We had heard great things about Granada, but to be honest we were both a little disappointed. We had come from Leon, a city which felt much authentic than Granada. Additionally, we think we had been spoilt by the numerous and stunning colonial cities that we had experienced in Mexico. It somehow felt as though Granada was trying too hard to please the tourists rather than being itself. Having said that, there are lots of adventurous attractions just outside the city and we enjoyed trying the many restaurants. Join us in exploring Granada, Nicaragua.
La Calzada – Restaurant Row
The main drag of the city, La Calzada, was brimming with bars and restaurants – there was even an Irish pub. One of our favourites things about Granada was the food. We enjoyed many of the restaurants but particularly The Garden Café and Café de los Suenos. Both had attractive décor, a welcoming atmosphere and served superb food.
Cafe de las Sonrisas
We also visited Café de las Sonrisas which is run by deaf staff – the menu had pictures on it and we simply pointed to our choices. There were sign language symbols on the wall and a resident bunny hopping around the courtyard. What is more, all the proceeds go directly to people with disabilities. It’s a worthy cause to support if you ever find yourself in Granada.
Lakes, Lagoons and Volcanoes
We strolled through the backstreets seeking a more authentic perspective of Granada and visited the city cemetery, where there were a wealth of impressive statues and mausoleums. There are also some great places to visit near Granada including Apoyo Lagoon, Masaya Volcano and the islets of Lake Nicaragua. Plenty of shops line the streets offering tours to outlying areas.
Granada’s cathedral dominates the central park and is the most visited tourist attraction in the city. It’s a striking building and the acoustics are amazing. Several times we heard the ethereal sound of singing drifting out onto the plaza.
Our Accommodation in Granada
We stayed at the 5-star Hotel Dario to start with as we managed to get an excellent deal. A couple of days later, we moved to Hotel Kekoldi, a cute little place with some quirky and artistic features. Whilst in Granada, we booked our Tica bus to San Jose in Costa Rica. We had wanted to visit Costa Rica for many years and were excited to finally be on our way to the land of sloth!