Visit Granada, Nicaragua
Granada, located 46 kilometres south of Managua, sits on the shores of the magnificent Lake Nicaragua in the shadow of the imposing Mombacho volcano.
Dating back to 1524, it is considered the longest continually-inhabited city on mainland Central America.
Today, Granada is the most visited city in Nicaragua; and a key place to stay on any trip to the country; drawing locals and travellers alike with its wonderful colonial and neo-classical architecture, colourful cobbled streets and laid-back, easygoing atmosphere.
Either strolling the streets or relaxing in the main square this is a wonderful place to watch the locals throng around food stalls, discussing politics and work with ever-present soothing traditional music playing in the background; or you can take a historical ride in a horse drawn carriage around the city.
Suggested itineraries featuring Granada
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Granada, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Granada
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Granada
- Masaya Volcano National Park 15 miles away
- Managua 27 miles away
- Ometepe Island 39 miles away
- San Juan del Sur 47 miles away
- Matagalpa 69 miles away
- León & Northern Nicaragua 72 miles away
- Solentiname Islands 82 miles away
- Rio San Juan 119 miles away
- El Castillo 123 miles away
- The Corn Islands 197 miles away
Photos of Granada
Accommodation choices for Granada
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Granada. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Hotel Plaza Colon is an excellent option whilst visiting Granada, with plenty of character and a great location in the heart of the city.
The Hotel Colonial is bright, colourful, colonial-style property located just off Granada's main square. It features excellent rooms, plenty of character and two small but lovely swimming pools.
The Dario Hotel is a charming, colonial property located just 100 metres from the Parque Central in the historic centre of Granada.
Ideas for experiencing Granada
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Granada, and which use the best local guides.
Rising proudly from the waters of Lake Nicaragua, Ometepe Island is made up of two magnificent volcanic cones and is a more than impressive sight as you gaze across to its shores.
This tour takes in the "La Merced" church, the house of the Zamora family, the impressive brightly painted cathedral, the famous "Casa de Los Tres Mundos" and the San Francisco convent with its iconic blue facade.
The main area of interest here is the massive Santiago crater that was been created between the Nindiri and Masaya volcanoes. Eruptions took place frequently during the 1900's until the crater eventually collapsed in 1985.