Veleta ("Weather vane") or Pico del Veleta is the third highest peak in mainland Spain and the second highest in the Sierra Nevada. Its height around 3,394 metres
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. 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 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 at Mulhacen from there.