22 Fantastic Things To Do In Granada [Nicaragua] in 2024

Cazzy Magennis
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Cazzy Magennis
Last Updated:
January 24, 2024
Granada is the colonial beauty of Nicaragua and a popular tourist spot. Discover my list of the top things to do in Granada and where to stay below...
Granada Nicaragua

Granada is a beautiful colonial city in Nicaragua, and is one of the most-known cities in the country.

Located right on the shores of Lake Nicaragua - Granada has so much to offer with its fun, charm, and laid-back atmosphere.

We stayed there for 4 wonderful nights, and had the adventure of a lifetime! 

No Nicaragua backpacking itinerary would be complete without a visit to Granada and, with so much to see and do you'll want to allow at least a couple of days here.

To help you plan your visit, I’ve taken the time to write out the best things to do in Granada, Nicaragua!

Plus some extra information that you will hopefully find useful!

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How to get to Granada?

Granada is the central point of the typical Nicaragua itinerary, so it’s usually a middle spot for people and easy to get to.

  • Fly: You can fly to Managua (the capitals airport) and get a transfer to Granada for about $25-30 via car, or hop on a chicken bus/shuttle.
  • Drive: If you’re driving around Nicaragua, you can easily get to Granada via the highway.
  • Buses: If you're coming from Guatemala, El Salvador or Costa Rica, you can get a bus to Granada. Sometimes they will take you to Mangauga then you will have to transfer yourself.
  • Shuttle: Some tourist companies run shuttle services to Granada, this is quite common from San Juan Del Sur, Ometepe and Leon (all worthy stops!)

Getting around Granada

Just like the rest of Nicaragua, there is no Uber or ride sharing apps (unless you’re in the capital), so you will need to get around by Tuk-tuk, taxi or foot within the city.

If you're taking a tour, then your transport will be included, and if you’re visiting sights within the Granada city, you can get to everywhere via foot.

Taxis are much more expensive than other parts of Nicaragua, so haggle hard for a good rate.

Another popular way to get around Granada is by horse-drawn carriage and you will find them all over the city. This form of transport usually consists of a 1.5 tour that will show you best sites.

However, as with anything to do with animals we also say to look at the condition of the horse first. If they don't look like they're being well looked after - definitely give this a miss! 

Some people even choose to hire a moped to explore but that's not really necessary here as you will find local buses running in the city. Although it can take a while to get around by bus the tickets are so cheap! 

horses in granada

Where to stay in Granada

Granada has lots of different options when it comes to hotels. Everything is actually well-priced and you will be spoilt for choice.

I’ve recommend 5 top hotels in Granada, including the hotels Bradley and I stayed in which are both perfect for couples.

  • Hotel Adela Boutique: Bradley and I stayed here for 3 nights! It’s a beautiful 4 star hotel in a colonial building that's been transformed into a small and inviting hotel. Offering a great swimming pool, beautiful and spacious air conditioned rooms and a great breakfast; it's perfect for couples and families! Read our full review of Hotel Adela Boutique here.
  • Selina: If you want a backpacker vibe but with air conditioned rooms, then this is a great spot. They also have a games room, library and cinema, oh and a swimming pool too. Perfect for backpackers. We stayed here for a couple nights and loved their coworking space (great for digital nomads).
  • Hotel Dario: I actually discovered this place from having lunch in it one day. The building is breathtaking, probably my favourite in all of Granada. The grounds are stunning, and as I looked further, the rooms are too. It’s a great price, in a great location.
  • Mansion De Chocolate: It’s part of the chocolate museum, so chocolate lovers should stay here. Rooms are nicely decorated and a spa and swimming pool are on-site.
  • Oasis Hostel: When I was looking at hostels, this is the one i liked best. I know them because they organise great tours to the Laguna. The rooms are really nice and it has a nice vibe. It was really busy when we went!
You can find our roundup of the best hotels in Granada (Nicaragua) here.
hotel dario granada

22 Top things to do in Granada, Nicaragua

Okay, so now for the part you came for: the top things to do in Granada. You can easily see all these things within a 3-4 day period!

