Granada also remains very much a Nicaraguan city – one full of history, spirit and indomitable good character. Beyond its fine restaurant scene and disarming aesthetic charms, you’ll find scores of outdoor attractions to entice you. The expansive waters of Central America’s largest fresh water lake, Lake Nicaragua (or Lago Cocibolca, as it’s known locally), are home to hundreds of scattered isles and enclaves, many of them occupied by lost-in-time fishing communities. Some of them, like Isla Zapatera, contain striking evidence of ancient inhabitation. Then there’s Volcan Mombacho, looming darkly to the south. This is Nicaragua’s best-managed wildlife reserve, boasting well-tended trails, commanding views, diverse flora and fauna, and, for those seeking adrenalin-charged encounters with the arboreal canopy, high-speed zip-lines.
Today, Granada has earned its place as a major tourist hub. Weary travellers will delight in the city’s well-developed infrastructure, its reputable hotels and restaurants, and its abundance of helpful tour operators.