Welcome the new year in Spain’s highest, most southern ski resort and the rest of the year will have a LOT to live up to… Stretching from 2100m high to a snow sure and scenic 3300m (on the Veleta Peak), this ski area has a good amount to offer each and every level of skier and snowboarder. The ski area has usually been open for a month by now, so there should be a good build-up of natural snow as well as artificial cover from the 350 snow cannons.
New Year’s Eve is called Nochevieja in these parts. Fireworks and torchlit descents create real spectacles in the mountains and you’ll usually find all kinds of parties in the venues of Pradollano. Previous years have seen Plaza de Andalucía kitted out with a big screen, and hosting live bands and a party until 2am.
If the weather’s right, an incredible way to see out the old year is watching the sun set from the Veleta peak. In previous seasons, groups of 10 have been able to arrange a snow groomer ride up from Pradollano, with the whole trip taking about two hours.
For bigger New Year’s Celebrations, spend the night in Granada where there’s usually a gathering of thousands by the Town Hall.
Spanish tradition has it that as the bells chime for midnight, you should eat a grape for each chime to ensure good luck in the new year.
New Year’s Day tends to be a quiet one, and the ski slopes can be gloriously crowd free. In the following few days, events for children (like puppet shows) are often hosted at Plaza de Andalucía.
The country’s main Christmas celebrations take place on the 5th and 6th of January, when Spain celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem with parades, sweet treats and present giving. Keep an eye on the El Rio piste in the evening of January 5th – traditionally the Three Wise Men will ski down to give out gifts.
Most of our Sierra Nevada holidays come in the form of packages with flights, transfers and hotel accommodation. Half board hotels make your stay simple by serving breakfasts and suppers moments from your bedroom, throughout your stay (most put on a special dinner for New Year’s Eve). B&B packages give you a bit more freedom to check out the local restaurants – we suggest putting any January dieting on hold so you can try the amazing fine dining at Ruta del Veleta and the steaks and fondue at Little Morgan…
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