1. Explore the Main Plaza

plaza granada nicaragua

If you're looking for things to do in Granada then don't miss out on visiting the main plaza or Parque Central de Granada as it's often known.

This part of the city is famous for its beautiful fountains and market stalls selling souvenirs so allow some time to just wander around.

You'll also find plenty of restaurants and ice cream vendors here so you've got lots of dining options.

However, the main plaza is most famous for its spectacular cathedral as its architecture is pretty special. With its colonial design and bright yellow/orange color - this cathedral is definitely worth a visit! 

Although you can visit here during the day, this area of Granada gets lively at night so I'd recommend spending some time here after the sun has gone down. 

You can also head on this memorable carriage tour, where you’ll visit the plaza and nearby attractions in style whilst your local guide teaches you everything you need to know.

2. Visit the famous Cathedral

cathedral granada

The Granada Cathedral is probably the most beautiful building in all of Nicaragua (in my opinion).

It’s bright, stunning and well worth a visit, especially with its wonderful colonial design and bright yellow/orange and white coloring. 

This cathedral dominates the city skyline with two distinctive bell towers and a dome. Of course you can get your pictures from the outside, but it’s actually very beautiful inside too. 

Even better - it's FREE to enter so it is the perfect attraction to visit if you're looking to save some cash

Try and visit when a service is on too and you’ll get to experience everyone singing hymns which is quite memorable.

Trust me - visiting this cathedral is one of the top things to do in Granada!

It’s located right in front of the main plaza, and is open from 9:00am until 6:00pm all days of the week (aside from any religious events that may be on at the time).

3. Check out the Cathedral from above

the view from Iglesia La Merced

When you get to the cathedral, you’ll notice you will have a hard time trying to get a picture of this magnificent building from the front without the trees blocking it.

However, don't worry as I've got the perfect solution for you! 

You can head up to Iglesia La Merced which is another beautiful church nearby and walk up its bell tower. At just $1 it's a steal to enter, especially once you get to see the views from the top

Once you've climbed up the bell tower, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of Granada Cathedral and the city in general! 

This makes for a beautiful sunset location so it could be a nice romantic place to go in Granada if you’re traveling with a partner. Remember that the bell tower is only open until 5:30pm though, so try not to leave it too late.

You'll also want to make sure you've got a great-quality camera to capture the moment!

READ MORE: Getting around Nicaragua

4. Take a day trip to Apoyo Lagoon

lake apoyo

This is without a doubt one of the top things to do in Granada!

The Apoyo Lagoon is like a “crater lake” and it’s nestled between volcanoes. It’s a massive lake that has perfect temperatures for swimming, and it’s great to tube in, paddleboard and also kayak. 

This is an excellent day out to unwind and chill! 

When you’re chatting to the tour agencies, they will quote you around $20-25 for a day trip to this area. 

That will include your transport, your entrance to the hostel on the lakefront, use of kayaks, tubes and that’s it. 

The name of the hostel you go to is Paradiso and it’s the standard place all the tours go to. It’s right on the beach front and it’s the hostel that gives you free access to tubes, sun loungers and kayaks (small fee for paddle boards) included in the entrance price. 

Actually if you message them on Facebook and book DIRECT it costs $10 per person, for transport there and back, all the stuff I mentioned above, and free tea and coffee.

The agencies are charging $20-25, when it actually costs $10. They pick you up from your hotel/hostel and drop you back there. 

Pick up is around 9 am, and you get taken home at 4pm. You can actually do a volcano tour with them (that I mention below) for $25, and you go to the volcano and then they drop you at your hotel (including the day at the lake too and everything mentioned above).

The hostel itself is great, there is an awesome bar serving a wide range of fantastic food of different cuisines. Dishes are around $6 but the food is fresh and delicious. I had a mozzarella salad!

