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Winter in Marbella is truly a privileged time of year. The mild climate means that on sunny days—and with 320 days of sunshine a year there are plenty of them—living an outdoor lifestyle is a year round option.

Sierra NevadaFor those lucky enough to own a villa or apartment on the Costa del Sol, days on the golf course, tennis, sailing, fishing and hiking are all popular ways of enjoying the fresh air and beautiful weather. But there is another option more typical of chillier climes, one that many might feel is beyond reach without taking a flight from Málaga’s airport—that of winter sports.

Just over two hours drive away is the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada, the most southerly ski slopes in Europe and also the sunniest. Based around a picturesque village, the resort offers first class facilities in which to enjoy downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing, as well as hiking trails. The restaurants and cafés offer excellent value for money meals and snacks, while more luxurious dining facilities are available at the plush hotels and lodges bordering the slopes.

Top quality ski facilities in Spain

The skiing conditions and facilities themselves are acknowledged to be of a high standard, with 107 kilometres of runs where 353 snow cannons ensure 35 kilometres of piste when snowfalls have been light. As well as 40 blue, 50 red, 16 green and nine black runs, there are cross-country trails and Spain’s largest snowboarding park. The resort has hosted International Ski Federation events, including the 1996 Alpine World Ski Championships and the 2015 Winter Universiade—the world university games.Sierra Nevada skiing

The Sulayr snowboard park has been upgraded over the past few years as the resort gears up for the combined 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships, due to be held in March of that year, ensuring exceptional facilities for aficionados of those disciplines. Indeed, freestyle star Jon Olsson ranked his skiing experience at the Sierra Nevada resort in his top five ever—read his blog here.

The option of having winter sports just over two hours away means that those buying a property in Marbella really do have the best of all winter worlds—mild weather, sandy beaches and swaying palms on the one hand, and mountain slopes, snowy landscapes, skiing thrills and après ski on the other. If you would like to share in this lifestyle and invest in a villa, apartment or townhouse on the Costa del Sol, please contact us to discuss your requirements.


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