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The Best Places to Stay in the Sierra Nevada National Park

The foothills of the Sierra Nevada National Park are sprinkled with charming little villages and hamlets, but the higher elevations are dramatic, snowcapped and a bit wild, craggy and exciting. During summer this is a fantastic place for a hiking or trekking adventure, what with having the highest peak on mainland Spain, but in winter the weather can be almost as dramatic as the terrain, so it’s better to stick to the foothills, or else the ski resorts. Our pick of the best places to stay in Sierra Nevada National Park are ideal whatever the season.

sierra nevadaAndrew Hurley via Flickr

Our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in the Sierra Nevada National Park include a couple of properties within the boundaries of the park, but also some charmers on the lower foothills. There’s a good price range in their recommendations too, but what they do all have in common are their amazing views!

sierra nevadaAndrew Hurley via Flickr

As well as being spectacular, the Sierra Nevada is also extremely important from a conservation perspective. It’s the largest park in Spain, and home to more then two thousand plant species, including a collection of beautiful crocuses, poppies, clovers and narcissus. There’s also a huge population of ibex.

Some of the towns in the valleys on the southern flank of the park can get quite busy. The Berber-style architecture, compressed layouts and hills which were carefully terraced hundreds of years ago, are quite unusual, especially because they’re surrounded by the strange arid slopes of this part of the park. But some remain undeveloped. The higher towns and hamlets are much quieter.

Use our guide to the best places to stay in the Sierra Nevada National Park and start to plan your stay. But remember that in peak season (both summer and winter) they will be very busy, so do your homework and book well ahead.

The Best Places to Stay in the Sierra Nevada National Park

Within the Sierra Nevada National Park

el lodge

  • El Lodge has about the best location going, on the Granada side of the park, tucked under the Pico Veleta. This upscale hotel has 20 carefully designed rooms featuring old ski posters and antler chandeliers, plus all the rooms open out onto a balcony or terrace. There’s a fine dining restaurant and a chic bar.
  • El Castanar Nazari is a simple, yet lovely, stone lodge on the ocean side of the park, with five rustic bedrooms and spectacular views. Children over 12 are welcome.

To Escape

la almunia del valle

  • La Almunia del Valle is a fantastic, 11 room guesthouse in the hills just below the national park. The traditional stone building has been beautifully modernised so that many of the original features survive. The views from the terrace and the pool are amazing.

The Best Value Places to Stay in the Sierra Nevada National Park

hotel villa sur

  • The Hotel Villa Sur is a quiet Andalusian house between Granada and the Sierra Nevada. There are 11 traditional rooms, with antique furnishings and stone floors. There’s an outdoor pool and a terrace with a jacuzzi. And rooms start from around £50 per night.
  • Casa Ana is a 400 year old country house, hugging the hillside just outside the park. There are eight rooms with exposed woodwork and open hearths, plus they do a Spanish breakfast of cold meats and pastries. Rooms start from around £70 per night.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in the Sienna Nevada for you?

The Best Places to Stay in the Sierra Nevada National Park

  • El Lodge 20 rooms from £307

    Sierra Nevada

    An upscale luxury hotel in a stunning location. Plush designer rooms feature old school ski posters, animal prints, and antler chandeliers. All rooms open out to a balcony or terrace and some come with hot tubs. Enjoy the fine dining restaurant, chic bar and cosy lounge. A cool mountain retreat.

    Active Holiday  -  Skiing being the main point of interest here, you may also opt to hike or go mountain biking in the surrounding mountains.
    Families  -  The ideal playground for the whole family, from the stunning spa and bar for adults to the basement kids club.
    Back to Nature  -  Enjoy the sweeping mountain views from the rooms, the restaurant and the spa and pool area as well.
    Local markets  -  A 30 minute ride away, explore Granada, an interesting city for its history and culture.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • El Castanar Nazari 5 rooms from £101

    Busquistar, Andalucía

    A lovely stone lodge in the middle of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park. Rustic bedrooms have wooden beams, fireplaces and stone floors. Spectacular views over the hills and mountains around from terraces. A great choice for a sporting summer or winter holiday.

    Views  -  Stunning mountain views
    Active Holiday
    Great walks  -  Fantastic walking country
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12 welcome.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • La Almunia del Valle 11 rooms from £96

    Granada (Monachil)

    Fantastic guesthouse in the hills of Sierra Nevada National Park. A traditional stone building with charming rooms that blend contemporary elements with stone floors, fireplaces, wooden beams and creamy furnishings. Fantastic views from terraces, pool, excellent food, and lots of activities around.

    Active Holiday
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  The Alhambra in Granada is just 5 miles away
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • Casa Ana 8 rooms from £72

    Andalucia, Andalucía

    Hugging Sierra Nevada's hillside is this 400 year old country abode. A typical Spanish breakfast of pastries and cold meats is served and there are several restaurants within walking distance. Exposed woodwork, warm reds and open hearths makes for inviting decor & the terrace is ideal for chilling.

    Back to Nature  -  The nearby Sierra Nevada is popular amongst seasoned walkers and the hotel organises up to seven day walking tours.
    Local markets  -  Visit the historical towns of Bubión, Pampaneira and Capileira for local handicrafts.
    Sights nearby  -  Spend the day visiting the sights of Granada.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, I Escape
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  • Hotel Villa Sur 11 rooms from £51

    Granada (Huetor Vega)

    A quiet hotel in an Andalusian house. Traditional rooms feature stone floors, antique style furnishings and all the mod cons. An outdoor pool, neat gardens and terrace with jacuzzi. Close to Granada but still in a secluded spot. A lovely base from which to explore the abundant sights around.

    Local exploring  -  Historic sights of Granada as Charles V Palace. Also within a short drive Alpujarra, Sierra Nevada and the Costa Tropical.
    Great walks  -  Along the Tropical Coast, located between the Coast of the Sun malagueña and the Coast of Almeria
    Local markets  -  Local crafts of leather, ceramics, wicker or jarapas of the Alpujarra
    Sights nearby  -  The Alhambra, the Royal Chapel, the Cathedral
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Thursday, 2nd March 2017
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