The highest mountains on the Peninsula
This park combines scenic beauty and ecological importance, as well as being home to the highest peaks on the peninsula. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1986.
It is located to the southeast of Granada and extends to the eastern edge of Almeria. It has both gentle slopes and steep cliffs, and is home to the highest peaks on the Iberian peninsula, the Mulhacen and the Veleta. It is a site of exceptional scenic value, shaped by its glacial origins and containing forests and diverse areas of natural vegetation. The park also has rich hydrological resources, including several natural mineral springs. Fifteen of its peaks are over 3,000 metres high. It has over 2,000 plant species (66 of them exclusively endemic), and its la fauna includes amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. The most characteristic species in its wide biodiversity is the Spanish ibex.