Granada Travel Guide

Granada Summary

Pros

  • Rich history and Spanish Colonial charm
  • La Merced Church has bell tower offering sweeping views of the lake and Mombacho Volcano
  • On Lake Nicaragua; restaurants and bars line the water
  • Restaurants and bars along Calle La Caldaza
  • Within driving distance of Mombacho Volcano

Cons

  • Rough around the edges
  • Visible poverty

What It's Like

Granada is one of Nicaragua's oldest cities, and it's full of Spanish Colonial charm -- expect historic churches, a large central plaza, and lively festivals throughout the year. It's also located right on the massive Lake Nicaragua, and visitors will find restaurants and bars along the waterfront as well as a pier where ferries depart to Ometepe, an island with two volcanic peaks. Nicaragua is still a poor country and it shows, but as tourism grows here, the city should see more development.

Where To Stay

Granada is a small city, but staying close to Central Park and Calle La Caldaza will put you in the heart of the action in town. Those more interested in views than sights may consider staying in one of the hotels along the lake.  

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Facts

Language:

Spanish

Airport:

Augusto C. Sandio International Airport

Peak:

December to April

Off-Peak:

May to November

Currency:

Nicaraguan Cordoba

Electricity:

120 V, 60 Hz

Tipping:

10% at restaurants (often included in bill); not required for taxis

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