Drinks are available and excellent. It’s $2 for a nica libre (Which is white rum). 

You can simply spend your day relaxing as you wish. Catch up on your tan, swim in the lake, float in tubes in the lake, kayak around the lake, or read a good book, play cards or board games, play pool or paddle board! 

I warn you, it is super warm there. I put layers and layers and layers of suncream on, and I still got badly burnt (I write this 10 days later and I still have burn marks - yes seriously). 

Eventually I just had to stay in the shade to avoid burning. So be careful. 

The Apoyo Lagoon is located around 7 km west of Granada, which you can get to within 20 minutes from the city center.

If you like having everything organized for you (and not have to worry about using public transport), then you can also book this private tour to Apoyo Lagoon. This tour is customisable depending on how much time you want to spend here, where you’ll also visit Masaya Volcano and the highlights of Granada’s city center.

5. Go see real life magma in Masaya Volcano

masaya volcano granada

So, I love volcanoes, I really do. I’ve been fascinated by them since I learnt about them in Geography lessons as a child and on my bucket list I wanted to climb volcanoes (check), see a crater lake (check), surf down a volcano (check) and see REAL magma...CHECK!

You take this tour in the evening, and it doesn’t involve any hiking.

You drive to the national park, and you stop at a museum to learn about the volcanoes in the area and Nicaragua in general. Then you drive up to the top of the very active Masaya Volcano (which is small- hence why you can drive).

Going at night is obviously better so you can see the bright color of the magma!

You look down into the crater and you’ll see burning lava. It’s not lots and lots and it’s not “close” to you, but you can see it clearly and see it move as it burns red. It’s AMAZING and one of the best things to do in Granada.

I found it to be a memorable experience. You only spend about 15 minutes up at the crater because the sulfur starts to get really strong (to the point you’re choking) and you have to drive away.

The tour costs $25 ish, and that includes the $10 entrance fee into the park at night. It’s quite pricey since it only lasts 2 hours, and you could arrange a taxi to take you up and down (but I doubt it will be cheaper)

But it’s worth every penny and a must-see whilst in Granada!

If you'd prefer to pay extra and have a certified guide with you at all times, then this epic night tour is one of the best options! You'll also have hotel pick-up and drop-off included, as well as transport.

Those who have more free time can instead head on this alternative day tour, where you’ll visit the crater as well as the beautiful town of Catarina. You’ll have all transport and entrance fees included in the tour.

Masaya is located some 30 km away from Granada, and on public transport (or using the tour shuttles) you can be here within 40 minutes.

Visiting Masaya Volcano is one of the top things to do in Granada - so don't leave it off your itinerary!

real magma

6. Party at Selina on Saturday Night

selina granada

Selina is a popular hostel chain that is found all throughout Central and South America. They provide really cool rooms for all types of travelers, and their hostel in Granada is located in a prime location right on the Parque Central.

But, that’s not what you’re really here for though! Every night they hold different events (like beer pong tournaments), but on Saturday night they host a BIG party that everyone in the area (including the locals) heads too. The music is LOUD, the drinks are flowing and the party is going.

If you stay at Selina then you’ll have free entrance to these parties. So if you plan on having a few wild nights in Granada, then this is your spot.

Another side note: if you’re a digital nomad, Selina has a co-working space you can pay to spend 24 hours in and it’s awesome.

High speed wifi, in an air conditioned room with meeting rooms, comfy chairs for laptops, and everything you need - plus coffee, a fax machine and printer.

$5 for non-visitors.

$2.50 for those staying.

7. Check out the colorful colonial buildings

colonial granada

Granada is filled with bright multi-coloured buildings that are really worth exploring when here.

You can simply wander around the streets and take photograph after photograph with a backdrop of greens, blues, pinks and yellows!

Some of the most iconic colonial buildings in the city include the Granada Cathedral, San Francisco Church, and Iglesia Xalteva. You'll also want to walk past the San Francisco Convent.

