Mulhacén rises to 3482m making it the highest peak in the Iberian Peninsula and continental Spain. It is part of the Sierra Nevada range in the Cordillera Penibética. Its name comes from the Spanish transciption of Muley Abul Hassan, the penultimate Muslim King of Granada in the 15th century. Legend has it he was buried on the summit of the mountain, though the name is post-Reconquista. Mulhacén is also the highest peak in Europe outside the Alps and the Caucasus Mountains, and the third most "topographically prominent" peak in Western Europe, after Mont Blanc and Mount Etna. But this is not a dramatic mountain in terms of steepness or local relief. Indeed, until 1805 no one was sure whether Veleta (3,396 m) or Mulhacen (3,479 m) was the highest peak in Iberia. Locals, possibly ironically, know the gently sloping but immense Mulhacen as a 'cerro' or hill, while the more spectacular Veleta is accorded the status of a mountain.
A Biography of Spanish mountains