Cerro de los Guardas – Veleta | 63 km.


By Juanjo Diaz de Argandoña
Camera Nikon D5100 @ ISO100 – 1/640
Lens Sigma 70 – 300 DG APO @ 135 mm. – f./6.3
Date January 5th 2014 – 12:07
Sierra Nevada range is a quite isolated mountain range South of Spain, having some of the tallest mountains in our country.
Its silhouette is always present when reaching Granada, the closest city. Even not being too far, this is how it looks like.

This picture was taken from the highway that goes from Granada to Murcia, when reaching Guadix.

On the trip back, the silhouette of Veleta peak, in the center of the image appears almost at 80 km away, and at the distance of this picture, there is an small hill that can be reached in a 5 minutes walk, allowing a much clearer image of Sierra Nevada.


The view was partially covered by clouds, but in a moment there was a break in the sky and the sun illuminated part of the scene.

Then, Veleta peak became clearly visible, at the right of the image.


NW face of Veleta peak is the only part of this massif that is not covered by “National Park” designation. This way it can hold Sierra Nevada ski resort, one of the most beautifu and big ski resort in Spain, and the southernmost of Europe.

Years ago, there was a road that covered all the way up to the summit of Veleta, the (then) highest road of Europe.


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