Granada is the top tourist destination of all visitors to Nicaragua. It is a historic town with lots of characteristic details, good shopping, plenty of restaurants and places to go out at night.

Granada is a great city to wander around and explore on your own. Just keep your eyes open and take an unexpected turn every once in a while. And if you get lost, don’t hesitate to ask directions of any of its friendly inhabitants.

Some of our favourites:

Granada Restaurants

  • Local cuisine: Los Bocaditos, Querubes buffet, Chico Tripa
  • Healthy lunch: The Garden Café
  • Eat fish from the lake like a Granadino: Las Colinas del Sur
  • Fusion food: Imagine, Nectar
  • Traditional Granada lunch: vigorón on one of the corner stalls of the Parque Central
  • A real Nica BBQ at a street side ‘fritanga’, the best one is just off La Calzada
  • The best steak in town at El Zaguán

Granada at Night

  • One of the bars and terraces on La Calzada
  • Dancing in Doña Conchis
  • Chico Tripa No. 2 on the lakeshore
  • Party with the Managuans at ‘El Club’
  • Karaoke en Be

Granada Culture

  • Participate in the international poetry festival in early February
  • Enjoy the bulls running through the streets in early August
  • Enjoy the horse parade around August 15
  • View the processions during the first nine days of December
  • Walk the five churches route from “up-town” to the lake
  • Visit Mi Museo with a private collection of pre-Columbian art
  • Explore the ruins of the old hospital
  • Stroll with the Nica’s on a Sunday afternoon by the lake
  • Make your own pottery in San Juan de Oriente
  • Make a boat trip to the isletas

Granada Shopping

  • Stroll through the bustling Mercado de Granada (local market) and taste some coconut candy
  • Visit local graphic workshop La Sirena or the Casa de los Tres Mundos
  • Buy handicrafts from the ‘artesanos’ at the Parque Central or in the hotel reception
  • Visit the ceramics workshops at San Juan de Oriente
  • Take the “chicken bus” to Masaya to shop for virtually anything at the old market (500 meters from the new, more touristy one)

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