Granada was founded in 1524 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba. It is one of the oldest cities in the Americas. Its’ strategic location on the shores of Lake Nicaragua made it an important commercial center during colonial and post-colonial times. It is also turned it into a constant target of famous pirates such as Henry Morgan. Between 1655 and 1670, pirates sacked the city three times. After independence, Granada became headquarters of the conservative forces who were vying for control of the country against their liberal rivals, based in Leon. In the 1850s, the city was torched by American mercenary William Walker, hired by their Liberal rivals, who at the time was beating a hasty retreat after a string of defeats by a combined Central American force.
The city still retains an almost regal beauty, along with a laid back attitude of locals, travelers and ex pats who have moved into the city. It also has the advantage of having many of the amenities found in Managua without the noise, pollution and traffic. Its close proximity to Managua and many beautiful spots (Apoyo, Mombacho, Catarina, etc…) has made it into a home base for many travelers of the country.
- Round trip transport from airport to hotel in Granada.
- Two nights lodging in hotel of your choice (breakfast included).
- Bilingual tour of the city along museums and the well-known “La Calzada” street.