Insider's Guide to Granada

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Lake Nicaragua (Lake Cocibolca)

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Nicaragua’s largest lake goes by many names: Lake Nicaragua, Lake Cocibolca, Lake Granada and even “Mar Dulce,” or “Sweet Sea.” The official name is Lake Nicaragua, but since it’s right next to the ...  Read more

Islets of Granada (Las Isletas de Granada)

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The city of Granada sits on Lake Nicaragua, which is an understandably popular draw for both locals and tourists. One of the most interesting things to do during a visit to Lake Nicaragua is to ...  Read more

Fortaleza La Polvora

The five towers of the Fortaleza La Polvora once served as the lookout posts of this Spanish fort, but today visitors make the most of the excellent views for photo opportunities rather than scouting ...  Read more

Iglesia de la Merced

There are several churches in Granada to visit, but the Iglesia de la Merced (not far from Central Park) is noted by many as the city's most beautiful. The church on this site dates from the early ...  Read more

Mi Museo

One of Granada's newest entries to the museum scene is Mi Museo, a privately owned collection of more than 5,000 ceramic artifacts from Pre-Columbian Nicaragua - some of which even date back to 2000 ...  Read more

Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve

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Just south of the city of Granada lies the Mombacho Volcano. It's an active volcano, but it hasn’t erupted since the 16th century, which means rather than being a source of dread it’s a popular spot ...  Read more

Ometepe Island (Isla de Ometepe)

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The largest island in Lake Nicaragua is Ometepe Island (La Isla de Ometepe), a two-four hour boat ride from Granada. The island is shaped like a figure-eight, and the name "Ometepe" means two ...  Read more

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