Veleta (Sierra Nevada)

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Veleta Peak.JPG
The summit of Veleta
Elevation 3,394 m (11,135 ft)[1]
3,396 m (11,142 ft)[2]
3,398 m (11,148 ft)[3]
Veleta is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Location Granada, Andalucia, Spain
Range Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 37°3′24″N 3°21′57″W / 37.05667°N 3.36583°W / 37.05667; -3.36583Coordinates: 37°3′24″N 3°21′57″W / 37.05667°N 3.36583°W / 37.05667; -3.36583
Easiest route From Granada
The mountain and ski area

Veleta ("Weather vane") or Pico del Veleta is the third highest peak of the Iberian peninsula and the second highest in the Sierra Nevada. Its height is given variously as 3,394 metres (11,135 ft),[1] 3,396 metres (11,142 ft)[2] and 3,398 metres (11,148 ft).[3]

The mountain can be seen from the city of Granada. Veleta's northern slopes are home to the Sierra Nevada Ski Station. The access road that takes one to approximately 10 metres below the summit is the highest paved road in Europe across the mountains from Granada to the western Alpujarras. This road was built after the creation of the Sierra Nevada National Park in 1999.[4] It has been closed to general traffic beyond Hoya de la Mora, just above the ski station. However, the road is still used by ski station employees, national park rangers, cyclists and walkers, and there is also a microbus service[5] that takes hikers up to Posiciones del Veleta, a viewpoint 3,100 metres above sea level. In summer it is a relatively easy walk up to the summit from there.

The Corral de la Veleta or Corral del Veleta glacier, at 37° N the southernmost glacier in Europe, disappeared in 1913.[6]

On Pico Veleta at an elevation of 2920 m is the location of the IRAM 30m telescope.

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  1. ^ a b Editorial Penibetica (declination 2005). Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada (Map). 1:40000 (La Alpujarra Marquesado del Zenete ed.). ISBN 84-933461-9-5.
  2. ^ a b Editorial Alpina (2006-2007 (declination 1999)). Sierra Nevada La Alpujarra (Map). 1:40000. Mapa Excursionista. ISBN 84-8090-255-8.
  3. ^ a b Walmsley, Andy (2006). Walking in the Sierra Nevada (2nd ed.). Milnthorpe, Cumbria: Cicerone. p. 185. ISBN 1-85284-435-3. 
  4. ^ Junta de Andalucia - Sierra Nevada
  5. ^ Microbus services in the Sierra Nevada
  6. ^ Veleta or Pico de Veleta - Iberianature

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