No wonder why so many travelers use Granada as their base to travel around Nicaragua: this beautiful postcard city has something for everyone. Not only the city itself great, but it’s also the perfect base for checking out the surrounding region. We loved our time in the city and tried to visit as much as possible during our 2-day stay. So if you’re planning on visiting Nicaragua and looking for the best things to do in Granada… you’ve come to the right place! Here are our favorites:
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Explore the colonial city of Granada
One of the best things to do is exploring the city of Granada. Granada is pretty, cozy, colorful and begs to be explored. It’s the oldest city in Nicaragua and has beautiful colonial-style buildings. Heaven for photographers or everyone who loves to take a thousand pictures! It’s not that big and very safe to explore it on your own.
Climb the top of Iglesia La Merced
For the best views of Granada, you need to climb the old Iglesia La Merced Church (1534). This postcard cathedral is located in the middle of town and costs you around $1USD to enter and climb to the top of the bell tower. Don’t be shocked when the bells start ringing, just cover your ears!
Free walking tour down the streets of Granada
Downtown Granada is fun! Cute shops, a vibrant market and the place to spot all the locals doing their groceries. If you are staying at Selina Granada, you need to sign up for the free walking tour. Great to have a local living in Granada as a guide that tells you a little bit more about the history and gives you plenty of food recommendations.
Sign up this free walking tour at Selina Granada
Take a trip to Laguna De Apoyo
Imagine hot temperatures all day long when traveling Nicaragua. A refreshing and relaxing day at a gorgeous volcanic lake with crystal-clear water sounds not bad at all, right? Buena Tours offers a great day-trip tour to Laguna de Apoyo including transportation from/to Granada, free use of kayaks, drinks and various sports activities. The only thing you need to bring with you are flippers, sunscreen, a towel, and your swimming suit. Enjoy!
See lava at Masaya Volcano
Have you ever looked into the mouth of an active volcano? If you are not afraid of looking directly into the vibrant heart of mother nature then Masaya Volcano is for you! Bubbling lava, sulfur gas and basalt stones… Unforgettable! The volcano tour of Buena Tours will take you directly to the top of the volcano! For safety reasons, you will only be allowed to spend 15 minutes looking into the beast.
Now you’ve read the best things to do in Granada, you might be ready to go. The following websites can help you plan the perfect trip: