San Francisco Convent (Iglesia de San Francisco) Tours

The San Francisco Convent is both an active Catholic church and a museum with historic photographs, culturally important paintings, and statues from the Zapatera Island archaeological site on Lake Nicaragua. With a history dating back to 1529, it's among the oldest churches in Nicaragua and remains one of Granada’s most memorable sights.

The Basics
Thanks to its central location, the San Francisco Convent (Convento San Francisco) is an easy-to-visit Granada landmark. Climb the stairs leading up to the church for a view of the local street scene, snap photos in front of the elegant cream and garnet facade, or pay a small entry fee to check out the church’s interior and attached museum. To hear the whole history behind the church—which includes multiple fires and pirate attacks—go as part of a Granada sightseeing tour; some even include round-trip transit from Managua. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The San Francisco Convent is a must for art and history lovers. 
  • This attraction is not wheelchair accessible. 
  • Plan to spend less than an hour visiting.
  • If short on time, you can visit on a day trip from Managua.

How to Get There
The San Francisco Convent and Museum is located on Calle Cervantes, just a few blocks from Granada’s central plaza. Plan to walk or grab one of the city’s plentiful taxis.

When to Get There
The convent is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm and on weekends from 9am to 4pm. Keep in mind that this is an active church with regular services, too.

A History of Survival
The San Francisco Convent has survived pirate raids, fires, and William Walker's infamous 1856 siege of Granada. Though the convent has been rebuilt a few times, it has always stood on the same site.
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Address: Granada, Nicaragua
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3-Hour Walking Tour of Granada

Get a comprehensive overview of Granada from the ground up on this 3-hour walking tour, including a ride on a horse-drawn carriage. Get views of the city from the top of the belltower at Iglesia La Merced, visit the Convent of San Francisco, and stop by La Casa de Los Tres Mundos, an art gallery and cultural academy. All entrance fees and round-trip hotel transportation are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Granada City Tour and Boat Tour in Lake Nicaragua

Check off all of Granada's most popular attractions with this city tour and boat tour of Lake Nicaragua. During this 6-hour excursion, visit the colonial city's highlights in a horse drawn carriage, then head out on Lake Nicaragua to explore the more than 300 tiny islands. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Granada and San Francisco Convent Tour from Managua

Delve into the architectural beauty of Granada on a private full-day walking tour of the colonial city from Managua. Alongside a personal guide, you’ll explore the 16th-century Convent and Museum of San Francisco and learn of the building’s fascinating history. Then, ascend to the top of Iglesia de la Merced’s bell tower to absorb views of Mombacho Volcano and walk through the immaculate courtyard of Fortaleza La Polvora. Throughout this private tour, you’ll listen to history-rich commentary and receive undivided attention from your guide.
  • Duration: Flexible
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