Sierra Nevada (Spain)

Sierra Nevada
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View of the Sierra Nevada
Highest point
Elevation3,479 m (11,414 ft)
Coordinates37°03′N 03°18′W / 37.050°N 3.300°W / 37.050; -3.300
Sierra Nevada is located in Spain
Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada
Location in Spain
LocationProvinces of Granada, Almería and Málaga
Parent rangePenibaetic System
Age of rockTertiary
Mountain typeAlpine

Sierra Nevada (Spanish: [ˈsjera neˈβaða]; meaning "snow-covered mountain range") is a mountain range in the Andalusian province of Granada in Spain. It contains the highest point of continental Spain:[note 1] Mulhacén, at 3,479 metres (11,414 ft) above sea level.

It is a popular tourist destination, as its high peaks make skiing possible in one of Europe's most southerly ski resorts, in an area along the Mediterranean Sea predominantly known for its warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. At its foothills is found the city of Granada, and a little further south, Almería and Málaga.

Parts of the range have been included in the Sierra Nevada National Park. The range has also been declared a biosphere reserve. The Sierra Nevada Observatory and the IRAM radiotelescope are located on the northern slopes at an elevation of 2,800 metres (9,200 ft).
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