Peninsular Spain's second-highest mountain is 11,125 feet high. The view from its summit across the Alpujarras range to the sea at distant Motril is stunning, and on a very clear day you can see the coast of North Africa. When the snow melts (July and August) you can drive or take a minibus from the Albergue Universitario (Universitario mountain refuge) to within around 400 yards of the summit—a trail takes you to the top in around 45 minutes. It's cold up there, so
take a warm jacket and scarf, even if Granada is sizzling hot.