courses are predominantly in the easy blue and moderately difficult red categories. Some of the shorter courses descending from the Veleta II lift can be challengingly steep even to the advanced skier. There are five difficult black courses and in most winters you can also make langlauf tours in the Sierra Nevada. Prices are lower than in the more popular Alpine resorts.

The après ski takes place in no less than thirty bars, piano bars, restaurants and discos. The main hotels Melía Sierra and Keria Nevada, each have excellent restaurants, as does the parador, the state-owned hotel high up on the Veleta. There is abundant choice in available cuisines, from French in the popular Pourqoui-Pas to Castilian and Andalucian specialties in Ruta de Veleta, a restaurant that is frequently visited by king Juan Carlos and his family.