However, it's not just the main buildings you'll want to photograph as some of the houses are beautifully coloured too.

Remember that Granada is a really safe and touristy spot, so don’t be afraid to wander off by yourself!

Along the way, you’ll find quaint and unique little coffee shops to relax in and plenty of quirky buildings. We recommend heading off around 4pm with your camera, as the fading sun really makes these colors stand out even bolder.

You can also explore these colonial gems with this city walking tour, where you’ll visit many of these top delights including the Church de la Merced and the San Francisco Convent. You’ll also ride around in a traditional horse carriage whilst taking in the awesome city views.

Speaking of which…

8. Take a walking tour

buildings in granada

Walking tours are a great way to learn more about a new destination, and also to discover spots that you may otherwise not have heard of.

There are countless tour agencies selling walking tours of Granada, and they usually take 3-4 hours as you head to all the best spots that you’d want to visit from a “top things to see in Granada” list.

A tour will give you the chance to ask questions and get real answers from people who live here. They generally cost around $15-20, although you can find cheaper ones if you're good at negotiating (and speak some Spanish).

When we were discussing tours with an agency, they said if we booked two other tours with them, they’d throw in a city tour for free...so you could do that if you wanted.

Or you can book tours that include extra destinations too, which is always a good decision! 

We highly recommend heading with this guided day tour, where you will see the city's highlights as well as having a boat ride around the Islets of Granada.

You can also take a look at this Granada city tour, which includes a guided tour of the city, a visit to Masaya Volcano, as well as a boat trip around Nicaragua Lake!

9. Visit the Islets of Granada

islet in Nicaragua Lake

This is one of the things to do in Granada that Bradley and I missed out on. I wanted to do it initially, then I just simply decided against it. We were tired from traveling and I wanted to sleep haha!

But, it looks fantastic and great. The Granada Islets are made up of hundreds of little islands and you can go via boat (or your own kayak) to visit them.  

The boat will take you to a few islets that allow you to spot an array of animals (including curious monkeys and a wide range of marine birds). The tour via boat only lasts a couple of hours, but if you decide to kayak yourself, it will take longer (make sure to wear good sunscreen given the sun can be really hot here!).

Either way, it looks beautiful and I spoke to a couple who went and they said it was amazing, so definitely include it if you want a unique experience here in Granada.

The Islets of Granada are located on Lake Nicaragua, just a few kilometers off-shore from the city.

It’s around $25 for a tour, or you can arrange your own transport (it’s only about 15 minutes away) and rent out a boat or kayak from the “dock”.

If you'd prefer to do a tour, then this sunset tour of the islets is the perfect option! Not only will you go on a cruise of the lake, but you'll get to see the 'Island of Monkeys' and El Castillo Fortress.

10. Take a Cooking Class

Nicaraguan cuisine

What better way to experience local culture than by learning how to cook the local cuisine?

With a cooking class in Granada, you’ll have the chance to buy fresh ingredients from the markets, then learn how to make a variety of authentic Nicaraguan dishes.

These include local staples like Gallo Pinto and Nacatamales, as well as regional specialities like Vaho and Tajadas.

It’s a cool skill to learn and you can recreate the dishes at home for family and friends, or if you’re craving the food - which you definitely will once you leave!

Nicaragua as a country has delicious food and there are so many incredible dishes to try! 

You'll find plenty of cooking schools in the city to choose from, but you'll just need to compare the prices to find the best deals.

One of the most popular options is Spanish School Express who are primarily a language school, however, they do offer cooking classes!

If you have a serious sweet tooth, then you can also book your spot on this chocolate workshop, where you’ll learn how to make some tasty chocolate - Nicaraguan style.

11. Hit up the markets

market stall in Granada

Wandering around the markets is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Granada!

There are a variety of markets in the area that run on different days, so there will always be one to explore.

Whether you're looking for a food market, to buy clothes, or you're after a souvenir - this city will have something for you!

