It is that time of the year. I look out of my window and what do I see. Snow.
There are still people who believe snow never finds it way to Spain, but it does and, in some locations, for many months of the year.
Snow brings with it the chance to see places in Spain in a whole new light, a bright, white light.
And the light of the snow certainly offers a whole different backdrop to some locations in Spain.
Take Granada for example. Can there be a finer contrast than sunshine, blue skies and snow covered mountains? When you walk around this city between November and April you will be doing so against a backdrop of the snow covered Sierra Nevada mountains.
Up at the ski resort, the most southerly such resort in all of Europe, people are being sporty and active but, down below in the city centre, it is likely warm enough to sit outside a bar for a coffee, some tasty churros con chocolate or a nice glass of locally produced wine.
Sit back, chill out and look up and admire the stunning view. On many days you will be able to get a sun tan while sat looking at the snow.
Don’t try to see the city and all it has to offer in a day. You cannot hope to do that. Spend a few days there and do so in the winter months when daytime temperatures are pleasant and the scenery is at its most spectacular.
A day spent wandering the back streets of the city is an education. Go to some of the classy individual shops and, when you have shopped until you have dropped, it will be time to go to a traditional tapas bar in Granada. If you want to sit down, be early or stand at the bar and enjoy the throng. Be both part of the action and a spectator.
You are in a very authentic Andalusian city, so make the most of it. Visit its history via the numerous museums on offer, but also get a feel for what it is like today.
If you want to get even closer to the snow, then you could hop on a bus to towns such as Güéjar Sierra, nestled below the Sierra Nevada mountains or, if you want to hear the sound of crunching snow underfoot, drive to the villages of La Alpujarra, and take a break there.
Again, don’t rush it, spend some time in this land that time forgot.
|A magnificent backdrop in Granada|
Which reminds me… if you want to be by the sea while looking at snow, then go no further south to the city of Motril.
For many months of the year you can sunbathe on the beach of Playa Granada and have the sea in front of you and the snow covered mountains behind you. Turn your chair around so that you follow the sun and are able to take in that amazing view of snow, set against a blue sky and yet with the sound of the waves in your ears.
The best of both worlds.
|A view from the beaches of the Costa Tropical|
|Lunchtime at Sierra Nevada ski resort|