Granada is one of those cities that when you arrive, the camera is the first thing you reach for in hopes of creating your own picturesque postcard. It’s colorful, vibrant, and has an infectious small town vibe. It’s home to multiple beautiful Spanish colonial landmarks and Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción).
Granada was discovered in 1524 by the Spanish conqueror Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba which makes it one of the oldest colonial settlements in Central America. It was nicknamed ‘The Great Sultan’ in honor of it’s Moorish namesake in Spain. Granada’s position on the Lago de Nicaragua made it a trade center almost from it’s inception. This made Granada a powerhouse when it came to trade but also a target for pirates who attacked the city three times from 1665-1670. Unfazed, Granada grew richer and more powerful while retaining it’s beauty and architectural masterpieces to this day.
It’s one of the more touristy locations in Nicaragua – but in a good way. It’s a town that shouldn’t be passed up and should be enjoyed by everyone. Below are some tips on how to enjoy your time while in Granada.
The final picture captures it perfectly. Don’t be silly and book your next trip to Granada. And cheers always from the Baja Llama family!