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The Andalusian mountains of Sierra Nevada, which means Snowy Range in Spanish, are a much-loved destination for tourists, who flock to this area to rent private Sierra Nevada holiday lettings such as apartments and chalets for their ski trips. This region in the south of Spain is particularly popular, as not only does it have great snowy conditions for skiing and other sports such as hiking, canyoning and mountain biking (this national park is also the highest mountain range in Europe after the French Alps), but it's also got a lovely sunny climate and boasts glacial lakes, deep gorges and flowing rivers. This is a very unique location, as it is located close to both sea and mountains, so you can enjoy a view of the sea on your way down the slopes, and it also boasts a vast range of flora and fauna which is ideal for birdwatchers. Los Cahorros gorge, situated in the Monachil valley in Granada, is a really picturesque area to go walking in. The area is covered in wild flowers and many fruit trees and perennial herbs, and it has a hanging bridge which you can cross to make the most of the very impressive views available here.
Very near to your holiday home in Sierra Nevada at the foot of the mountains, you will find the city of Granada, which of course houses the famous Moorish palace and fortress of La Alhambra, which is an extremely remarkable building full of amazing architecture and intricately detailed decoration. Attached to this is the Generalife, which is a garden area fit for kings, filled with water fountains and reflective pools which mirror the beautiful delicate decorations on the walls. This area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, and if you travel here during your stay in a self catering Sierra Nevada holiday home, apartment or villa, then you'll definitely see why. If you're interested in architecture, history, or even simply taking the time out to appreciate something really beautiful, then you'll be blown away by these Islamic palaces. Another hotspot for visitors who rent properties here is the Albaicín, where you'll really be able to feel the Moorish influence thanks to its narrow meandering streets and the houses' distinct façades. If this sort of Islamic art and architecture sounds interesting to you, maybe you'd like to travel to the nearby country of Morocco, where you can see Marrakech in Marrakesh Tensift El Houz or the region of Fès-Boulemane which contains the old capital of the country, Fès.
This is not only a top location if you're thinking of going for an adventure-filled skiing trip. There are many things to see in Sierra Nevada, for example from your rental accommodation, you can take a trip to the botanical garden Jardín Botánico de La Cortijuela, which contains about 100 different plant species to be seen. There is also a natural spa with waters which are renowned for their healing qualities, Balneario de Lanjarón, for when you need a break from the slopes, or maye you'd like to visit the Tibetan Monastery O Sel Ling. There's a colourful Buddhist stupa in its entrance, and the Dalai Lama named this monastery 'the Place of the Clear Light' because of the views that it offers over the Alpujarras. If you like the sound of the peace and tranquility here, another place close to Andalusia is Alentejo just across the border in Portugal, which provides some splendid beaches that not a lot of tourists have discovered yet. Wherever you plan to book your vacation, have a nice time!
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