The beautiful city of Granada thoroughly deserves its place on the bucket list of most visitors to Nicaragua. Here are the best things to see and do when you’re in town.
Visit a cigar factory
Nicaragua is famous for cigars, and the Mombacho Cigar Factory is one of the best in Granada. Take a tour of the factory, relax with a cigar, and buy some to take home as souvenirs.
Climb a bell tower for a great view
There are a number of beautiful churches that are worth exploring, but Iglesia de la Merced takes the biscuit thanks to its bell tower. For $1 you can climb to the top and enjoy views over the city, which are particularly good at sunset.
Appreciate the history
Granada was founded in 1524, making it one of the oldest cities in Central America. There remains a wealth of evidence of its colonial past, including the beautiful, brightly painted buildings. Perfect for photo opportunities.
Kayak on Lake Nicaragua
The city sits on the lakeside, and there are many ways to explore the water. Perhaps the best is to go on a kayak tour, or rent one yourself. Head out early in the morning before temperatures get uncomfortable.
People watch in Parque Central
The main square in Granada is teeming with locals, and it makes for great people watching. Get a drink or an ice cream and sit back like the locals do.
Watch the street shows on La Calzada
This pedestrian street is lined by bars and restaurants with outside tables, and has turned into a popular spot with street performers looking for tips. If you want to take a break from exploring, grab a beer and watch the show.
Sample the local cuisine
Street vendors are everywhere in Granada, and you can eat well on a budget if you look for them. From cheesy tortillas called quesillos to pork scratchings and cabbage salad known as vigoron, there are lots of local specialities to try.
Brush up on your Spanish
With cheap accommodation and plenty of language schools, it’s no surprise that Granada is among the best places to learn Spanish. You can get 20 hours of one-to-one lessons for around $140, which is a great deal if you are traveling long-term in Latin America.
Learn how to cook, Nicaraguan style
At La Tortilla cooking school, pupils are taught how to release their inner Nicaraguan chef. Group classes are good fun, and you will learn about the local culture through food.
Rent a bike
Granada is quite a spread out place, and walking in the heat of the day can be exhausting. Rent a bike for around $5 per day and you can explore the major sights in less time. The paved roads are great for bikes, but be careful of the drivers.
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