Sierra Ne­vada Ski Re­sort

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• Ski­ing down the slopes of the Sierra Ne­vada in An­dalu­cia, Spain is not for the faint of heart. Its high­est peak, Veleta, sits at 3,398 me­tres above sea level with a ver­ti­cal drop of 1,200 me­tres. You can choose from six ski ar­eas and over 124 pistes span­ning a to­tal of 106 kilo­me­tre runs, but bear in mind that this re­sort leans more to­wards blue and red run­ners. It only has 19 green runs, 40 blues, 50 reds, and for the true daredevil, seven black runs. If you’re into stay­ing in palaces but do not bear royal blood, stay at the Pala­cio de los Patos, a re­fur­bished 19th cen­tury palace with the splen­did ar­chi­tec­ture de­sign of its time. The Vincci Selec­cion Ru­maykiyya may also strike your fancy, a moun­tain ho­tel in the heart of Sierra Ne­vada that pro­vides di­rect ac­cess to the slopes.

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