Granada Travel Guide

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Granada Things to Do

  • Granada Cemetary

    Final resting place of Granada's wealthiest citizens since 1876, this cemetery is the final resting place of 6 Nicaraguan presidents.

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  • Iglesia Merced

    The Iglesia Merced dates back to 1583 and currently looks every bit it's age ( at least on the outside)

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  • Old Train Station

    Granada was once one of the main stations along the railroad that took people across from the Caribbean to the Pacific coast saving them the trip around South America prior to the opening of the Panama Canal. In the old train station are train cars that have transported many of the presidents of Nicaragua.

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Granada Hotels

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  • Jicaro Island Ecolodge

    Granada Isletas, Granada, n/a, Nicaragua

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Plaza Colon

    In front of Parque Central, Granada, 11111, Nicaragua

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel con Corazon

    We stayed here in May 2011, very nice staff, arranged for safe secured parking for our truck and a...

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Granada Restaurants

  • Cheap breakfast

    Some morning I had very cheap breakfast from street vendor at the park central.The lady standing in the midddle of the park announcing the name of her food that sound like "enchilada" she comes with her plastic box of fried rice with chopped chicken meat, serving with some kind of home made marinated chopped cabbage.She asked if I would like to...

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  • Good and cheap food

    (part 2) The other choice I ordered was "Vigoron" It's the typical food of Granada that I wanted to try so much.I only heard the name but I have no idea what it is.They served it on banana leaf (like some food in Thailand, my country) It was made with Chicharon (fried pork skin) ,yucca and cabbage salad.I liked it.The price is 50 c.d. We can have...

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  • Typical drink

    If you go to NIcaragua,you have to try their typical drink which is "yucca drink".The best place to try,is from the booth at park central .Yucca is some kind of root from a plant that widely grown in Latin america,Africa,Asia and the carribean.The colour is a little gray and white ,and firmer than potato.People eat them boiled or steam.Some make...

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Granada Nightlife

  • Safe and Fun Pedestrian Walk

    At first we were concerned about walking around Calle La Calzada at night, especially on X-mas Eve. The street was almost deserted of tourists, and firecrackers were being thrown at our feet. Motorcycles rushed through this pedestrian walkway. Fireworks lit up the sky like military explosives. But, we were not tired by first arrival in Granada....

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  • Granada night life

    The restaurant and bar along Call la Calzada probably the best choice for everybody,because it's lively at night with some street artists playing music or some shows.Therev are variety of food and drinks.You can just walk around and check for the price .Yes..,a bit pricey but for a night or two with some good folks,why not..We always came here for...

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  • A Must-Try

    If you're going to visit Granada, you have to at least venture to Cesar's once - it's the favorite nightclub of the locals. Spring for a cab there and back as it's by the lake, which can get dangerous at night. It's always packed on Saturday nights. Fridays are less busy when school is in session because all the University students that frequent...

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Granada Transportation

  • Carriage Rides

    One of the best ways of seeing the city is by horse and carriage. Locals line up at the Plaza central and an hour tour can be had for $15-20 USD.

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  • From Granada to León

    There is no direct bus from Granada to León. You have to change it in Managua. Minibuses and large vans make the trip from Granada to Managua for 20 córdobas (December 2010). They leave Granada every 20 minutes starting at 6:30am. The trip lasts about an hour. Buses leave Granada from Calle Vega, one block south of the Parque Central, and arrive at...

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  • Horse Carriage Around Town

    Horse Carriages cost $30 for an hour ride around town. Drivers can explain a lot of Granada's architecture and history.

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Granada Shopping

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  • Rummage Among the Locals

    The Old Market Hall caters mostly to the locals but is worth a visit. Its collection of locally manufactured and imported stuff spills into the street near the Managua Bus Station. For more adventure, just enter the faded green facade entrance. This is a good place to buy a belt or get your shoes repaired.

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  • Cacao and Chocolate

    ChocoMuseo Shop is a little shop inside the ChocoMuseo. When you enter the museum you find it on the left side, just in front of the Choco Café. As the name suggests, the shop specializes in cacao and chocolate. They also sell some other products but all with the same theme and many of them are uniquely designed for ChocoMuseo. Traditional...

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  • Buy a hammock

    If you don't go to Masaya or one of the white village and want to buy a hammock.You can find one easily from central park.Street vendor wait for costomer there everyday.You can bargain the price.

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Granada Local Customs

  • Music & Dance

    Music and Dance are very important to Central American culture. You can see many street performances in the central plaza and also during religious processions

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  • National Bird

    The Guardabarranco or Motmot in English is the very colorful national bird of Nicaragua and can be seen all around Granada.

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  • Doors of Granada

    This city has a special reputation for having wonderful front doors. These residential entrances are often the only thing attractive on the streetside, but homes inside can be very nice, with inner courtyards and tropical hardwoods.

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Granada Warnings and Dangers

  • Waterfront at Night

    The enticing excitement of the live music Salsa clubs at the waterfront apparently can induce cause for petty robbery of tourists. Dress down and don't flash the iPhone. We were advised that even in daylight, we should exercise caution at the waterfront. Drunk, unemployed and poor--can be cause of concern anywhere. So, I only took this quick pic.

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  • Crime ring at Bucanero Restaurant

    Recently visited Bucanero restaurant and unfortunately our bus was robbed and eight passports stolen along with many other items. From the local police, the state department and other information we discovered that the owner of the restaurant is part of a crime ring which has robbed several cars in the Bucanero parking lot. Beautiful view but...

