A tour around historic Granada

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A tour around historic Granada

Founded by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba and named after his home in Spain, Granada was one of the most important harbours in all of Central America during the colonial era.

Because of its picturesque beauty and rich history, Granada is a tourist hot spot. Just 30 minutes away from Managua International Airport, it’s the perfect drop-off point on the tourist trail.


Architecturally, the city is very influenced by its namesake in Spain. The city’s oldest buildings are inspired by Moorish and Andalusian architecture. Granada has some of the finest examples of colonial architecture in the whole country, painted in a selection of bright hues.

This is one of the reasons why many expats are drawn to Granada and make their homes in these well-preserved colonial buildings.

Catedral de Granada

The Catedral de Granada, built in the 1920s, is an imposing white and yellow building that towers over Granada. The most important feature of the Catedral is the bell tower from which you can see the city in all its glory.

Parqué Colón

Escape the heat in the tree-shaded Parqué Colón, located in the bustling centre of Granada where vendors of traditional foods, arts and crafts ply their trade. You can also take a horse-drawn carriage tour around the city.

Iglesia de Guadalupe

Built in 1626, this church was once used as a garrison which explains its battle-scarred exterior. Inside the church you can find a dedication to the Virgin of Guadalupe, beautiful stained glass windows and fine Corinthian columns.

Las Isletas

Only 3 km from Granada you can find Las Isletas, an archipelago of 365 volcanic islands located inside Lake Nicaragua - one for each day of the year! The islands are home to a rich variety of exotic birds, plants and flowers. You can even find a monkey colony on one of the islets. Dotted amongst the isletas are riverside mansions belonging to the Nicaraguan elite.

You can hire a boat with a guide who will give you a tour of the isletas, or for a more adventurous option hire a kayak and go exploring! Stop for something to eat or drink at one of the many bars and restaurants located across the archipelago.


Granada's culinary scene is internationally recognised, drawing high praise from the likes of The New York Times. There are many acclaimed restaurants selling local and international cuisine. If you are on a budget try the famous Nicaraguan dish of vigoron, made from pork and cabbage, at one of the many local food kiosks in the town square.

For a drink you need to try the local favourite, Flor Cana rum which comes in light and dark varieties. For a non-alcoholic beverage try chicha, a fermented corn drink.

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