Granada is undoubtedly one of Nicaragua’s best destinations with exceptional arrays of diverse attractions and activities. This captivating region is located in the southwest part of the country on the Pacific Basin, enjoying warm tropical weather between November and April, while the rest of the year the region turns lush and green because of the rainy season. Its inhabitants live from different productive trades such as agriculture, fishing, small family industries, commerce and in the last year tourism.
The stunning imposing figure of the Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve is an unforgettable attraction. This dazzling cloud forest hides for nature lovers some unique endemic species like salamanders, orchids, butterflies and other singular species. Also “Zapatera” island and the “Isletas” undeniably provide a wonderful experience to learn about the birdlife of the area and daily habits of the local residents.
The charming colonial city of Granada Nicaragua was founded at the beginning of the XVI century by Spanish conquerors. The city is an authentic jewel preserving the original foundation layout of magnificent adobe building such as City Hall, the Cathedral, the Bishop Palace, the Social Club, and other remarkable constructions.
Due to the rich volcanic soil in the rural surroundings, the region of Granada is perfect for the cultivation of basic staples such as corn, beans, rice, sugar cane, plantains, papayas, watermelons, and other vital produce. The local cuisine is also as fundamental part of this region; some of the most traditional meals include “Vigoron”, cooked cassava topped with pork rinds and salad, deliciously served on bananas leaves, or the famous whole-dip fried “Guapote”, a freshwater fish from great Lake Nicaragua.
So do not wait any longer and join in this unique destination of bursting culture, thriving nature, breathtaking landscapes, colonial history, and most importantly people with open arms!
Birdwatching • Hiking • Colonial History • Handicrafts • Flora and Fauna Observation • Kayaking • Pre-Columbian Heritage • Religious Events • Food • Fresh Water Fishing • Canopy / Zip Line • Horseback Riding • Biking
The charming historical colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua has remained as one of the most precious jewels of Spanish heritage in the Western Hemisphere. It was strategically founded by the Great Lake of Nicaragua by Captain Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in 1524.
The Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve, which in Nahuatl stands for “Steep Mountain”, is a cloud forest with unique eco-logical characteristics located 20 minutes away from the colonial city of Granada.
The “Isletas” is a fantastic natural tour on Lake Nicaragua just five minutes away from the historical center of Granada. This archipelago is formed by approximately 350 little islands, which were created thousands of years ago by the impressive volcanic activity of Mombacho volcano.
Nicaragua’s third National Park and the second largest island, located on the west side of the great Lake Nicaragua. Zapatera is an extinct eroded volcano with small neighboring islands.
A wonderful volcanic crater lake located between the regions of Masaya and Granada in the Pacific basin. The name “Apoyo” comes from the Nahuatl language “Atl-poyec”, which stands for “salty water” due to the amount of minerals still found on the lake.
Located forty five minutes away from the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua, the Domitila Private Wildlife Reserve is dedicated to conserving the wildlife and flora of one of the last remaining remnants of dry tropical forest
Lake Nicaragua is Latin America’s second largest freshwater lake after Titicaca in South America and the tenth largest in the world. It shelters more than 400 formidable islands including “Ometepe”, a twin volcanic island with rich archaeological heritage as well as great biodiversity of natural resources.