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  • Local Market well worth it!

    The local market is well worth visiting. The food is cheeper and better quality than the Supermarket.As well as providing a genuine experience of local life. I found all but one of the vendors gave us the correct price on the food and were business like but not unfriendly. No one was rude to us even when negociating for space in the narrow...

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Granada Tourist Traps

  • Fun Fact about Las Isletas

    It's definitely worth a trip to las isletas, but what most tour guides fail to mention is that the famous "monkey island" is a set-up! Trained monkeys were brought to the island specifically to serve as a tourist attraction. Do not make bets with the tour guide or offer to give them more money to guarantee you a monkey sighting...they are trained...

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  • Not many traps in Granada

    If there is something close to being a tourist trap it could be with the horse and carriage operators. Just be clear about the tour duration and distance and price before getting on board.

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  • Masaya Market, Mercado Viejo

    This area has been completely restored and is the place of the old Masaya market. It is calmer and quieter but only tourists frequent this area which is much smaller and the prices are 10 times higher than in the more authentic Nuevo Mercado of Masaya where you can experience the real feel of the market at better prices and a great selection.

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Granada What to Pack

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    by Beast Written Jun 9, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: I love bringing a small back pack for carrying the many different things I might want with me for spur of the moment or "emergencies": water, aspirin, something to soothe my stomach if upset, etc...water, camera, gifts that I buy, etc. This way my hands are always free.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: good tennis shoes are perfect for this trip. If you plan to hike on trails it would be helpful to have a pair of hiking boots, especially during the months of May, October, November and December. It can be muddy then. It is always warm in Granada and humid. Dress the way you prefer to under such conditions. Loose cotten stuff and shorts are very acceptable just about anywhere there. Nights can be cooler. Night clubs and fine dinning establishments would prefer to see their foreign guest dressed at least, nice casual.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Granada has anything you might need so you don't need to bring your whole medicine chest. Bring the important stuff, you know better then I what you need, and leave the rest behind knowing you can get it in Granada. Most prescripcion drugs in the States can be purchased over the counter in Nicaragua. I have found nothing more potent in reversing an upset stomach, either because of bacteria, stress of changed environment or whatever the reason, then pure honey. I am not talking about the honey you pick up in the grocery store. You need to get unpastuerized honey. Lots of health food stores in the States sell it. Get a small bottle of it and bring it with you. It makes any other medication, over the counter or prescription, look like candy compared to pennicillin in fighting an infection. Sometimes an over the counter med is needed to get diarreah under control, but the honey can work sinergistically with any med without a counterindicatory action. Asprin/Ibruprophen are standard travel companions of mine.

    Photo Equipment: As long as you don't plan on leaving your stuff unattended bring whatever you like to shoot with. Nicaragua is like one of the most beautiful man or woman in the world...its hard to take a bad photo here. The better the equipment the better the shot. Camera equipment and supplies are readily available in Granada.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mosquito repellant and whatever else you like to bring when camping. Just remember its hot most of the year around. Can rain like you've never seen befor in May, October through December.

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    • Adventure Travel
    • Kayaking
    • Rafting

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Granada Off The Beaten Path

  • Laguna de Apoyo

    Located between Masaya and Granada is a 200m deep volcanic crater lake named Laguna de Apoyo. With its blue water and an amazing view, it is one of Nicaragua's most beautiful natural wonders and should not be missed. Laguna de Apoyo was formed by a volcanic eruption more than 20.000 years ago that left a hole in the shape of an inverted cone....

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  • Catarina

    At the crossroads of Los Pueblos Blancos, just a short walk from the neighbouring San Juan de Oriente, is the town of Catarina. The town is mainly known for its mirador (viewpoint) which is a favourite weekend hangout for both national and foreign tourists. The panoramic view is considered to be one of the best in Nicaragua, stretching for miles...

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  • San Juan de Oriente

    Pueblos Blancos (white villages) is a region formed from several charming little villages that sit in the hills south of Masaya. These villages got their name from their white colonial style churches and occasional white casitas with colourful doors and windows. Each town is known for different handicraft, from pottery, bamboo furniture, rocking...

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Granada Sports & Outdoors

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    by Jim_Eliason Written Apr 17, 2014

    For a great side trip outside of Granada, either take a boat trip or better yet take a Kayak tour of the Isleta's a string of hundreds of small island off the coast just south of Granada.

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    • Kayaking
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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Granada Favorites

  • people

    In Granada,like any other city in the world ,that has many street vendors walking towards you and try to sell their things.I found that people here are not that hard and not pushing us much,That is what I feel,but somebody may think that it's pushing and irritating(yes, I will feel irritating as well if they push too much)but in Granada I just...

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  • Use Tierra Tours

    Tierra Tours is reasonable and very professional. The more people on your tour, the cheaper. Las Isletas tour and Volcan Masaya tour (includes spots at various places of interest that are superb, like Lake Masaya, Lake Apoyo, Masaya markets, San Juan de Oriente, Catarina etc..

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  • Banks

    You basically have to carry a lot of cash in Nicaragua, not all hotels take travellers checks and out of the cities there are very few banks. It is a long process to change travellers cheques as they check each number and will phone American Express and check they are valid etc. The best thing to do is to have an ATM card and draw when you are in...

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