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La Merced Church, Granada, Nicaragua

Granada

Granada, or the “Gran Sultan”, is one of Latin America’s most beautiful colonial cities. Founded in 1524 on the shores of the mighty Lake Nicaragua, it is full of history and Spanish colonial charm.

Famed as one of the oldest European settlements in the western hemisphere. It is also one of the most popular, with tourists coming from far and wide to visit the peaceful and timeless beauty of this historic city.

The most significant was the American William Walker, who conquered Nicaragua and declared himself President in the mid-1800s. When Walker eventually fled the country, he torched the city of Granada and left the famous words, “Granada Was Here.” To this day it is still possible to see the fire-scorched buildings.

Experiences

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Stroll the streets of Granada

Take a walking tour in Granada of the historic buildings.

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Lake Nicaragua

Take a boat ride out to Lake Nicaragua and visit some of the many islets.

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Rocking Out in Granada

Visit the surrounding villages famous for hammocks and rocking chairs.

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Horse drawn carriages in Granada

Sip a coffee and watch the horse drawn carriages clatter over the cobbles.

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Accommodation

Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include on your journey.

La Gran Francia £££££

  • Nicaragua
  • City

Tucked away just off Granada’s main square, the hotel is decked out with colonial features from head to toe.

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Jicaro Island Ecolodge £££££

  • Nicaragua
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Jicaro Island Ecolodge has nine identical casitas artistically created with a distinctive wooden interior, each with their own terrace, hammock and views to the lake. A canopy tower in the centre of the property offers incredible 360-degree views of the lake and the impressive Mombacho Volcano. A stylish pool and bar area provide a relaxing base to unwind. The open kitchen prepares excellent dishes to satisfy any appetite served in the airy restaurant with stunning views to the lake. While Jicaro lends itself best as a peaceful retreat, there are a number of excursions for the more active traveller. Bird watching, zip-lining, kayaking and hiking Mombacho volcano to name but a few.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

John Faithfull

This volcanic country offers an epic landscape of smoking cones, and one of John’s recommendations is to climb the young cindercone of Cerro Negro before tumbling down a vertiginous slope of light and (fairly) forgiving pumice scree.

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