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Cycle the Highest Road in Europe – The 3384 Meter Pico Veleta

The Pico Veleta is one of the highest peaks in the Iberian Peninsula and the highest paved road in Europe with an altitude of 3384 Meters (11,102 feet) above sea level you can easily see it from Granada and its northern slope is home to Sierra Nevada Skiing station and the CAR HIGH PERFORMANCE CENTER where professional athletes come for altitude training.

The road crosses the mountain from Granada to western Alpujarras and it’s closed to the general public beyond Hoya de la Mora. Only employees of the ski station, park rangers, and cyclists are allowed to the peak.

Another great ride in the Sierra Nevada is from Cadiar to Trevelez which at 1,476 m is the highest white village and home to Spain’s famous Serrano mountain hams.

If you want to attempt these two rides we can also visit Guadix, home of the cave dwelling troglodytes where we can stay overnight in a cave hotel

We can also visit Granada, home of the amazing Alhambra palace which is the most popular monument in Spain and a Unesco World Heritage Site.

CAR Sierra Nevada is located at 2320 meters

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