With its colorfully painted buildings, cobblestone streets, and Spanish colonial architecture, Granada is a picturesque town that wears its history on its streets.
With volcanoes, massive lakes, rainforests, beaches, and Spanish colonial cities with old-world charm, Nicaragua has all the ingredients to become a travel hotspot. In the meantime, it's a destination that's also very friendly on the wallet.
Parque Central is a hustling, bustling center of town. As in so many Spanish colonial towns, the park forms the heart of a grid that radiates out through the city's streets.
Behind the run-down facade of Iglesia de la Merced is one of the most important churches in Granada. And its clock tower offers the best view of the city.
La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora isn't the grandest or most famous of Granada's churches. But it makes a credible claim to be the most beautiful.
The distinctive yellow and white Granada Cathedral dominates the city's skyline and is Granada's most important of the city's several churches.
Historic and pretty Granada is on Lake Nicaragua (Lago Nicaragua), but the lakefront isn't all it could be.
Granada's market is especially good. It's large and colorful, pungent and bustling. And it's the only show in town, so everything is concentrated here.
Behind that impressive facade, standing above most of the city of Granada, is the city's main museum. Its exhibits are rather eclectic, but many of them relate in some way to the history of Granada and the nearby region.
Granada's city cemetery is Nicaragua's oldest. And because of Granada's historical significance, the cemetery is unusually beautiful and ornate.