Observatorio del Pico Veleta-IRAM

Observatorio del Pico Veleta-IRAM

Observatorio del Pico Veleta is a high mountain observatory at an elevation of 2.856m (9,370ft) above the sea level, located in the region of Andalusia, province of Granada, in Spain. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Europe.

The observatory is operated by the Institute for Radio Astronomy in the Millimeter Range (IRAM). The road to the summit, located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range,  is asphalted. It was built in 1980. The high elevation with its risk of altitude sickness, weather concerns, steep road grade and overall inaccessibility make the travel dangerous and difficult. The road is usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting). The IRAM 30m telescope is one of today's largest and most sensitive millimeter telescopes. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Pic: Eduardo Sánchez