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Day trips from Manilva and the Costa del Sol

If you are planning to stay in Manilva on the Costa del Sol but you want to explore inland Spain, drive to the Alpujarras or the Sierra Nevada in Granada.

A world away from the ´Costas´, the province of Granada is home to the Alpujarras, made famous by Chris Stewart´s book: ´Driving over Lemons.´ The former Genesis drummer made Andalusia his home, along with his family in 1988, and his first book beautifully describes the villages, the countryside and the foothills around the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

The Alpujarras are famous for their distinct architecture of box-shaped houses with flat clay roofs and the unique irrigation aqueducts that are still in used by local farmers. Situated 50km from Granada city, the area attracts walkers, climbers and campers to its green and pleasant landscapes, often carpeted with wild flowers and home to wandering goats.

You don´t have to venture far from the Costa del Sol to experience a completely different way of life in rural Spain. You only have to stroll through a small town or village in Granada between 2-6pm during summer, when the locals have retreated indoors to escape the searing heat of the afternoon sun. You will think you have wandered into a ghost town!

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Many of the traditional properties have few windows and were built with the heat in mind. With walls up to four feet thick to keep the houses cool in summer, and no air conditioning or central heating, many of the older properties retain their original features.

During winter, one of the traditional heating systems consists of hot coals in a dish under the table, which is covered with a long cloth. People sit around the table with the cloth covering their legs as the heat emanates from the coals. A great invention, but it doesn´t stop the rest of you getting cold!

The Andalusian countryside is as diverse as it is beautiful, and vast olive groves give way to rugged terrain, citrus trees and lunar-like landscapes.

Granada is situated in the eastern part of Andalusia and is bordered by the provinces of Malaga, Jaen, Murcia, Almeria and Cordoba, and its name comes from the Arab invasion in the 8th century.

Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada Mountain range is the most southerly ski resort in Europe, and welcomes winter sports fans from November to April each year. Mulhacén is the tallest mountain in continental Spain at 3,480 metres. As one of Europe's highest resorts, the Sierra Nevada is very snow-sure and typically has a long season.

The longest season on record was the winter of 2008/9 which ran from the 15th November 2008 until the 17th May 2009.

Sierra Nevada literally means "Snowy Mountain Range", and it includes some of the highest peaks in Europe, not to mention the highest concentration of peaks over 3,000m in the country.

The Sierra Nevada ski resort offers a wide and ever-expanding range of facilities as well as a terrain to suit skiers and snow boarders of all standards.

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