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GranadaNicaragua

One of the oldest settlements in Nicaragua is known for its colonial architecture, churches and natural surroundings. 

In Granada’s town center, stroll along cobblestone streets lined with pastel-colored buildings and visit some of Nicaragua’s most beautiful churches, including the landmark Granada Cathedral.

Granada was founded by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba in 1524 and lays claim to being the first European city on mainland America. Three hundred years later, much of the urban area was destroyed by fire on the orders of the William Walker. Reconstruction efforts have restored many structures to close approximations of their appearance during Spanish rule.

A good place to start your visit is at Iglesia San Francisco, one of the oldest churches in Central America. Admire the light blue exterior with its thin white columns and wooden doors. Adjoining the church is a museum where you can see pre-Columbian statues from the island of Zapatera, which is located in Lake Nicaragua.

Go to the Baroque-style Iglesia de la Merced for a trip to the top of the bell tower. From here you can enjoy commanding views across the city. Downstairs, visit the chapel dedicated to the Virgen de Fatima. A short walk to the west of the city will take you to the Municipal Cemetery where you can see the ornate tombs of six Nicaraguan Presidents and the Chapel of Spirits, a scale model of a renowned French church of the same name.

Just outside of the city you will find the Nicaragua Butterfly Reserve. See more than 20 species of butterfly inside the large flight house then walk along scenic trails through the forest. Look for monkeys, parakeets and motmots, the national bird of Nicaragua.

Granada is a small city and the sites can all be easily reached on foot. Buses are regular and reliable, though you may want to try one of the horse-drawn carriage rides. Granada is approximately 29 miles (47 kilometers) from Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, and within easy reach of the islands of Lake Nicaragua.

Top Hotels in Granada

Hotel Real La Merced
Hotel Real La Merced
3.5 out of 5
Calle Real Xalteva, Frente a Iglesia la Merced, Granada
The price is $64 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Situated in the historical district, this historic inn is within a 5-minute walk of Church of Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, Sor Maria Romero Meneses Birthplace, ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (156 reviews)

"a very nice pool, very close to the center square"…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Hotel Real La Merced
La Posada del Sol
La Posada del Sol
3 out of 5
Calle el Caimito de La Alcaldia, 3 Cuadra y media a Lago, Granada, Nicaragua
The price is $31 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25

Located in the heart of Granada, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parque Central, Guadalupe Church, and Granada Cathedral. Convento San Francisco Plaza ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (75 reviews)

"Stay was comfortable, breakfast was ok. Fruit a bit stale. Shower head need to be replaced. Overall very nice place"…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

La Posada del Sol
Hotel Casa Cubana
Hotel Casa Cubana
3.5 out of 5
Calle La Libertad, 2 blocks north of Iglesia Xalteva, Granada

Situated in Granada, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Xalteva, Sor Maria Romero Meneses Birthplace, and Chapel of Maria Auxiliadora. Church ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"shops and restaurant are not as close as is claimed. they need a clearer sign to identify the hotel, produce a card in case you are lost. in my room, there was antenna, but no TV, which is really needed to watch the news and may be movies. it seemed to me that the owner was a bit greedy, which was ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

Hotel Casa Cubana
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Granada

Quadruple Room Near The Lake
Quadruple Room Near The Lake
Granada, Granada (department)
The price is $63 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Situated in Granada, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Nicaragua and Guadalupe Church. Convento San Francisco Plaza and Granada Cathedral ...

Quadruple Room Near The Lake
Villa Adela, Renovated Colonial Home, 12,000 sq ft, w/ Pool, in the Heart of
Villa Adela, Renovated Colonial Home, 12,000 sq ft, w/ Pool, in the Heart of
Granada, Granada (department)
The price is $300 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24

Situated in Granada, this historic vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Convento San Francisco Plaza, San Francisco Convent and Cultural Center, and Guadalupe ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"Amazing places. Looks like a hotel inside its so big. Close to downtown so you can walk."…"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

Villa Adela, Renovated Colonial Home, 12,000 sq ft, w/ Pool, in the Heart of
Casa Blanca, Beautiful Restored 250 Year Old Villa. Oasis in Heart of Granada
Casa Blanca, Beautiful Restored 250 Year Old Villa. Oasis in Heart of Granada
Granada, Granada (department)

Located in the heart of Granada, this historic villa is steps from Granada Cathedral and Parque Central. Convento San Francisco Plaza and San Francisco Convent ...

5/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Beautiful home

"Very convenient location close to everything ."…"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2020

Casa Blanca, Beautiful Restored 250 Year Old Villa. Oasis in Heart of Granada
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Granada

Isletas de Granada
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Isletas de Granada

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Isletas de Granada during your travels in Granada. You can seek out the local tours while in the area.

Granada Cathedral
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Granada Cathedral

4.5/5(64 reviews)

Marvel at the colorful façade of this 16th-century cathedral and tour the interior for its chapels, paintings and statues. 

Rerserva Nacional Volcan Mombacho
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Rerserva Nacional Volcan Mombacho

5/5(19 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Rerserva Nacional Volcan Mombacho, a lovely green space in Managua. Discover the volcano viewpoints while you're in the area.

Laguna de Apoyo
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Laguna de Apoyo

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Laguna de Apoyo, a popular spot to commune with nature in Managua. Wander the forest or discover the area's volcano viewpoints.

Puerto Salvador Allende
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Puerto Salvador Allende

4.5/5(41 reviews)

Dine at one of the many restaurants, stroll along the lakeside boulevard and take a boat trip to nearby Love Island.

Masaya Volcano National Park
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Masaya Volcano National Park

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Masaya Volcano National Park, a lovely green space in Ticuantepe. While in this relaxing area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Granada

Private: Granada Colonial City & Islets
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Private: Granada Colonial City & Islets

$160
Per adult
Private: Cerro Negro Volcano
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Private: Cerro Negro Volcano

$170
Per adult
Private: San Juan del Sur Beach Day
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Private: San Juan del Sur Beach Day

$169
Per adult
Private: Granada Walking Tour
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Private: Granada Walking Tour

$63
Per adult
Private: Kayak Lake Cocibolca
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Private: Kayak Lake Cocibolca

$69
Per adult
Guided Masaya Volcano National Park & Catarina Tour
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Guided Masaya Volcano National Park & Catarina Tour

$355
Per adult

Reviews of Granada

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Beautiful city, great food and wonderful people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Lovely colonial city. Good options for dining and hangout

5/5 - Excellent

Marlon

Jan 2, 2020

Granada is always a nice place to visit. People are friendly and there is a lot to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Eric

Nov 29, 2019

I LOVED Granada and would go back and explore more.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

We felt completely safe visiting Jicaro Lodge and its surroundings. this place and staff was outstanding. they would do anything to accommodate you. Put this lodge on your map

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 24, 2019

I love Granada Nicaragua !!❤

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