As the oldest colonial city in both Nicaragua and the entire Western Hemisphere, Granada has no shortage of beautiful buildings and great historical attractions. It also has some of the best dining options in the country. The main commercial shopping district is Calle el Comercio, home to plenty of vendors selling local goods and boutique clothing shops. If you are looking for the best restaurants and bars in the city, be sure to head to Calle Calzada and Parque Central.
While you're in Granada, make time for these must-see attractions and destinations as well:
-Fuerte La Polvora: This 18th century fort has a rotating calendar of historical exhibits. Climb the tower or stroll through the nearby courtyard.
-Mi Museo: This museum has a private collection of well over 5,000 Nicaraguan Pre-Columbian ceramics.
-Go Horseback Riding: Take a horseback tour around the Mombacho-Volcano and learn more about the local farming in the area.
-Laguna de Apoyo: The deepest volcano crater lake in Nicaragua, Laguna de Apoyo is also said to have the clearest blue water in the country.
The great weather year-round in Granada means that there is always something big happening in this city. Some of the main festivals include the Corpus Christi Fair in April, which is the biggest fair in the country and full of games, street parades, and live performers; Tope de Toro in August, where several bulls are let loose on the streets of Granada; and Desfile Hipico in August, where the most prized horses in the country take part in a parade through town.
Luckily, finding a vacation rental in Granada is easy, no matter what time of year you plan to visit. With properties ranging from apartments in the middle of town and close to the main shopping and dining options, to villas and condos with stunning views of Granada's natural beauty, there's a property available that's right for you and your budget.
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