What to do in Granada ?

Granada is the colonial city par excellence and the most visited by thousands of tourists both national and international, one of the main cities of Nicaragua, also known as the Gran Sultana  or the Paris of Central America.

The colonial architecture of its old center, its museums, galleries, hotels, restaurants, bars and cosmopolitan atmosphere make it a destination in itself, but it is also a starting point to visit the other attractions of the region. Granada is the Mombacho Volcano, which has an exotic Nebliselva forest. There are the extensive coasts of the great lake, where you can take a swim or play sports and water activities. There is located the interesting and very accessible archipelago of Las Isletas, made up of more than 300 small islands. Lake inside is the enigmatic archipelago of Zapatera, which keeps part of its forests and a pre-Columbian archaeological treasure little studied.

Cathedral of Granada:
Located in Colon Square, in the very center of this beautiful Nicaraguan colonial town, declared a World Heritage Site. The neoclassical style is easily recognized on the facade of the building. In the cathedral there are four chapels

Mombacho Volcano:

About 10 kilometers south of the colonial city of Granada, the Mombacho volcano (1,350 meters), formed approximately two million years ago, is on the shores of Lake Cocibolca or Lake Nicaragua, the second largest in Latin America. Protected under the figure of National Park, it receives an impressive biodiversity with native species of flora and fauna in an environment marked by its humid Nebliselva habitat.

It is an unforgettable experience to walk along its perfectly indicated paths and look out over its four extinct craters, and if we are lucky and the day is clear, we will enjoy an unparalleled view of Lake Cobibolca, the islets of Granada, the city Colonial, Apoyo Lagoon and the nearby Masaya volcano.

The Islets:
Located in the lake of Nicaragua, in front of the locality of Granada, are 365 islets, created after a strong eruption of the volcano Mombacho.

For about 15 dollars you can take a boat (for 8 people) in the port of Granada. The normal walk lasts less than 1 hour and you can usually visit the island where the Fort of San Pablo (possible stop to see it) and the island where a colony of monkeys lives.

La Merced
If you want to admire a spectacular view of Granada, you have to visit this Old Church. The sunset view of all of Granada is incredible, it is one of those places that you cannot miss, you have to climb the old tower on the spiral staircase and get to your viewpoint.

Cocibolca Lake:
Sunset in the Cocibolca .It is not possible to describe in words what it is to be able to appreciate a sunset touring the islands of Lake Cocibolca in Granada, Nicaragua by boat, enjoying the scenery, vegetation and fauna in addition to the tranquility of one of the largest lakes in the world.

La Polvora Fortress:
A small fort in Granada.This fort dates from 1748 and was built to supply gunpowder to Fort El Castillo on the San Juan River. And Fort St. Paul, in order to protect the city from pirates. These small remnants of past centuries remind us of the history of the city and how it was once one of the engines of the country, I can only imagine the city being attacked by pirates to plunder
treasures.

Cultural Center:
San Francisco Convent.It stands on the site where the founder of the city of Granada, Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, built a small wooden church and thatched roof, in 1524. After several fires, it was rebuilt according to the original, and is now part of the museum annexed to the building, a former Franciscan convent.

A walk through the beautiful city:
To get to Granada is to walk again in the streets, to find a human geography, between utopian and real, but, finally, a whole show of architecture and a true idiosyncrasy.

get on a train tha never go:
In Latin America, the train is a means of transport in extinction; In particular in Nicaragua has already disappeared altogether. The roads and old installations are a thing of memory and nostalgia. In Granada you can try to take the last train that left the station. The old station of Granada has been restored and you will see two old locomotives and some pieces of the old railway.

Apoyo Lagoon:
The crater of Apoyo was born about 23,000 years ago, after a potent volcanic explosion that left a hole about six kilometers in diameter. With the passage of time, the influx of groundwater and the contribution of the rains allowed the emergence of the lagoon, and the slopes were covered with abundant vegetation. Nowadays, this crater is considered a dormant volcano, at rest, with some activity through some fumaroles inside and an attraction that you cannot pass up and enjoy its salubrious medicinal waters.

Why not Nicaragua? Come and enjoy it.