You can even find market stalls that sell local chocolate so make sure that's at the top of your list.

Those who want awesome souvenirs will definitely want to head to the Cultural Center Old Craft Market, which is located in nearby Masaya. It only takes 25 minutes to get there by car, and is open 9:00am until 5:00pm all days of the week.

If you're looking for something specific or you're unsure, you can always speak to a local or your accommodation owner. Seriously, they’ll point you in places you didn’t know existed!

Just make sure you head to the main market during your trip. It’s located just a couple of blocks south of the Parque Central, and is open from as early as 5:00am until 5:00pm all days of the week.

12. Dive into a Volcano

Apoyo Lagoon
Source: Wikipedia via Phayne

This is definitely one of the more unique things to do in Granada, and can be done at the Apoyo Lake that we mentioned above.  

It’s a project run by Volcano Divers Nicaragua and is a must for any adventure-seeker out there!

Although diving into a volcano sounds super crazy, you'll actually be diving into a crater lake which sounds much more pleasant. 

You’ll get to discover crazy rock formations left over from ancient eruptions, and see numerous thermal vents releasing hot water from deep within the Earth’s crust.

As well as this, during the dive in the Apoyo Lagoon you can also spot a variety of crabs and rare fishes.

If you choose to do this you won't regret it!

Volcano Divers Nicaragua are actually hoping to increase the number of crater lakes possible to dive into, so there may be more opportunities in the future too!

If you want to read more about diving in this volcano lake, then read about this guy's experience!

13. Learn Spanish

Spanish lesson

Granada is actually one of the cheapest places in Nicaragua to learn Spanish, so whether you’ve got a week free, or a month, you can spend some time learning the language.

It will be super useful if you plan on backpacking the rest of Central America, South America, and Spain of course.

You’ll learn quicker in an environment where everyone speaks the language, than say learning at home. So it’s well worth it!

There are plenty of awesome language schools to choose from including Casa Nica Spanish, SOL Spanish School, and Casa Xalteva.

Just have a shop around and decide how long you're staying in the area. This way, you can decide how many lessons you want and can compare packages.

14. Visit the Chocolate Museum

churches in granada

Chocolate lovers rejoice! I’ve found the best thing to do in Granada for you….

You can visit the ChocoMuseo, take a chocolate workshop and create your own masterpiece, or even take a trip to a cacao farm.

You’ll get to learn about the history of chocolate making first, and then you can take chocolate in its pure form and make your own! You can even make it how it was first used in Central America, before it was further sweetened after the arrival of the Spanish.

Whilst you can take chocolate tours in other countries, Nicaragua is an especially great place to do it. This is because it's just one of nine countries worldwide that has been recognised as a 100% fine cocoa origin by the International Cocoa Organisation.

This is a great way to learn about one of Nicaragua's most popular productions, and create a unique souvenir for family or friends back home (or eat yourself!)

Chocolate workshops (Direct purchase on website) is $21 per person lasting 2 hours, and the Farm tour costs $89 per person.

Those who want everything sorted for them can pre-book their spot here, which includes round-trip transportation from their accommodation as well as having all entrances and tastings included!

The ChocoMuseo is located just a couple of blocks north of the Parque Central, and is open from 10:00am until 6:00pm all days of the week.

15. Check out the Mombacho Volcano Cloud Forest

Mombacho Volcano in Nicaragua

Over the years, Mombacho Volcano has transformed into a unique cloud forest region. 

You can visit the volcano on your own, but with tours coming in at around $30, it’s often more convenient to just go with a guide.

As you walk through the beautiful, cool cloud forest you’ll find lots of wonderful trees and animals, and it’s good to have a guide to tell you more about them.

If you’re lucky you might even spot tree frogs! 

You can climb to the peak of the volcano, or you can just wander through the cloud forest. Either way it’s one of the great things to do in Granada and you can read more about it here...

You'll find plenty of tour operators who offer this activity, but this guided tour of Mombacho is a fantastic option! Here you’ll visit the volcano along with Masaya and the Apoyo Lagoon all on the same tour.

