This is the highest peak in Andalusia after the Sierra Nevada. Its peaks remain covered in snow during autumn, winter and early spring. It is nestled to the back of the Sierra de Cazorla and the Sierra de la Segura, in the far north of the province of Granada, and rises up alone surrounded by other much lower mountains.
The surrounding landscape is full of dramatic contrasts, from an almost steppe-like vegetation in some areas to remarkably thick forests of pine and oak. It is made up of 70,000 hectares containing a great deal wildlife (especially birds), flora (with some similarities to the Moroccan Atlas Mountains) and a generally varied landscape.