Granada was founded in 1524 by Francisco Fernández de Córdoba, and is the oldest city in the New World. That by itself is reason enough to visit. The town has a coherent historic center with streets of thick-walled colonial architecture spreading out in grid-like fashion from its lovely, tree-shaded central square.
Tourists come to Granada in large numbers, as do real estate investors looking to purchase and remodel one of its colonial structures. As a result, the town is experiencing a makeover. And no street more than La Calzada which leads from the central square to Lake Nicaragua. Cafe’s, hostels, restaurants, tour agencies and fine hotels now jostle for position along La Calzada and spill out onto the sidewalk making it a great spot to soak up the easygoing pace of life. Things ratchet up a notch for regular festivals, fireworks and parades that spring as if out of nowhere.
Granada makes a comfortable base to explore the area. Within easy reach of town are the mesmerizing blue waters of crater lake Apoyo, verdant Mombacho volcano with its cloud forest at the summit, the isletas; of Lake Nicaragua and the ‘pueblos blancos’ – charming colonial craft villages. We fit all of these attractions, together with a peak into the crater at Masaya, in our 3 day Granada based tour.
3 Day Granada based tour
There is no better way to soak up the history and culture of Granada than a walking tour through the historic center. Starting in the Parque Central the tour takes in landmark historical buildings, art galleries, gift shops and the San Francisco museum with its fascinating collection of pre-Colombian artefacts. Then it’s off to take in some of the most beautiful views in Nicaragua at crater lake Apoyo, stopping in on some handicraft markets on the way. Boat-rides, hiking and canopy tours, it’s all on the agenda.
Our goal is to send you home with an unforgettable experience of the oldest town in the Americas and the beautiful natural surroundings. Complete the form below to learn more.
A colonial gem
Welcome to the oldest city in the Americas with a coherent, walkable historical center.
Markets and shopping
From charming village crafts markets, the street stalls of Granada, to the bustling Masaya markets, you’ll find great examples of local pottery, arts and handicrafts.
Views that are unrivaled in the country
Experience the crystal clear blue waters of Crater Lake Apoyo. It’s a magical place with some of the best views in the country.
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