Yupper, 30 days in Granada, Nicaragua is plenty of time for all there is to do in the city.
One of the oldest towns in Central America, if not the oldest.
It all revolves around a listing of the city in the Crown of Aragon, and the Kingdom of Castile in Spain.
Granada was listed, other cites that were older weren’t, therefore Granada – due to this listing – is considered by some – to be the oldest city in Central America.
History’s fun stuff, ain’t it?
The following pictures are of the old hospital, one of the few buildings in town that have not been rebuilt.
It’s a neat old place, and a fun place to take pictures.
Unlike Antigua, where damaged buildings lie in ruins because of earthquakes, Granada is old buildings that have been rebuilt and that are in good shape.
The city was founded in 1524 and is Nicaragua’s 6th most populous city.
Lots of foreign influence – Irish pubs, big retirement homes, John Lennon advertising a bar along the “touristy” area that’s a big draw for visitors.
Typical foreign influence in a Latin America country.
What’s to see?
Well, there are 6 big, old churches that draw a lot of tourists – both foreign and Nicaraguan.
1) Iglesia La Merced 2) Iglesia de Xalteva 3) Guadalupe Church 4) San Francisco Church
5) Cathedral of Granada 6) Convento San Francisco
Big, old churches are in most towns “must see” lists.
And the UNESCO World heritage site, Granada, is no different.
Once you see those, there’s a small school for artists that’s kind of interesting.
I’d classify it as a sweat shop, the city is awfully hot.
But, the artistic works of the students are kind of interesting. And no, they’re not forced to do anything – it’s just God awful hot where they work!
Best place to eat in the town for breakfast is “Kathy’s Waffle House”.
Kind of funky, don’t ya think?
Kathy’s place in the middle of a Nicaraguan town. Such is life on the road!
Church’s – in Granada, Nicaragua, gotta see the church’s. It’s part of the apartment lease. You pay rent, you go take pictures of churches, put ’em on the internet.
You do that, you get all your deposit back on your lease. (No, I’m kidding – not a requirement on the lease, and there’s no police that make sure you do the “obligatory” sites :) )
But, I do, do them. (I do, doo -doo, too! But I won’t dump that on you…..:) )
Always interesting to see what mankind does for a God that walked the earth in sandals.
So, here’s what they do in Granada.
Second one up is the church at the San Francisco Convent.
This is the church at the San Francisco Convent. Big and yellow – sticks out amongst the houses!
Third one up is Iglesia La Merced, just a bit west of the town square.
This is a really odd church, tough to get a picture that does it justice.
The bell tower has either been pressure washed or redone, so it doesn’t fit with the main church.
Attached on the right is a new building, and which doesn’t go along with the old look of the main church. Interesting building though.
The next one is what’s behind the facade of the entrance.
The next church is still further east of the town square. This one is called Iglesia de Xalteva.
And lastly, the big blue — The San francisco Church. Relatively new compared to the other ones, but still a striking church.
So, for the touristy stuff, there’s also the old Granada Fort, that’s still in use – well there’s something going on behind the walls. Don’t know if it’s military or police, but somethings happening behind the walls!
It’s open for tours, that’s what’s going on! (Thank’s google search!)
Nicaraguans like big doors, and I like ’em too. Interesting the amount of work that goes into making these huge things. Must be 14 to 16 feet high!
Then, of course there’s the main town square, the steeple’s you see on the right, those belong to the Cathedral of Granada.
A visit to Granada, Nicaragua would not be complete unless you walked down “Tourist Avenue” – where the foreign bars and restaurants are at.
On Friday and Saturday nights, it’s packed.
Locals walk around selling pottery, cigs, candy – anything to make a buck or two.
A gizzilion restaurants and bars – well, maybe half a gazzilion along the street. Small cafes off of each little road that shoots of the “Tourist Avenue”, too.
Are the Beatles ever going to NOT be remembered?
Small cafe off on a side street of “Tourist Avenue” in Granada, Nicaragua.
Well, thaaaaat’s aaallllll, folks.
The booming, hopping town of Granada, Nicaragua in pictures.
It would be silly to miss Granada, if you ever come to Nicaragua.
Big ex-pat community, hookers of both sexes, artist school, lots of history, and of course Ometepe, a lone island in Lake Granada and it even has it’s own volcano.
Good town, pleasant stay but a bit too hot for me.
Second time I’ve ben here. Last time was in November, and it was still hot as the dickens.
Well, that’s to be expected in Central America, after all! LOL
Happy trails, until we meet again!