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Nicaragua: Granada

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The gorgeous colonial city of Granada is a paradox: now the country’s principal emblem of restoration and beautification, it has a history of piracy and pillage. The oldest city in Central America is nowadays quiet, peaceful and easily explored on foot, but increasingly seen by foreigners as an attractive place to buy a home, as is the case in Antigua, Guatemala or San Miguel de Allende in Mexico.  Squatting on the lakeshore and at the foot of Mombacho volcano it has a romantic setting almost unequalled on the continent.

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Things to do in Granada

Walking Tour of Granada

Walking tour of Granada

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Visit a Nicaraguan chocolate factory


Visit a Traditional Market

Visit Masaya volcano and market

 Mombacho Volcano

Four craters walk on Mombacho volcano

Our insider tips for Granada

Jenny Powles

Jenny Powles

Discovering the city at a lazy pace in a horse and carriage, maybe arriving at the lakeshore by sunset.

Chris

Chris Rendell-Dunn

Strolling down Calle Real from Parque Central to the 18th century fort Forteleza de la Pólvera and climbing its turrets for a city view. En route you can visit the pretty church La Merced.
Jim

Jim Ashworth

Browsing through the craft work at Masaya market, just 30 minutes’ drive away. There are over 80 stands in the restored 19th century Mercado Nacional de Artesanía building.

What our experts say

Granada is a lovely colonial town but I really enjoyed my day out at Masaya market and the eponymous volcano. The market's just one hour's drive from the city and the indoor market offers the best souvenir shopping in Nicaragua. The active Masaya volcano is 20 minutes by road from the little town, within a national park.  There's a good museum explaining the geology, trails to walk on, and good viewing platforms of the smoking volcano.

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

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