Sierra Nevada National Park


Sierra Nevada National Park

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    Biosphere Reserve, recognition from UNESCO for certain natural sites..

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    Ecotourism. ECST (European Charter for Sustainable Tourism) accreditation for certain natural areas.


The highest mountains on the Peninsula

This park combines scenic beauty and ecological importance, as well as being home to the highest peaks on the peninsula. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1986.

It is located to the southeast of Granada and extends to the eastern edge of Almería. It has both gentle slopes and steep cliffs, and is home to the highest peaks on the Iberian peninsula, the Mulhacén and the Veleta. It is a site of exceptional scenic value, shaped by its glacial origins and containing forests and diverse areas of natural vegetation. The park also has rich hydrological resources, including several natural mineral springs. Fifteen of its peaks are over 3,000 metres high.


Almería (Andalusia)

Abla, Abrucena, Alboloduy, Bayárcal, Beires, Canjáyar, Fiñana, Fondón, Láujar de Andarax, Nacimiento, Ohanes, Paterna del Río, Rágol, Tres Villas, Las

Granada (Andalusia)

Aldeire, Alpujarra de la Sierra, Bérchules, Bubión, Busquístar, Cáñar, Capileira, Dílar, Dólar, Dúrcal, Ferreira, Huéneja, Güejar Sierra, Jerez del Marquesado, Juviles, Lanjarón, Lanteira, Taha, La, Zubia, La, Lecrín, Nigüelas, Pampaneira, Pórtugos, Monachil, Trevélez, Válor, Nevada, Soportújar


The park is situated between the provinces of Almería and Granada, in Andalusia, in southern Spain.  

See tourist services and activities in the park

  • Type of area Biosphere reserve, National park
  • Area 86.208 hectares

What you can do

  • Routes around the Park
  • Mountaineering


Access and surroundings

Cultural information

Granada, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada massif, is well worth a visit, particularly for its historic Albaicín quarter, the Generalife gardens and the Alhambra palace. These sites all have the World Heritage designation.  

Environmental information

Mountain massif with glacial and periglacial landforms, and an important presence of endemic botanical species. It has over 2,000 plant species (66 of them exclusively endemic), and its fauna includes amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. The most characteristic species in its wide biodiversity is the Spanish ibex.  

Information for visits

The park is open to everyone, provided the conservation regulations are respected. You can check the Visitor Centres on this page. More access information.  

Visitor centres

Visitor centre: El Dornajo


Carretera A-395 Granada-Sierra Nevada, dirección Pradollano, km. 23
18196 Güejar Sierra (Granada)

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  • From Jun 01 to Oct 31
  • From Tuesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00 From 16:00 to 18:00
  • Closing days: Monday
  • From Jun 01 to Sep 30
  • From Tuesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00 From 17:00 to 19:00
  • Closing days: Monday

Laujar de Andarax visitor centre


Carretera de Laujar de Andarax a Orgiva, Km. 1
04470 Láujar de Andarax (Almería)

Contact details

Tel.:: [+34 958980246]

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    Accessibility. Accessible environments and services in Spain.


  • From Wednesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00
  • Saturday From 16:00 to 18:00
  • Closing days: Monday, Tuesday
  • From Jan 01 to Feb 28
  • From Thursday to Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00
  • Closing days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday


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