It´s easy to combine a ski holiday in Sierra Nevada with some serious beach-time! It´s perfectly possible to be skiing in the morning and basking on a beach in the afternoon.
The Costa Del Sol is barely two hours' drive from the Sierra Nevada ski resort, making this entirely feasible.
And in addition to the lure of the beaches, the Costa Del Sol has dozens of fine golf courses which line the Mediterranean coast and dot the skirts of the coastal mountains- a Mecca for golfers.
The provincial capital of Malaga is an interesting city steeped in history with two castles the world famous Piccasso Museum and with a large commercial port dominating its sea front.
At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains is the fabled city of Granada and its surrounding provincial delights which extends from the Mediterranean beaches of the "Tropical Coast" in the south to the plateaus of its northeast corner.
The net result is an incredible variety of fascinating climes, sites and places of interest. Just 30 minutes' drive down the ski resort, the historical city of Granada holds countless monumental treasures of National Heritage.
The most famous of these is, of course, the Alhambra fortress and palace complex. During the reign of the Moors, Granada was a kingdom in its own right, and the Alhambra was home to royalty, along with their courtesans and slaves. It was also a formidable military garrison.
This stretch of coast runs from Motril to Nerja, at which point it becomes the more famous Costa del Sol.
The drive to Motril takes less than an hour from Granada. One of the villages well worth exploring here is Salobreña.
Topped by a Moorish castle, there are expansive views over a huge expanse of flat agricultural land running along the coast, with the mountains behind stretching up to the Sierra Nevada where snow can be seen during the winter months.
Leaving the Sierra Nevada ski resort, heading in an easterly direction as if towards Murcia and approximately 30 minutes' drive from Granada, you will find Guadix, a traditional Spanish/Moorish town famed for its casas cuevas (cave houses), most of which are quite civilized with all mod cons.
Dominated by its huge cathedral in the centre, the town is full of bars/cafes and restaurants and colonial style buildings with Moorish influence mixed in. Well worth visiting is its vibrant weekly street market.
About one and half hours' drive from Sierra Nevada ski resort, along a route which circumnavigates the mountains, is the south face of Sierra Nevada known as Las Alpujarras.
These are the lower mountains that lead up to the Sierra Nevada from the sea, and are home to some of the most exquisite white villages in the region, where it feels as if time has stood still.
One of the most renowned is the award-winning picturesque village of Pampaneira.