Parking

There are three main public parking areas in the Sierra Nevada ski resort:

  • Plaza de Andalucia
  • Las Sabinas
  • Los Peñones

To avoid paying anything, try driving down through the village through the mid-zone where the intermediate stop of the Parador chairlift is. Street parking is free in most areas around here.

* The huge "Plaza Andalucia" underground car park lies directly beneath the central square and holds a vast parking capacity for 2,644 vehicles. It is excellently linked to the main shops, lifts and lift-pass office. Daily rates range from 17 - 21 Euros (W2017-18)

* An overflow carpark has been incorporated higher up in the ski village called "Las Sabinas". It is less convenient in terms of proximity to the lifts essentially requiring the use of the public shuttle bus service but at 5 euros per day (W2017-18) it is a pretty small price to pay!

* The Los Peñones carpark offers 750 spaces at the top of the ski village and provides convenient parking with direct* chairlift access to the slopes (not suitable for complete beginners!). For 5 euros per day (W2017-18) you can leave your car here and take the 6-seater high speed chairlift "Virgen de las Nieves" up to the pistes if you are a lower intermediate skier or better confident on Blue runs - Lift passes may also be purchased here. For beginners or less confident skiers, the Parador chairlift transports you down to the central squares and is a short walk (about 10 minutes) down from the parking area. Alternatively the public shuttle bus service to the central squares passes by this carpark approximately every 20 minutes.

There is a segregated area here for up to 100 mobile homes to park at 10 euros per day (W2017-18). Please note that there are no water or electric power facilities here!

*Check on the opening staus of the "Virgen de las Nieves" chairlift before commiting to this carpark. During later season periods in particular (mid-april onwards) the snow melt is heaviest in this area and often this is one of the first chairlifts to close down for the season due to lack of snow cover!

It is worth noting that in spite of the large capacities, the car parks can fill up extremely quickly during high season periods and weekends - especially if the snow conditions are good and weather is clear! During these times it is worth arriving in the resort before before 8.30am to guarantee a place, (particularly down in the Plaza Andalucia carpark).

If you arrive and find the car parks full, then parking is often permitted along sections of the main access road as you enter the resort. The local police are present to direct traffic at busy times and even at the base of the road up to the resort (in Granada) you may find police controls advising on potential congestion and delays. Do not try to be clever and park in any little space that appears free unless it is a designated parking area. The police are very quick with the tow truck!

If your car is towed, it is taken to a compound located on the second floor (Level -2) of the Plaza Andalucia car park. Fines vary but as a minimum you could expect to pay around 100€ if you are a resident in Spain and double this if not. Most hotels and many apartments have parking facilities either included or at extra cost but either way, it is worthwhile considering the option to avoid complications!

 

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