PS, you can also take a zip line tour through the trees in Mombacho and as someone who ADORES ziplining, I really wish I did this.

You book your spot here which includes access to all 17 platforms, and also includes your transportation and entrance fees. I think it’s a really good thing to do in Granada with kids.

The Mombacho Volcano is located some 30km south of Granada, which takes around an hour to arrive by car. The park is open from 7:00am until 4:00pm all days of the week.

16. Visit some of Granada's Museums

Casa de los Tres Mundos
Source: Magicartpro via Wikipedia

The best way to learn about a new country or city is to explore the nearby museums!

Luckily, Granada has lots to choose from so I'd allow plenty of time to wander around and get to know the area's history.

The museums in Granada are all pretty small so they won't take too long to visit, and they're cheap too.

You've got the choice of Casa de los Tres Mundos, Mi Museo, and the San Francisco Convent.

Each one has something unique to offer, and exhibitions tend to change throughout the year! 

Casa de los Tres Mundos is more of a cultural center, but they do have displays you can explore making it worth the visit.

It’s located right next to the Parque Central, and is open from 8:00am until 6:00pm, Monday through to Saturday.

17. Hire a bicycle to explore the Waterfront

Granada waterfront

Although many people choose to explore Granada by foot - hiring a bicycle is a great alternative option!

It offers you a quick and easy way to get around, and you'll be able to visit more attractions.

One of the best places to explore by bicycle is the waterfront so you can take in the breathtaking views.

If you make your way down to Calle Calzada, you can then cycle along the Malecon which is a beautiful area overlooking Lake Nicaragua.

Hiring a bicycle is easy in the city as there are plenty of rental shops to choose from! Just make sure you shop around for the best deals.

You can also pre-book online with Nicaragua Travel Guide, who offer daily hires for as little as $3!

18. Visit La Polvora Fortress

Exploring La Polvora Fortress is one of the best things to do in Granada so don't miss this place off your itinerary!

This fortress has been around since the 1740s and was originally built to protect the city from pirates. Today however, it's a military museum and there are plenty of awesome exhibits to see.

Not only is this fortress FREE to visit but you'll get spectacular views from here too.

During your visit, make sure you walk up the fortress tower as the views from the top will truly take your breath away.

You'll get panoramic views of the city of course, but you'll also get epic vistas of Lake Managua and Mombacho Volcano.

If you're wondering what to do in Granada, make sure you head up this tower! 

La Polvora Fortress is located just a block away from the Xalteva Church, which is around a 5 minute drive west from the Parque Central.

It’s open from 8:00am until 5:00pm, Monday through to Saturday (however is closed on Sundays).

You can also head to the Polvora Fortress with this guided day tour, which also includes visits to other key sites throughout Granada. 

19. Visit some of the city's awesome restaurants

restaurants in Granada

Now, all this exploring is going to make you extremely peckish! 

Luckily, Granada is full of awesome restaurants and cafes serving a wide variety of cuisines (including both Nicaraguan and international).

One of the most popular spots in the city is the famous Garden Cafe which focuses on sustainability and wholesome foods. They prioritize the environment by providing filtered water instead of bottled, and by having a 'skip the straw' campaign. It’s open from 7:00am until 9:00pm all days of the week.

Another fantastic restaurant in Granada is the Monna Lisa, which serves delicious thin crust pizzas. It's the perfect place to eat if you're craving some international cuisine. Opening hours here are somewhat varied, so it’s best to double-check on the day. They are open from Friday until Monday (12:00pm until 10:00pm), and on Tuesday and Thursday (from 4:00pm until 10:00pm). They are closed on Wednesdays.

Both are located close to the Parque Central, so it’s just a case of picking whatever takes your fancy on the day.

If you're still not convinced then you can head to Kathy's Waffle House, Restaurante El Zaguan, or Pita Pita

So, if you're wondering where to eat in Granada - just pay some of these places a visit.

