Lakeside Colonial Grandeur
Its cobblestone streets are lined with striking homes, stunning churches, art galleries, museums, and cafes.
Bordering Lake Nicaragua, the city of Granada is known for its beautifully preserved colonial architecture, including a carefully restored cathedral and a picturesque plaza. Its cobblestone streets are lined with striking homes, stunning churches, art galleries, museums, and cafes. There’s a lively restaurant scene, with options including international fusion and more local fare. Just off Granada’s shores sit a smattering of small islands that were formed by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. “Las Isletas,” as they’re called by the locals, vary in size and purpose: Some are privately owned while others welcome visitors with restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, and other attractions. A simple kayak trip is a great way to explore the small isles. Beyond Granada and Las Isletas, there are plenty of other area sights to see: Bike out to the pristine beaches on Peninsula de Asese, hike Mombacho Volcano, get the adrenaline pumping on a canopy tour, or visit a traditional Nicaraguan village.