Granada Journals

Granada, Nicaragua - The Great Sultan of the Great Lake

Best of IgoUgo

A June 2009 trip to Granada by RoBoNC

City Market Photo, Granada, Nicaragua More Photos
Quote: Granada founded 1524 is the oldest city in the Americas. Although it is Nicaragua's fourth largest city, it is the heart and soul of Nicaragua. More tourists visit this city than perhaps any other. It has a rich history offering tourists great restuarants, volcano hiking and tours of Lake Nicaragua.
City Market Photo, Granada, Nicaragua
Quote:
Granada is Nicaragua’s fourth largest city and perhaps it’s most treasured. The city was founded on December 8, 1524 by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, making it the oldest city in the Americas. The city still maintains that cultural and historical feel as evident by the numerous cathedrals that seem virtually untouched since their conception. Granada has been one of the most important cities in Nicaragua, historically and politically. For decades, Granada and Leon fought as to who would claim the title of Nicaragua’s most important city. Finally during the mid 1800’s, a compromise was reached relocating the capital in Managua. Granada today is perhaps the top tourist destination in ...Read More

Exploring Granada by Horse Carriage

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Carriage Ride Photo, Granada, Nicaragua
Quote:
Since driving in Granada is not necessary and a taxi ride is not practical unless you just want to go from Point A to Point B, try a carriage ride instead. Surrounding Central Park on all sides are horse carriages and their operators vying your money. Carriage rides can last from 30 minutes to an hour. They can be shorter or longer than that depending on where you want to go and what you want to see. The price is always negotiable. We took a quick twenty minute carriage ride for about ten dollars including the tip. We started down Calle la Calzada, a cobblestone street with restaurants and old colonial homes on either side. There are plans to make the street a pedestrian only street...Read More

A Unique Shopping Experience in Masaya

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Quote:
If you were wondering where you can get black pottery, hand-woven hammocks, world class cigars, and any other souvenir that you can think of, then Masaya is the place to go. Masaya is Nicaragua’s capital of shopping. Masaya is located about 55 miles from Granada as well as Managua making this an excellent day trip from either city. Located in the center of the city is the Mercado Viejo or the Old Market. Nicaraguans refer to it as the Mercado Nacional de Artesania. The market occupies one city block within Masaya and it is easily identifiable by the Gothic looking structure. The building looks more like a fortress than anything. It was originally built in 1891 and after it was destr...Read More

Jimmy "Three FIngers" Alabama Rib Shack Bar and Grill

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Southern Cuisine in Central America"

Jimmy
Quote:
As someone who has grown up in the South most of my life, there are a few things that I am accustomed to when it comes to food. And after five days in Nicaragua, we have feasted on rice and beans, carne asada (very cheap), plantains and fried cheese. But sometimes eating the local fare is not enough, and you grave those foods that remind you of home. Granada is one of those cities that cater to all tourists from all over the world. They have pizza restaurants, Irish pubs, some French bistros and the occasional Chinese restaurant. Granada is filled with tourists and it seemed like most of them were all Europeans so it is understandable that the city would have a wide array of different restaurants...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2009

Jimmy "Three FIngers" Alabama Rib Shack Bar and Grill
206 Calle Consulado, 2 1/2 blocks west of Parque Central
Granada, Nicaragua

La Gran Francia

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Fabulous Hotel in the Heart of Granada"

La Gran Francia Photo, Granada, Nicaragua
Quote:
When we set out on this trip to Nicaragua, we had originally intended to visit two or three different countries, but rental car problems forced us to stay in the country the entire ten days. I also planned to stay only in American owned hotels such as the Crowne Plaza or Best Western. Since those types of hotels are only found in Managua, we had to venture out and stay in local hotels. I was unsure how Nicaraguan standards compared to American standards; however, I was pleasantly surprised when we checked into the La Gran Francia. The La Gran Francia is located near Central Park in Granada. The building that houses the La Gran Francia is one of the oldest in Granada and dates back to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2009

La Gran Francia
Esquina Sureste del Parque Central
Granada, Nicaragua
505) 2552-6002