City of Granada
Granada, one of the most important cities in Nicaragua, is a different and unique place in Central America. Tourists from all around the world come every year attracted by its cultural, natural and leisure richness, and people soak themselves up with the history, the athmosphere and the beauty of the city. Untamed landscapes are waiting for adventurers, foodies are invited to taste typical nicaraguan dishes and recipes and everyone is invited to sunbathe and lie on the sand of the beaches close to Granada.
Erected in the heart of the city, its origins date back to 1525, although the first building was destroyed or burnt down in many occasions throughout the centuries. After de 19th century National War, when it was razed and demolished for the last time, it was decided that a new church should be built in its current location. The works lasted until 1972 because of the lack of funds, but it was consecrated in 1913 and it is used since then. This neoclassic building was constructed in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption and has two bell towers, three naves, five altars and a beautiful a dome that is easily seen from the roofs of the city buildings.
Location: Parque Colón (Colon or Central Park)
Opening hours: depends on the day
This new museum is a polyvalent space where you can enjoy a sweet breakfast, make an interesting tour through its halls in order to discover the secrets of this product or hire a hiking trip to a cocoa plantation and experience firsthand the cultivation process and making of chocolate. It is a different way to approach to Granada's history, lifestyle and traditions and a funny plan for children. In the same building you can enjoy a chocolate-oriented spa or a nice swimmingpool.
Location: Atravesada street across from Bancentro
Opening hours: from 7 AM to 6:30 PM
La Pólvora fortress
Located in the outskirts of Granada, this fortress was built as a gunpowder magazine in 1748. The inner building is a well preserved example of colonial architecture, while the design of the stronghold itself was inspired by european Middle Age castles and fortresses, with five towers built along the wall. The main gate, however, is neoclassical. Its white color, its great condition and its surpassing views make La Pólvora an inviting way to approach to Granada's colonial tradition.
Location: at the end of Real street
Opening Hours: from 8 AM to 5 PM
Did you know...
The name of Granada is inspired by the Spanish city of Granada. The founder of the Nicaraguan Granada called it this way to celebrate the conquest of Spanish Granada by the Catholic Monarchs, who snatched it from the Muslims in 1492.
There is no better way to know the local traditions and how is the life in Granada than visiting the city market. The building that hosts the market was constructed in 1892 in a neocolonial style and inside you can buy almost everything you can imagine, from food to car wheels. It is important to notice that this market is different from what tourist can be used to: it is messy, labyrinthine, noisy, colorful and at some point dingy. Nonetheless, it is ideal to feel integrated with the local community and to know the city and its inhabitants' reality.
Location: El Comercio street across from Cuiscoma
Opening hours: all day but we recomend going at dawn
Convento y Museo de San Francisco
This old colonial building has a towering facade painted in light blue and it is the headquarters of the most important museum in Granada. Built in the 16th century and upgraded countless times, it hosts an impressive exhibition about city's history. It has a painting collection, religious artifacts, a small silver work area and a big local art section. However, the most valuable and important collection shows to the visitor the archaeological remains of precolumbian stone art collected from Zapatera island and a few stone statues of about 1.000 years old.
Location: Cervantes street across from Corrales
Horario: monday-friday from 8 AM to 4 PM / weekends from 9 AM to 4 PM
Considered a jewel of Granada and Nicaragua, this sacred place opened to visitors transmits absolut peace and tranquility. It is an unusually beatiful place to walk around between ostentatious mausoleums designed by european prestigious sculptors and modest graves coarsely decorated. In this cemetery were buried 9 former nicaraguan presidents, as well as other prominent nicaraguans related to arts, culture, politics and science. It is recommended to attend a guided tour so you can explore this place respectfully.
Location: at the end of Nueva street
Opening hours: all day
María Auxiliadora chapel
This church is not as known and famous as others because it is not the biggest, nor the oldest, nor is part of the city's skyline, but it is considered the prettiest of those found in Granada. The facade is surprisingly painted in blue and white colors whereas that its astonishing inside is painted in green and cerulean, which is not indifferent to visitors and tourists, together with its singularity and magnificence. The color of the walls contrasts with the color of the wood furniture.
Location: Real Xalteva street across from El Cementerio
Opening hours: depends on the day
Did you know that...
The city of Granada was also known as “La Gran Sultana” or “The Great Sultana” because of its overwhelming beauty, its privileged location and its colonial heritage with moorish reminiscent that makes the city pretty different from its neighbours.
Also known as Central Park, this place is the hearts of the city. It is an ideal space to eat or drink something, to walk around, to hire a typical horse-drawn carriage or to enjoy the nicaraguan cuisine. Around the park you can find some of the most important buildings of Granada, such as the city hall, as well as the main streets and avenues. It has some beautiful fountains and statues, among them one of the famous and laureated nicaraguan poet Ruben Darío, and many leafy trees (such as ficus, palm trees, mangos...) that provide nice shading areas where to rest while eating a delicious vigaron.
Location: Colón Park
Opening hours: all day
The manufacture of cigars will stop being a secret to the visitors of this factory. You can take a tour through the building o learn and discover the whole process of handmaking this luxury product very appreciated around the world. The excellent treatment and kindness of the staff, as well as its great preparation, will make the visit a special and unique moment that will conclude with the degustation of one Mombacho cigar in a quiet, calmed and friendly athmosphere.
Location: Atravesada street, une block south Sandino Park
Opening hours: check