Sierra Nevada (Spain)

this article treats the Spanish mountains Sierra Nevada. For other meanings see Sierra Nevada.

The Sierra Nevada (Spanish for “snow-covered mountains”) is usually with 3.482 m the highest mountains of the Iberi peninsula, that to approximately to the month May still another snow hood carries. It lies in the south of Spain directly at the city Granada in the autonomous region Andalusien and is a part of the Beti Kordillere. Since 1999 the central area is protected of 86.208 hectares as national park.

Sierra Nevada Blick von Roquetas de Mar
Sierra Nevada view of Roquetas deMar

the Sierra Nevada pulls itself to a large extent on the southern side in proximity of the entire southern Mediterranean coast of Spain along. The steep rock slopes are partly enough to direct into the Mediterranean, like for example into and around Almería.

Resulted the Sierra Nevada from the Aufstauchenthe European ground plate, under which the African pushes itself here. Therefore smaller earthquakes occur several times in the year. Under the Sierra Nevada also the Costa Tropical developed, the Sierra Nevada as well as Ausläufergebirge form climatically seen the north border of the Costa Tropical.

Thosehighest collection is followed the Mulhacén (3482 m over NN), of the pico del Veleta (3398 m over NN) and Alcataba (3392 m over NN).

By means of the locality Pradollano (also Sol y Nieve called) one reaches the summit of the pico del Veleta by means of the high-altitude highwayEurope. Sol y Nieve is an artificially developed winter sports place, in which 1995 the alpine ski world championship should take place. Since however just in that year in the Sierra Nevada lack of snow prevailed, it was shifted on the year 1996. In addition here the Mountainbike world championship took place 2000 .

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