La Merced Church, Granada, Nicaragua

Granada

Granada, or the ‘Gran Sultan’, is one of Latin America’s most beautiful colonial cities and is rightly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Founded in 1524 on the shores of the mighty Lake Nicaragua – it is famed as one of the oldest European settlements in the western hemisphere – it is full of history and Spanish colonial charm.

Everything is within easy walking distance from the Museo Comunitario to the bell tower of the church of La Merced, from a small cigar factory to the informative and fun experience that is Bate Bate Chocolate.
The city also makes a great base for exploring the surrounding area, with volcanos such as Mombacho, the villages of Catarine and Pueblos Blancas and Las Isletas de Granada all within easy reach.

Experiences

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Colourful Doorway in Granada, Granada, Nicaragua

Stroll the streets of Granada

Take a walking tour in Granada of the historic buildings.

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Local Fishing on Lake Nicaragua, Granada, Nicaragua

Lake Nicaragua

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

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Hammocks, Nicaragua

Rocking Out in Granada

Visit the surrounding villages famous for hammocks and rocking chairs.

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Cart Horse in Grenada

Horse drawn carriages in Granada

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

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

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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