Mount Mulhacen, Spain

Geographic Location
Mulhacen is the highest mountain of Pyrenees and the Iberian peninsula of Spain with altitude of about 3,482 metres. The proximity of the Mulhacen with the Mediterranean Sea makes the position of mountain special. This mountain is a part of range of Sierra Nevada. Mulhacen named after Muley Hacen, Granada’s King during fifteenth century, who was buried in the summit of this mountain. This is also 3rd prominent peak topographically in the Western Europe.

How to Reach
By Air:
The internation airport at Malaga is connected with all important cities of Spain. It takes about two hours to reach Granada from Malaga Airport. You can also directly fly to Granada Airport, that connects few cities of Spain. Granada is hardly 5 to 6 miles from Mulhacen.
By Rail:
One can catch train to Granada, and then take a bus to the nearby villages of Mulhacen. From Granada you have frequent buses to valley of Pradollano and to Alpujarras.
By Road:
There are regular buses that run in and around the 3 main villages of the mountain: Capileira, Pampaneira, and Bubion. Alsa offers buses from Malaga to Granada. You can also find buses to several villages of Alpujarras, from where you can start you hike.

Tourist Destinations

  • Mulhacen offers different approach on each side of its routes during the hike up the peak. The southern part has convex slopes that slowly rise to the top, whereas the north part is steep with concave shaped rocks. This facilitates all type of mountaineers to climb up the peak.
  • As this mountain is the soul of National Park, the camping activity is forbidden. But there is one guarded hut called “Refugio de Pogueira” and also two non-guarded huts: Refugio de la Caldera and Villavientos
  • On reaching the summit of Mulhacen you can enjoy the amazing view on all directions. The shallow glaciers at one end and greeneries at the other end give you a mind blowing experience.
  • This mountain is also well known skiing peak in snowy seasons. The best skiing months are December to April.
  • At the north face of the mountain a V-shaped valley directed towards Granada forms Vega.
  • The Alpujarra valley and the Poqueira valley are the other valleys near the foot of the mountain adding beauty to the landscape.
  • National Park of Sierra Nevada has most of the unique species of Europe. You can also find some threatened species of plants such as Artemisia granatensis and Plantago nivalis. Apart from this some unique animal species including Spanish iblex, martens, wild boar, and badgers are also found.

Where to Stay
Below are some hotels including some star status hotel in Granada for your comfortable stay:

  • Vincci Selección Rumaykiyya
  • Hotel Ziryab
  • Hotel AR Lodge
  • Gran Hotel Monachil
  • Kenia Nevada Hotel
  • Monachil Hotel
  • Telecabina Hotel
  • Melia Sol Y Nieve
  • Vincci Rumaykiyya