Colonial houses, Lago Cocibolca, people
History, art, food, music, volcanos, lakes.
La Esperanza Granada is a volunteer organization that works with communities in and around Granada to improve the education of their children. They would like to show you one of these communities, San Ignacio, and a school where they work. In the midst of poverty, it is happy place where Nicaraguans work hard to make a basic living and raise their...more
Also known as Plaza del Independencia, La Plazuela de los Leones was where much of Nicaragua's most notorious history transpired. When Leon was burned by a volcano in 1610, all power transferred to Granada, making it the "jewel" of the Spanish crown.So, it was during this period that English and Dutch pirates began to hide in the shallows bays and...more
Rough in appearance inside and out, Iglesia Guadalupe is located at the confluence of Calle La Calzada and Calle La Libertad, flowing in the direction of the waterfront. This location caused it to become used as a fortress and become the first sacked by marauding pirates. Nicaraguan troops used the church as a garrison to hold William Walker and...more
There is a surprising number of establshed homes on islands here, and yet there is also a wealth of wildlife. There's a good view of Mombacho, and a cove where a couple of old freighters are parked. Check out my video clips of monkey island and the tourist boat launch at dusk.more
The central pedestrian avenue known as Calle La Calzada starts at the Parque Colon, where the Cathedral is located, and proceeds straight past Iglesia Guadalupe, where it widens into a divided parkway and continues to the waterfront where the Ferry to Ometepe and San Carlos docks. Most of the towns best hotels and restaurants are on Calle La...more
Ancient in appearance and setting, this Iglesia and convent was originally built by Franciscan monks in 1529. It was burned to the ground by Henry Morgan a century and a half later, and another 200 years or so after that William Walker used the current structure to house his troops. According to the Moon guide, it has also boarded U.S. Marines,...more
Granada Isletas, Granada, n/a, Nicaragua
Good for: Couples
In front of Parque Central, Granada, 11111, Nicaragua
Good for: Business
We stayed here in May 2011, very nice staff, arranged for safe secured parking for our truck and a...more
Margarita is right in the center of the nightlife on the Calle La Calzada, and so don't expect really quick service. We waited an hour for food that was listed as "specials" on the white board just outside the bar entrance. But, the waiters were relatively attentive in any case. We spend the evening people watching, children coming to weave toys...more
Located on Calle La Calzada, Mely's is one of the mostly outdoor restaurants with very good service for lunch. I had a Nicaraguan style ceviche, while my wife had a filet of fish. The Mojito was nicely made, plenty of ice and fresh mint. Prices are very reasonable and service was quick.more
Mimi's House Granada is a family owned and run business. They specialize in both Nicaraguan favorites like churasco steaks and also king size hamburgers made with the freshest meat available. The proprietor's sister, Melida, takes special care in ensuring that the quality of the food leaving the kitchen is to the customer's satisfaction and all...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
Budget travelers from North America will find that six hours of flying time can easily turn into an all-day affair since transfer to a Managua bound jet will occur in either Miami or Houston. So, arrival in Managua after 10pm is not uncommon. Rather than stay at the Best Western across the street, actually a very good option, it's also possible to...more
Our hotel clerk recommended paying $90- for a special shuttle direct to Managua, because Managua was "dangerous". We also knew that the yellow school bus or "chicken bus" also went to Managua for a fare not much more than $1-, but with a multitude of stops. But we quickly learned that there's also a bus station devoted to Managua just a block from...more
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.more
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...more
Founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, Granada is the oldest city in Central America and has retained its charming colonial character. It's a delightful window into the past and a fascinating step back to the 18th century. The city abounds with colonial architecture. Many of Granada's colonial houses, churches and public buildings have...more
Granada is easy to walk but the heat and humidity could sometimes make it tiresome. Alternatively, you can explore the city's narrow streets by a horse drawn carriage. It will take you back in time for more than 500 years. The carriages can be found along western, shady side of the Parque Central. Giving a tour has been a tradition since 1868 when...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more