After my trip to Costa Rica last year, I knew that I’d soon visit its northern neighbor. I had heard great things about Nicaragua from one of my guides in Tamarindo and started thinking about a visit months before I planned it. One thing that attracted me to Granada, Nicaragua, in particular, was the notion of fewer tourists than some other Latin American cities. Yes, I am a tourist, and I have nothing against mingling with other tourists, but I do love traveling to places that are a little more under the radar.
The tourist numbers, however, are steadily climbing in Granada and will continue to grow. Know that traveling in Nicaragua is not like traveling to the least visited Latin American countries like Suriname or Bolivia. That said, there’s a lower number of international visitors in Granada and Nicaragua as a whole than in Costa Rica.
Why visit Granada? Granada, Nicaragua is a strikingly beautiful colonial city with welcoming locals, fantastic food, and a plethora of outdoor activities nearby for nature lovers. That means you won’t run out of things to see, do, or eat in the city or outside. Plus, because of its location, day trips to other towns are easy, making Granada an excellent base for getting around the southwestern section of the country.
I hope the pictures in this post transport you to Granada as well as the countryside that surrounds it. Here are 19 photos that will (hopefully) inspire you to travel to Granada, Nicaragua.