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Granada and Around

Granada is Nicaragua's most popular tourist destination, and the area offers everything a traveler could want. Beautiful architecture? This is the oldest colonial city in the Americas, with an unmatched architectural heritage. Volcanoes? Hike up Volcan Masaya for a chance to stare into the bubbling lava that once swallowed human sacrifices. Tranquil waters? Las Isletas provides cool and clean swimming opportunities, and if you head a bit further out the crystal clear waters of Laguna de Apoyo beckon.

It's no wonder that many travelers get stuck here. Whether it's volunteering, studying Spanish, or writing a travel guide, the city has a way of keeping you around. Granada has great restaurants and some of the nicest hotels and best-equipped hostels in Nicaragua. And with the country being as small as it is it's tempting to use the city as a base to explore the entire surrounding region. Pueblas Blancas, Mombacho, and Masaya are all easy daytrips from the city.

Granada is the highlight of a trip to Nicaragua, and many trips to Central America as well. No matter what your time-frame or budget, you can afford a few days here.









By Mike Karanicolas

Michael Karanicolas is awesome.

25 Jun 2008

Historical Granada

Cathedral

122743This magnificent neoclassical cathedral is the jewel in the crown of Granada's architectural beauty. Although, like most of Granada's great buildings, it had to be rebuilt after William Walker ...
Historical Building
Granada, Nicaragua

Iglesia de Guadalupe

The crumbling facade on this ancient building gives way to a beautifully maintained interior. Decked out in Granada's traditional yellow and white with Corinthian columns, the church features an ...
Historical Building
Granada, Nicaragua

Iglesia la Merced

122815Described by some as the prettiest church in Granada, Iglesia la Merced is best visited at sunset. For 20 C you can ascend to the top of the belltower and watch the sun go down over Granada's ...
Historical Building
Granada, Nicaragua

Iglesia Xalteva

This elegant old church follows the usual Granada pattern: a decaying original exterior hiding a gleaming renovated interior. The frescoes and beautifully carved altar are worth checking out, and are ...
Historical Building
Granada, Nicaragua

Pueblos Blanco

104581 While probably not the highlight of a trip to Granada, Pueblos Blancos can be a nice side trip for a few hours. The bus takes around one hour to reach Catarina, where it is difficult to spot the ...
Historical Building
Granada, Nicaragua

Antigua Estación de Ferrocaril

122755 Granada's historic train station has now been restored and converted into a carpentry and metalworking school. Although this station is not generally a major tourist draw, as trains no longer run, ...
Historical Building
Granada, Nicaragua

La Capilla María Romero Meneses

This tiny chapel honors a Granada-born nun, María Romero Meneses, who dedicated her life to helping the poor of Costa Rica. For her work, she was beatified in April 2002. The chapel is nothing ...
Historical Building
Granada, Nicaragua

Casa Natal Sor Maria Romero Meneses

Maria Romero Meneses (1902-1977) is known as Central America’s first official saint for her humanitarian work and miracles. At the age of 12, she suffered from a form of rheumatic fever which left ...
Historical Building
Granada, Nicaragua

Maverick's

Maverick\'s is a cool little shop that sells Nicaraguan and other Central American handicrafts, English and Spanish magazines, English books and maps of the region.Established in 2003, this expat and ...
Historical Building
Historical Center, Granada, Nicaragua

Tours of Granada

Explore Central America - Nicaragua

Explore Central America - Nicaragua is a small, family owned and run tour operator that offers responsible tourism packages to Nicaragua. Affordable, and down to earth they enable visitors to see a ...
Tour Operator
Granada, Nicaragua

ORO Travel

ORO Travel, a well established international travel agency and the pioneer of tour operators in Nicaragua, provides high quality services such as: day tours, packages, circuits, self-drive tours, ...
Tour Operator
Granada, Nicaragua

Nicaragua Adventures

From kayaking on Lake Nicaragua to all-inclusive tours of Isla de Ometepe, this French tour agency offers a wide range of services . They do trips to just about every volcano in the region, with ...
Tour Operator
Granada, Nicaragua

CAST

An international tour operator with connections in Costa Rica and Panamá, CAST is an excellent resource for booking tours or accommodations in these countries. They also book international and ...
Tour Operator
Granada, Nicaragua

Va Pues / Paxeos

In a small blue house next to Granada's cathedral is an office that houses three separate tour agents. Va Pues offers volcano and nature expeditions around the country, Isletas Express offers ...
Tour Operator
Granada, Nicaragua

