Granada in Nicaragua is practically a living museum, a picturesque colonial town nestled on the banks of Central America’s largest lake – this is one place you can’t afford to miss when traveling in Nicaragua!
Granada also makes a perfect base for checking out the surrounding region, while offering a laid-back quiet vibe to return to every night for twilight snaps of cobblestoned streets or insta-worthy food.
However for some reasons the average traveler to Granada only spends a day or two here and fails to truly take in this historic city – a long-time rival to Leon in the north – but with a far more authentic feel!
Having recently spent 2 weeks in Granada getting a feel for this elegant city, full of life and beauty I felt compelled to share more about it. Unquestionably a Nicaragua must see, even if it lacks the excitement of seeing two volcanoes in one day like Leon.
I have put together this list of 15 things to do in Granada, Nicaragua to inspire you to spend longer here, relax, and uncover it’s secrets! Let me know what you think, and feel free to leave some of your favorite things to do in Granada in the comments at the end!
15 Fun Things To Do In Granada, Nicaragua: The Best Of The Gringo Trail 🇳🇮
#1. Discover Nicaragua food and the Nicaraguan chef inside you at La Tortilla Cooking School.
#2. Take a relaxing boat ride through the islets of Granada – the Hollywood of Nicaragua.
#3. Relax pool-side complete with delicious cocktails and escape the midday heat at La Gran Francia Hotel, a splash of luxury in an incredible location.
#4. Shop till you drop at one of the cities many second-hand clothing retailers. Who needs a mall when you have fashion and prices as good as these!
#5. Experience the raw intensity of a molten lava river at night in the crater of nearby Masaya Volcano with Nicaragua’s Best Guides.
#6. Discover amazing new tastes, cheap cocktails and a whole lot of fun on Calle La Calzada – the cities premier dining street!
#7. Dive in a volcano and help save the world with Volcano Divers.
#8. Wander the streets aimlessly and see real Nicaraguan life on display.
#9. Learn about the plight of disabled people in Nicaragua and support the deaf community (while tasting delicious food) at Cafe de las Sonrisas.
#10. Brush up on your Spanish, or start from scratch, at one of the cities many Spanish Schools – some of the cheapest in the world!
#11. Wander the old Granada cemetery, the oldest in Central America, which is watched over by the nearby Mombacho Volcano.
#12. Treat yourself to a delicious meal or a drink at one of Granda’s foremost dining locations – La Gran Francia Restaurant.
#13. Get the best view of the action in Granada atop Iglesia La Merced.
#14. Find yourself a bargain or just aimlessly wander the Central Market of Granada – an experience you will never forget.
#15. Experience Granada during Semana Santa – the holiest week of the year!
So, what were your favorite things to do in Granada, Nicaragua? Have I convinced you to spend long at this highlight of Central America? Let me know in the comments below your favorite attractions and must-do sites!
If you have more time why not also check out one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Nicaragua or Cerro Negro volcano boarding?
Further Things To Consider Before Any Adventure
Now you're all set and prepared to explore our big wide world, why not sort out everything else out all in one go? If necessary for your travel plans make sure you have brought proper travel insurance, protected your privacy by getting a secure VPN, compared all the top hotel booking sites to find just what you're after, reserved an unbeatable rental car price and - of course - booked the best flight deals!
Or maybe just forget it all and go for a last-minute cruise or effortless tour instead?
Many budget travelers (including me) indulge in worldwide airport lounge access, so we can experience luxury while still slumming it in economy. Naturally, we would never leave home without a more general travel guide since we couldn’t possibly cover everything here!
Just add an adventurous attitude and plenty of smiles - they go a long way - and that about covers it all! Now go out, find your own path and don't forget to share your best inspiration stories with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram...I'd love to hear from you!