The charming town of Granada | Granada, Nicaragua | Other than the beauty of the natural attractions of Nicaragua, such as the Mombacho Volcano or the Lake Nicaragua, I have to say that one of my favorites was to visit the town of Granada. Know to be one of the oldest cities in America, this petite colonial town stands out to me as a must visit destination in Central America. How would I best define it, well maybe as a small version of Cusco, Peru.
Located 2 hours and 30 minutes from Guacalito de la Isla, where the MUKUL Resort is located, and/or 1 hour from Managua and the International Airport. An estimated population of 110,326, it has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture and structure.
Founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, alledgedly the first European city in mainland America. Unlike other cities that claim the same distinction, the city of Granada was not only the settlement of the conquest, but also a city registered in official records of the Crown of Aragon, and the Kingdom of Castile in Spain.
Nearby attractions are the Mombacho Volcano, the Lake Nicaragua, among many others. But a day visit or even an overnight stay in Granada would be highly recommended, if you happen to visit Nicaragua.
Where to eat !!! Well we tried El Zaguan restaurant and it was pretty good. Live local music and great local food. Only steps away from the main square. Other alternative options would be the Tranvia Restaurant.
But please do me a HUGE favor and stop by Cafe de las Sonrisas, not only is a lovely cafe but also you will be helping with a fantastic cause. This cafe supports teen with hearing problems. There you can see how they create beautiful hammocks like the one I am on.
Where to stay !!! well if you choose to stay overnight, I would recommend the Hotel Dario. Charming hotel with a colonial atmosphere, completely refurbished, in a neoclassic building of the early nineteenth century, catalogued as a building of historic interest.
But if you want the ultimate premium experience, then you will have to hold it for a while till the same owners of MUKUL Resort reopen the Casa Pellas. Not much to say right now, other that I visited the house and was presented with the project, and I already know it will be so chic and unique in terms not only of luxury but also as a local true Granada experience. I just hope they stay true to the heritage of Granada and the surround it with charm and local culture.
So now you know, if you visit Nicaragua, a stop or (my choice) an overnight at Granada is a MUST. Then you can continue to the Emerald Coast and Guacalito de la Isla to the MUKUL Resort. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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