Tarifa

Los Lances, beach, Tarifa, Andalusia, spain, espana

The European capital of windsurfing is a top destination for active people. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, skateboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, you can do this and much more in this small coastal town. Tarifa, the southernmost point of Europe, is also the where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Poniente and Levante, two different winds in Tarifa,  provide unique conditions for kitesurfing and windsurfing almost all year round. However, the best wind surfing conditions are in July, August and September.

The urban beach of Tarifa city is called Playa Los Lances. It’s very wide and enjoyable and in close distance to the numerous waterfront buildings. Valderama and Punta Paloma,  the virgin beaches neighbouring Tarifa to the west, are also worth a special credit. Those unspoilt beaches, boasting white sand and crystal clear water, stretch for more than 10 km. If you seek privacy and getting close to the nature, go no further. Valderama boasts some great sand dunes which can be climbed easily.

With all the great active people from all over the Europe, the night life in Tarifa can be very intensive, especially in summer.

Tarifa – nearest destinations: Zahara de los AtunesGibraltar

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Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada family holidays

The popular Spanish ski resort Sierra Nevada lies an hour drive from Granada. The 30 km long road to Sierra climbs to 10,000 feet to arrive at the sunny Pradollano which lies at the foot of the slopes. Here, the lovers of snow can take advantage of more than 45 km of pistes on Valeta, the second highest mountain in Spain. The skiing conditions of varied. Blue and red runs dominate and there are some green and black runs as well. There are two major gondola lifts and around 15 chair lifts. On a sunny day, Velta or the nearby Mulhacen, the highest mountain in Spain, allows its visitors an amazing  panoramic view of Africa!

Sierra Nevada is the sunniest ski resort in Europe, the first one in Spain to start the skiing season with snow to be found there as early as late November and as late as early May. The popular ‘Costa del Snow’ boasts Sulayr Snowpark where as many as 110 different ramps and rails can be found. Sierra Nevada is a top holiday destination in the winter season! Try to avoid Christmas time, Semana Santa and school holidays when the place can get crowdy.

When the snow melts down, Sierra Nevada becomes very popular among hikers. The beautiful scenery  of hillsides, pine forests and river valleys as if from a fairly tale quickly rewards all the hiking effort. Quite recently, Sierra Nevada National Park was added to an elite worldwide list of protected reserves.

In summer, Sierra Nevada becomes a magnet for enthusiastic mountain bikers from all over Spain. Remote pine forests,  barren rocky peaks provide varied conditions for all kinds of needs – all mountain, enduro, or cross country. The Sierra Nevada Bike Park is a top choice for mountain bikers. Jump into Telecabina Borreguiles with your bike and in a few minutes you will be at the top of the mountain. If you are looking for spectacular mountain biking holidays, come to Sierra Nevada ‘ in June, July or August.

Sierra Nevada – nearest destinations: Granada, Nerja

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Best mountain biking in Andalucia

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Spanish Andalucia is probably the best mountain biking region in Europe. 320 sunny days a year, very versatile landscape including valley dirt roads, narrow forest trails, bumpy trails leading down big virgin hills or dangerous rocky trails winding down formidable mountains. Andalusia is a true MTB paradise. There is something for both beginners and experts.

It’s hard to pick the best MTB destinations in southern Spain as individual expectations are always different and there are simply too many amazing spots. Here’s what Best Andalucia considers most popular:

TOP MOUNTAIN BIKING IN ANDALUSIA SPAIN

    1. SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS – it’s best to come here in late spring, summer and early autumn,  the virgin mountains near Granada are true mountain biker’s paradiseCIMG3148_2
    1. SIERRA DE LAS NIEVES NATURAL PARK – the area around Ronda and Montecorto area abounds in great mountain biking paths
    1. MIJAS and BENALMADENA mountains, including the Cable Car trail, are easily accessible and very popular among mountain bikers on Costa del Sol
    1. TARIFA region, including Valle de Ojen, is great spot on Costa del la Luz
    1. OJEN region
  1. ALHAURIN EL GRANDE region
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