Recommended by Mary Roulston
Large lake situated in the west of Granada Province on the northern boundary of the Natural Park of Las Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara & Alhama with opportunity to enjoying numerous watersports.
Near Alhama de Granada
"Beautiful blue reservoir with beaches, picnic spots and a campsite. Pedalo hire available. The campsite has a pool but gets very noisy at weekends" (MR, Aug 09)
Recommended by Rachel Vincent
This is a great picnic site for families. If you drive up through Capileira approx 10km theres a track off the left, drive down to the bridge and the site is below.
"Great picnic spot with tables. The real attraction is the paddling pools and waterfall - go with swimming togs and towels and prepare to get wet." (RV, Aug 09)
Recommended by Jess Lawton
Sierra Nevada is the most southerly of all the ski resorts in Europe with a season from December through until March. There are a 75 pistes in total with ski schools for kids. For those who dont want to ski there are various snow activities on offer such as snow driving, sledging, iceskating and spas. The nursery and intermediate slopes are great for beginners and kids under five ski free. They can join the ski school, which caters for all levels, or take part in a number of other activities. There is a creche for children between four months and eight years old, a dedicated snow activity area, ice rink, toboggans, ski-bike, chair-bike, mini-ski, mini- snowboard and the latest addition of a russian sled ride, which is a combined bobsled rollercoaster ride. And new for 2013/14 is the giant ski-through Whale in the new family friendly ski area.
"It is quite a small resort so I think expert skiers would be bored but the facilities and activities are fab and its great for kids. Unlike most other resorts the creche takes babies from 4 months old." (JL, Nov 09)
To find out more on what the Sierra Nevada has to offer read Sophies blog post: www.granadaspain.co.uk/what-to-do/skiing-sierra-nevada-spain/
Recommended by Grainne Rogers
Monsul is one of many breathtakingly beautiful beaches within the Cabo de Gata nature reserve situated in the coastal part of the province of Almeria which is at the south-eastern extreme of Andalucia.
“This place had reached cult status in our imaginations as we’d been wanting to go here for so long; also it was listed in the Lonely Planet’s recently published Hidden Gems of Europe. Cabo de Gata is a natural protected reserve thanks to a remarkable lady called Francisca Díaz Torres, fondly known as Doña Paquita she is considered one of Spain’s great feminist icons and first ecologists. What makes this coastline so unique is the rock. If you go hiking in this area you can visit massive calderas (collapsed craters). The frequent eruptions threw up a wealth of minerals – gold, agate and alunite. The now almost abandoned village of Rodalquilar, just north of here, was once a thriving, gold mining town. At its peak in the 60’s it had a population of 1,400 people. Now less than 100 people live there surviving mostly on tourism. It’s well worth a visit! The huge lava spills from the volcanoes reached the sea and over the centuries the wind and water eroded the rock to form the incredible beaches that you find in Cabo. Look at these caves, an absolute wonderland for children.” (GR, Nov 2014)
How to get there:
San José is the main fishing village on this coastline. At the top of the town you take a well signposted road to the ‘playas’ which quickly turns into a rumbly forest track. After 2.5km you will pass the equally stunning beach of Genoveses and after another 1.5km you will see Monsul. You can park your car along the track but spaces are very limited. In summer, when visitors are at their peak, it is recommended to take the regular shuttle bus from San Jose (stops also at Genoveses and another beach farther on, Barronal).