The Clayton's Travels travel blog

Basilica de Nuestra Senora de las Angustias

Walking in Granada

Taking a rest in Granada

Cat feeding her kitten - on my lap! At Camping Reina Isabel

David at the entrance to Camping Reina Isabel

Awesome day at Sierra Nevada

The first run

We posed for a Portuguese lady to take this

Bottom of the run at Pradollano village

Sierra Nevada taken from the cable car

From the bus going back down the mountain

The Sierra Nevada mountains from near our campground in Granada

Internet at Camping Reina Isabel has not been working so I was unable to update our journal.

We had a couple more days of rain earlier in the week, but we caught the bus into town again on Monday. We saw the beautiful Basilica de Nuestra Senora de las Angustias and walked across the city to the Bus Station to check out the parking for Homer, intending to take the bus up to Pradollano to go skiing. And we walked past Camping Sierra Nevada which we’d looked up on the internet where it was listed as closed – and it was open! Although it is €30 per night with electricity it is a few hundred yards along the road from the bus station.

So yesterday we said goodbye to Camping Reina Isabel, a site we both really loved, and moved to the other side of Granada to Camping Sierra Nevada (N 37°11'52" W 3°36'42"). Shortly after we settled in the Aussie couple we met in El Berro arrived, so we spent a pleasant couple of hours over drinks with Albertine and Glenn before they went into town for dinner.

Today we caught the 10am bus from the bus station up to Pradollano and the Sierra Nevada Resort, with all our equipment brought from New Zealand, and unused to date. The return bus ticket was €9 each for the 45min trip, and we paid for day passes, €45 for David and €36 for me (being over 60! for which I had taken my passport to verify). The day was just beautiful and we enjoyed beautiful soft snow on wonderfully wide groomed trails. We did a couple of green runs first – it’s 2½ years since we last skied – and then lovely long blue runs. The lifts from the bottom are cable cars while the ones further up are carpet/chairlifts. With more than 100 kilometres of trails, 24 lifts and 120 ski runs this is truly wonderful skiing and today we had a perfect day.

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