Granada is Nicaragua’s oldest city and one of its most popular tourist attractions. Below is a list the top 5 things to see and do while in or near Granada:
1. Masaya Volcano
This active volcano is one of the most accessible in the country, so don’t miss the opportunity to see it! It is located within the Masaya Volcano National Park. Hike around the park’s rocky volcanic ash and glimpse the impressive craters, along with seeing wildlife such as coyotes, deer, iguanas, monkeys, and parakeets.
2. Islets of Lake Nicaragua
Granada is located on the shores of this beautiful lake, a perfect place to explore. Wind around the more than 350 “isletas” (islets or little islands) found on the lake by boat or even kayak, and experience the beautiful nature that Central America’s largest lake has to offer.
3. Convento San Francisco
For more of a historical experience, visit this convent built in 1529. Today, it has been transformed into a museum complex with an impressive collection of festival masks, 2000 year old statues, paintings, and exhibitions. Nicaragua is a country with a rich historical history and you will definitely get a taste of that here!
4. Granada's Square
This is the central park in Granada, and strolling through gives you a true view of what this colonial city is all about. There are beautiful old buildings, restaurants, shops, vendors, artisans, and much more. Make sure you try Vigoron, a dish Granada is known for, consisting of yucca, pork rind, and salad, from one of the street vendors!
5. Mombacho Volcano
Nicaragua is known for its many volcanoes, and Mombacho is one of its active ones. Located less than 10 miles south of Granada, hike along the ashy rock, or for the more adventurous, zip line across the national park and glimpse the four craters located there!
Granada is a beautiful colonial city filled with culture and adventure. Experience the best of Granada and some its close-by areas with these top 5 things to see and do!