Granada, Nicaragua

Granada is a popular city in Nicaragua with a very Spanish colonial vibe. It is one of the more touristy cities in Nicaragua. A beautiful city with a lot of photo opportunities, gives this city a place on the map. It turned out to be my least favorite city out of the ones we went to, but it’s still worth visiting. The cities in Nicaragua are so hot earlier in the year, so we mostly did day trips for a few hours and quickly escaped back to near bodies of water or up in the hills where we were staying and it was cooler.

You can walk through one of their main tourist attractions which is this big church called Cathedral of Granada. Pretty easy to remember.


For a $1 per person, you can go up to the top of the church where the bell is, but you’re not allowed to ring the bell. That would be rude. You get to see a lot of Granada from up there.

Granada has a lot of vibrant colors in its architecture, but again it can be a bit touristy and is very hot during the dry season. There is a cool place that has mango pina coladas in the main walking area near the Central Park. However, if you are limited with time and need to choose between Leon, Laguna de Apoyo, Coastal Cities, Ometepe Island, etc. Do yourself a favor and go to all the ones I mentioned and skip Granada.



3 Comments Add yours

  1. Bob Stemm says:

    Skip Granada?!!! You’ve GOT to be kidding. Sorry (respectively), I don’t agree. The other cities you mentioned are most worthy to visit; but advising the elimination of Granada is, in my opinion, not very good advice.


    1. Tamara says:

      If you have the time, sure Granada is worth going. However, if not it’s fine to skip is what I was implying. It’s a beautiful city, don’t get me wrong but if one is squeezed for time you have to go to Laguna de Apoyo and Ometepe Island, but I don’t feel it’s as imperative to see Granada.


      1. Bob Stemm says:

        Thank you for your reply! I, too, have had to make some changes to my itineraries due to time constraints and, to be sure, it isn’t always easy to make those kinds of decisions. While I, personally, would keep Granada as a “must visit” location, your suggestion to skip it is understandable and appreciated. Happy trails…


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