Granada was founded in 1524 and is believed to be the oldest city established on mainland Latin America by the Spanish conquest. During colonial times the city was attacked several times by pirates. For a long time, Granada was competing with León to be the capital of Nicaragua and both cities were for some time, until the dispute ended when Managua was proclaimed as capital of Nicaragua.
Granada nowadays is characterised by bright-coloured Spanish-colonial architecture, visible all over the city centre. The authenticity of the city centre is protected by regulatory building requirements. The ambiance is very pleasant and there is a wide array of nice restaurants and bars, especially along the boulevard from the central park to the shores of the Lake of Nicaragua. A city tour by horse-drawn carriage will give you a good impression of the history and the authenticity of Granada.
The city, also referred to as the ´colonial jewel´, is the main tourist destination in Nicaragua and can be reached easily from Costa Rica. Although the city in itself is already a great attraction, the immediate surroundings of Granada make it a place where you will really need a few days to have a complete experience.
The nearby Lake Nicaragua invites to do a boat trip along the numerous small islands. ‘Las Isletas’ were created by an eruption of the nearby (nowadays dormant) Mombacho Volcano. You can visit this volcano as well, do some hiking or canopying, or just enjoy the magnificent views over the lake and Granada. Other tour options are: visit the nearby Crater Lake Laguna de Apoyo; visit to villages specialised in handicrafts, the ´Pueblos Blancos´; visit to Masaya Volcano National Park; visit to Masaya handicrafts market.
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