This is a very popular pilgrimage and mass among mountaineers from all Spain,and in Sierra Nevada is celebrated every year at the 5th of August, as you may know, the traditions in Spain is to carry the ecclestiac images in prosession in towns and villages on their anniversary.
Last night was the big night , and we runned away from the heat (round 40 degrees) in Granada, at the altitude of 2078 meters, called Pradollano , we had a nice luncheon with some friends, and then we went to have a rest.
This night is the only night you can drive up the old road going by the Veleta to The Alpujarras, as Sierra Nevada is a National Park, car or motorbike traffic is not allowed the rest of the year, and we went up with the car, and was so unlucky to have a flat tyre on the way, wich made us miss the mass, but we went to the place anyway, a walk only of 5 km, it was blowing hard in the beginning, but as we where reaching Los Tajos, the wind calmed down.
The feeling of immensity where ever you look, right over to El Mulhacen, the highest peak of 3482 meters, and all down to the Mediterranean Sea, overlooking Granada town.
In 1968 Sierra Nevada got a permanent sculpture o Our Lady o the Snow, realized in aluminium by Francisco Lopez Burgos , a 9 meter high altar made of local local flagstone, and the 3 meter high sculpture on the top precedes the Ski-Resort.
I will of course come back to the ski-resort in a couple o months, at he moment, one gondola and one chair lift is working, so you can have a view.