Granada is the top tourist destination of all visitors to Nicaragua. It is a beautiful historic town with lots of characteristic details, good shopping, plenty of restaurants and places to go out at night.
Check out our list of good restaurants and locations for trips and excursions.
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:
- Local cuisine: Comedor Claudia, Pupusas
- Comidas Típicas, “vigorón” in Central Park, Nacataml on week-ends
- Healthy lunch: The Garden Café, Café de los Sueños
- Eat fish from the lake like a Granadino: Las Colinas del Sur, El Marlin
- Fusion food: Espressionista, El Camello
- The best steak in town at El Zaguán
Granada at Night
- Disco “I Love week-end” by the lake
- In January, La Escuela de Mimos y Comedia organize the “Berrinche environmental” during the 1st full moon of the year. You can enjoy street art every afternoon at only 2 blocks from the Hotel.
- Participate in the international poetry festival during the 3rd week of February. In August, Granada offers festivities every week-end.
- 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, from María Auxiliadora to Guadalupe.
- Explore the ruins of the old hospital.
- There are 2 museums in town:
- San Francisco convent about the history of the town and a unique collection of precolombian statues found in Zapatera island.
- Mi Museo with a private collection of pre-Columbian art
- 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)