A ski holiday in Spain may not be the first choice when it comes to getting your mountain fix. Spain is typically known as a summer holiday destination rather than a winter getaway. Surprisingly, Spain has a great selection of high-elevation ski resorts that have a terrific snow record. The country is the second most mountainous country in Europe and well-equipped to offer an unforgettable ski holiday.

Many ski resorts in Spain have a good variety of ski terrain to suit every ability. The slopes are generally uncrowded, and the lift queues are short, making it a great destination for those wanting to make the most of their ski holiday. The great benefit of skiing in Spain is the long hours of sunshine in the winter months. Is there anything better than soaking up the bluebird rays out on the slopes? Celebrate the end of a successful day skiing and enjoy a refreshing tipple. Here is our top pick of the best après ski and nightlife in Spain.

Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada is one of the highest ski resorts in Europe and offers reliable high-altitude ski terrain. Visit for the terrific skiing, remarkable views, and excellent snow cover.

The very imaginatively named bar in El Lodge is the perfect place to unwind after a day of skiing. Either pop in for a pre-dinner aperitif or stay for an evening sampling the cocktail menu. The menu showcases vibrant flavours in both its classic cocktails and new-age creations. The Glühwein El Lodge is a particular standout and is popular with many. With a cinnamon, port, and brandy base, it will most definitely clear the cobwebs away after your first sip. The taste is rich and warming, nodding to the typical flavours of the mountains. For a sophisticated evening, a drink in The Bar is an absolute must.

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El Lodge is a luxurious five-star hotel just moments away from the piste. The Alpine paradise is the perfect escape for an elegant ski holiday.

Sierra Nevada ski holidays

The Bar

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For a late-night bar, visit the SOHMO bar in Sierra Nevada. Coined one of the best après ski bars in Spain, the atmosphere is like no other. Listen to the live music sets and dance the night away into the late hours. Organisers regularly have dedicated themed events throughout the season that are promoted on their social media. Make sure you check these out before visiting!

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Hotel Melia Sierra Nevada is in an enviable location, just 100m from the ski lifts, shops, bars and restaurants. The sophisticated and elegant hotel combines traditional furnishings with contemporary facilities.

Sierra Nevada ski holidays


Photo Credit: SOHMO

Another great late-night spot in Sierra Nevada is Pub Jaleo. First opened in 1976, Pub Jaleo is one of the oldest drinking establishments in the ski resort. The place transforms through the day from a cafe to a cafe-pub then from 10pm onwards it defines itself as a disco-pub. The music choice is ambiguous and has an interesting range from foreign pop, house, and Spanish classics. For a truly memorable evening head to Pub Jaleo and let your hair down.

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Meliá Sol y Nieve has an excellent wellness centre within the hotel, perfect for unwinding after a long ski day. Explore the other fabulous amenities the hotel has to offer, including a luxurious spa, kids club, live music and delicious dinners.

Sierra Nevada ski holidays

Pub Jaleo

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With 160km of slopes, Baqueira should not be slept on. Split between three areas, most of the runs are suited to beginners and intermediates. Explore the heli-skiing options on a powder day, it will be an unforgettable experience.

Baqueira Bar 1500 is set at the foot of the slopes and is a spacious location for drinks on the sunny terrace. The bar is seen as a central hub for skiers and snowboarders alike. The destination is in the best position and somewhere that is hard to avoid. Be persuaded by casual drinks or by an afternoon coffee after you’ve completed your day of skiing. There’s a small space inside when the weather drops, but the majority of punters stay outside on the wooden decking. On Saturdays there is live music sets and DJ sessions which you need to experience, it is the perfect way to round off your holiday.

Baqueira Bar 1500

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If you’re looking for a real party, head to Moët Winter Lounge to celebrate the end of a ski day. Here you will find live DJ sets and copious amounts of champagne. The afternoon begins with sophisticated drinks on the terrace and by sunset, begins to become livelier. Expect to be dancing in your ski boots until sunset in the popular après ski bar. Visit the location early in the afternoon and sample the delicious menu. Unwind in the sun with a bottle of Moët and Chandon before it starts to get busy. The Instagrammable bar is directly on the piste and is perfect for people-watching.

Moët Winter Lounge

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To find out more about the best après ski and nightlife in Spain, call our ski experts on 020 7471 7700.

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