Day trips from Granada

If you’re only spending your main bulk of time in Granada, then it’s possible to take some great day trips from there. Below I discuss my favourites.

20. Leon

Leon in Nicaragua

Leon is about 2.5 hours from Granada and one of the most popular reasons for visiting here is to learn about the Nicaraguan revolution and try your hand at Volcano boarding!

Aside from those two, there are plenty of things to do in Leon as well! 

Whether you're looking to hike up a volcano, relax on the beach, or party the night away - this small town has something for every type of traveller.

You'll also get to visit the largest cathedral in Central America so there's lots to see! Just make sure you start your day trip early as you won't want to rush your time here.

To reach Leon you can hire a moped, take the tourist shuttle, or hop on one of the local minibuses.

21. San Juan Del Sur

San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua

Want to surf!? Then head to the coast of San Juan Del Sur! Even if you don’t want to surf, you can relax by the beach and dine at one of the beach front restaurants - with 2-4-1 margaritas you can’t complain.

Like with Leon, to reach San Juan Del Sur you can take a tourist shuttle, hop on a local bus, or hire a moped. You can even take a taxi but expect to haggle hard for the price!

The journey will take between 1.5-2 hours, and you'll want to get there early!

There are tons of fantastic things to do here like hiking up to the Christ of Mercy, heading out on a catamaran ride, and horseback riding on the beach. Sounds like a dream right?

22. Managua

cerro negro volcano
Cerro Negro: Leon

If you want to visit the capital to explore the area or visit a TGI Fridays (I know I know, but we visit them all across the world and it’s new!), then Managua is only an hour away via shuttle bus that leaves every 15 minutes just off the central plaza.

This makes it the perfect day trip from Granada!

Managua is one of the largest city's in Central America so it's quite the experience.

Located on the shores of Lake Managua, this city is beautiful and has so much to offer!

You'll find plenty of attractions to visit here including the iconic cathedral, the scenic waterfront, and Revolution Square. Here's some more information on the things you can do in Managua!

Granada Travel Tips/FAQ

When is a good time to visit Granada?

The “peak” season to visit Granada is during November to April as this is the dry season which greets you with long days of hot sun...very hot sun!

It does mean some waterfalls aren’t going to be the best, so some people choose to visit between April and June.

However, we visited in March and the weather was perfect!

How long should you spend in Granada?

There are so many awesome things to do in Granada so I recommend staying at least 4-5 nights. This will give you plenty of time to see the best attractions and head out on some day trips without having to rush.

However, if you're looking to relax as well then it might be wise to add an extra day or two onto the end of your trip!

What is a good budget for Granada?

As with many other countries in Nicaragua, Granada is very cheap! You'll find endless budget-friendly accommodation options, cheap food, and many of the attractions are FREE too.

For this reason, you can get by on around $35-40 per day, but add a bit more to this if you want to go on plenty of tours! 

Can you just book a tour for Granada?

You can certainly book a tour for Granada and you'll find plenty of options! This fantastic city tour offers you the chance to explore Granada with a guide, but you'll also have a trip around Las Isletas included too.

Or why not check out this Granada city tour? Not only will you get to explore the city's colonial architecture, but this epic tour also includes a visit to Masaya Volcano, and a boat trip around Nicaragua Lake.

Where to next?

After visiting Granada, you have a few choices of your onward destination, depending on the way your route through Central America has taken you.

If you have come from Costa Rica, then you may find yourself wanting to visit San Juan Del Sur, or heading to Leon, which is a natural stop before venturing into El Salvador (don’t skip El Salvador and head straight to Guatemala, you’re missing out on one of the greatest little countries!)

If you have come from El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras direction, then head to Ometepe next and discover more stunning volcanoes, hot springs and epic sunsets.

So there you have it, my guide to the top things to do in Granada. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found it informative.

If you think there is anything I have missed out, then please do comment below.

Happy travelling!

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