Granada, Nicaragua is rich in history and is roughly an hour drive from the Managua International Airport. Tourists become enthralled with its colourful colonial homes, churches, cobbled streets and the fact that it’s not altered/ruined by tourism. Wandering through central Granada, you are thrown back into history with its many churches and horse-drawn carriages.
In the past several years Nicaragua has become a top tourist hot spot in Central America as a result of a great currency exchange, beautiful scenery and some of the world’s best-surfing spots. It’s a country that many people know virtually nothing about, but one I’m proud to consider the homeland of my ancestors. Nicaragua is a country located in Central America and it is Nahautl (the native language of the area) for the land of the lagoons and volcanos. Several generations of my family are native Granidenos (natives of Granada, Nicaragua). I hold Granada very close to my heart and I hope you will enjoy my travel guide.
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1. Iglesia La Merced
2.Granada’s Parque Central
The main entrance is a quaint, light cafe floor, with bookshelves all around the room. Through the next door, is an outdoor seating area under cover, set around a beautiful garden, hammock included!
4. Tercer Ojo
Came family recommended but I recognized the name since it was also featured on Lonely Planet as well.
5.Laguna De Apoyo/Catarina Lookout
Behind a small village square, with a lovely market, and restaurants, is a breathtaking view of the laguna. A real geological gem of Nicaragua, worth waiting for a clear day.
6. Catedral De Granada
Looking for bright, beautiful, religious art? Look no further. The high and vast ceiling is filled with such large, yet detailed paintings of the bible’s most famous stories.
7. Museo De Chocolate
The tour guide demonstrated a real depth of knowledge about cacao, how and where it grows, the history of chocolate production and more. The samples were generous and the fun facts were plenty!
8. La Calzada
9. Horse Carriage Ride
10.Have a Nica Libre
The rum in Nicaragua is hands down my favourite rum in the world. I may be a little biased since its the rum I’ve grown up with.
11. Masaya Volcano & Museum
We attended the night visit of this active volcano. We had never seen lava before and no pictures that we took could capture how cool of an experience this was. Seeing the illuminating lava pierce through the darkness was an amazing experience.
A hole in the wall and another family favorite. This is THE place to go to for a flavoursome cool-down.
13. Selina Restaurant
overlooking the parque central, with egg shaped seats, swinging from the veranda ceiling.
14.The Old Hospital
16.Fortaleza La Polvora
18.Museo De Ceramico
19. Poets Park
21. Tobacco Museum
23. Mercado Municipal
24. Try Local Food: Nacatamales, Vigoron, Bajo, salpicon, Fritanga is my favourite
25. Drink local beverages: Rojita, Cacao, pinolio, chicha
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