Francisco Hernández de Córdoba

10 things to see in Granada, Nicaragua

Francisco Hernández de Córdoba

LANGUAGE SPOKEN: SPANISH
CLIMATE DURING VISIT: DRY; TEMPERATURES RANGING FROM 86ºF – 95ºF
GRANADA’S ESTIMATED POPULATION: 130,697

Granada is the oldest city founded by the Spanish in Central America and second on the American Continent after Cumaná in Venezuela. Granada was founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba. Granada was named after the Spanish Andalucian city Granada.

 

Guadalupe Church, Granada, Nicaragua
Guadalupe Church, Granada, Nicaragua
Catedral de Granada, Nicaragua
Catedral de Granada, Nicaragua
Puerta de la Fe, Catedral de Granada, Nicaragua
Puerta de la Fe, Catedral de Granada, Nicaragua

Striking churches are found in this charming colonial city of Granada. Visiting these churches is a fun activity between the leather shopping and snacking on the traditional food.

 

Monument en hommage à la Maternité (Granada, Nicaragua)
Monument en hommage à la Maternité (Granada, Nicaragua)
Granada is adorned with statues around town, but my favorite statue is the “Mother Statue.” This beautiful statue sits in Granada’s Central Park. On the statue “A La Madre Toda AB Negacion y Amor” is ascribed.
Horse carts are a great way to get around the streets of Granada. Many locals earn their keep by driving the horse cart taxies in Granada. Other locals use them to move merchandise from one location to the next.
Getting around in Granada, Nicaragua
Getting around in Granada, Nicaragua

 

Leather smith work in Granada Nicaragua
Leather smith work in Granada Nicaragua
Leather smith work in Granada Nicaragua
Leather smith work in Granada Nicaragua
Handcrafted master leather pieces can be found in the city of Granada. Many shops have workshops and allow you to take a tour and watch the leather smith work.

 

Central Park, Granada, Nicaragua
Central Park, Granada, Nicaragua

Vigorón is one of the most popular plates of Nicaragua. In Granada in the Central Park stop and enjoy a “Vigorón con Yucca”.   Its ingredients are boiled yucca, chicharrón, a salad made out of cabbage, tomato, mimbro with a vinegar and chili dressing. Yummy!

 

Mombacho volcano, Nicaragua
Mombacho volcano, Nicaragua

The eruption of the Mombacho volcano 20,000 years ago formed 365 islands that are called las Isletas found in Lago Nicaragua. Some of the islands are inhabited by campesinos and others by wealthy investors who have luxury homes.

 

Juan Carlos, our tour guide of Las Isletas
Juan Carlos, our tour guide of Las Isletas

The tour of las Isletas is definitely worth taking! You get to see the beautiful Isletas, the Mombacho Volcano and breathtaking views that surround you.

 

Lago Nicaragua also known as Lake Cocibolca
Lago Nicaragua also known as Lake Cocibolca

Lago Nicaragua also known as Lake Cocibolca, the world’s twentieth largest lake, has saltwater sharks despite being a freshwater lake. The sharks travel up the San Juan river and reach Lago Nicaragua.

 

An old man keep cools
An old man keeps cool

We leave you with this picture…On a hot day in February an old man keeps cool by sitting back and relaxing in his Granada home.

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