Amigo Tours

Centrally located within the Hotel Colonial, Amigo Tours offers a wide range of services. They can organise trips, and of course tours, including popular visits to local volcanoes. They can also ...
Tour Operator
Granada, Nicaragua

Leo's Tours

Leo's Tours is a locally owned and operated organisation. They offer trips to volcanoes throughout the region, as well as city tours of Granada. Although Leo’s Tours is definitely one of the ...
Tour Operator
Granada, Nicaragua

NicarAgua Dulce SA

NicarAgua Dulce SA is the only aquatic tour operator in all Central America that specializes in sightseeing the wetlands, islands, rivers, birds and also offers photo tours, all with its own ...
Tour Operator
Granada, Nicaragua

Tours Opera Gioconda

About Nicaragua Tours Reservations “Opera Gioconda” Located in Granada country shores to the big lake from Nicaragua or Cocibolca the office is located in the Historical center in the hearth ...
Tour Operator
Las Isletas, Nicaragua

Museums in Granada

Convento y Iglesa de San Fransisco

104583This fascinating place keeps even the non-Museum person interested. The complex, which dates to the 16th century, is a pleasant place, planted with tall palms in the central courtyard, and is ...
Museum
Granada, Nicaragua

Casa de los Tres Mundos

Housed in a beautiful early 19th century colonial building, this international cultural center is also often known by its former name, the Casa de los Leones. Operated by the foundation "Casa ...
Museum
Granada, Nicaragua

Mi Museo

Mi Museo is a small museum that contains an interesting collection of pre-Columbian ceramic artefacts. Some of the paintings and patterns are quite intriguing, and if you are interested in ceramics ...
Museum
Granada, Nicaragua

Chocomuseo

ChocoMuseo is a fantastic chocolate experience in the heart of Granada\'s historical district. The museum offers a workshop where you can make your own chocolate starting from the cacao bean. ...
Museum
Historical Center, Granada, Nicaragua

Chocomuseo

144736Free admission to the Cacao and Chocolate Museum located in Hotel Spa Granada. Visitors may learn about the history of cacao, how cacao grows, and how chocolate is made. ChocoMuseo has its own ...
Museum
Calle Atravesada, Granada, Nicaragua

Granada's Hotels

Hostal Central

104575This is a good place for those on a low budget. It offers a variety of accommodation types, all of which are clean, if scruffy (concrete is falling off some room walls). But what you do get is a ...
Hotel
Granada, Nicaragua

Posada San Jose

Posada San Jose is a new hotel in Granada, opened in early November 2008. The owner, Edgar Monterrey, gave us a lift back to Granada when we were stranded at Asese restaurant on the lake. Posada San ...
Hotel
Granada, Nicaragua

Dolphin Guest House

The Dolphin Guest house is located in a private and safe community, with a nice breeze that comes from the lake, just seven minutes away from the main square of Granada. Buses go by the entrance ...
Hotel
Granada, Nicaragua

Casa Silas B & B

Casa Silas offers very comfortable queen-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms with hot showers. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioning and ceiling fans, and also have skylights through which you ...
Hotel
Granada, Nicaragua

Oasis Hostel

104571This hostel totally lives up to its name. It is a real oasis in the sweltering town of Granada. The entrance leads into a tree-filled courtyard that has hammocks and whicker chairs surrounded by ...
Hotel
Granada, Nicaragua

El Club

This is a lovely place. There is WiFi, very nice rooms and the staff is ...
Hotel
Granada, Nicaragua

Hotel Dario

Located in a charming 19th century neoclassical building, the Hotel Dario blends seamlessly with the beautiful architecture of Granada's downtown core. The intimate swimming pool and tranquilly ...
Hotel
Granada, Nicaragua

Hotel Granada

The Hotel Granada is located between the Central Park and the Lake, in front of the Guadalupe church. The Hotel Granada offers guests unforgettable holidays thanks to the personal service and the ...
Hotel
Granada, Nicaragua

Hospedaje la Calzada

The Hospedaje la Calzada might not win any awards for cleanliness, however the ten large rooms with private bathrooms offer excellent value. The staff at this family run hospedaje are friendly and ...
Hotel
Granada, Nicaragua

Hostal Amigo

Some of the dorms at Hostal Amigo are a little shabby, however the rest of the Hostel is quite clean. Although the rooms are relatively expensive the price does include a free breakfast, which ...
Hotel
Granada, Nicaragua

Hotel Oasis

Located two blocks from the center of the city, the Hotel Oasis is aptly named. The establishment is a backpackers' paradise for those seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle and heat of Granada's ...
Hotel
Granada, Nicaragua
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