Islands • Nature & Wildlife Areas
Top Attractions in Granada
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- The same driver for the white carriage with 2 horses became my guide to the Isletas. It was kind of special because there were no other passengers with me. The tour was for 1 hour, fee is $30.00.
He represented that there are 365 islands in the area. He explained the story of the lake, the wealthy residents of the big houses around it , the small fortress, etc. He even volunteered to take my photos.
Highly recomended to visit this attraction!Written 4 December 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Strangely, the church was all locked up when we visited but we did manage to climb the tower. The views around the city are really good so it was certainly worth the climb.Written 1 February 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The 1345m Mombacho volcano dominates the Granada skyline. Responsible for the creation of the Islets of Granada after a massive explosion some 20000 years ago, it still steams and smokes although thankfully hasn’t erupted for many decades.
A popular day tour from Granada you can visit the Caldera of this volcano, its cloud forest, take in the surrounding views of granada and undertake one of its three hiking trails.
Logistically you have a couple of options here.
* Most hostels offer an all inclusive tour for 33USD. This includes transport to and from the hostel, the truck up the hill (See later) and a guided tour of the crater.
* You can travel here yourself. We did this. You walk to the ‘Nueva terminal de buses a Rivas’ in granada (look this up in google maps) and get one of the buses going to ‘Nandaime’ (this will be written on the front of the bus). Ask to be dropped of at ‘La Entrada de Mombacho’. It takes about half an hour to get here and it costs 10 cordoba (although we were charged 10, 12 and 13 respectively so they may make up the price a bit). This will drop you off adjacent to the round about where the entry comes off. You can monitor yourself on google maps as the bus drives. From here you can walk the relatively flat 2km or so to the entrance to Reserva Natura Volcan Mombacho or get one of the numerous tuk tuks there. We walked. Once you get to the entrance of the Mombacho volcano you’ve once again got a couple of choices. You can pay the entry fee of 5USD and walk up to the caldera (where the hiking trails start) yourself. This is a truly terrible idea. The walk has virtually no views and has inclinations of up to 45 degrees at a time. It’s truly exhausting and takes a couple of hours. Your second choice would be to pay 22USD and get the truck return. The truck leaves when it gets a certain number of people (7) or otherwise at set times (1030am was quoted). There is also a couple of private tour companies that will take you up for 22USD in their 4WD’s and give you a guide. It is worth noting that the 22USD includes the 5USD entry fee so its only 17USD.
Once at the Caldera you can chose between 3 different hiking trails.
(1) Mombacho crater trail - this 1.9km (88m elevation) trail is free and does a loop of the caldera. You are afforded some lovely views of Granada and the Islets of granada from some set miradors. You don’t need a guide for this.
(2) El Tirgillo Trail - Must be done with a guide at a cost of 17USD. It comes off the Mombacho crater trail and takes you to two additional viewpoints. It takes 2.5 hours to compete.
(3) El Puma Trail - Must be done with a guide at a cost of 17USD. This trail is 4km long and takes four hours to complete. It is the most difficult of the hikes.
The day we visited the weather wasn’t the best and this is often the case at the top of Mombacho which seems to have its own microclimate within the volcano caldera. Unfortunately we did not encounter any sloths or notable wildlife and our views were impacted by cloud. We did the crater trail. The road leading to the top had been damaged by hurricane Julia but they were in the process of repairing it.
I think on a better day the experience could’ve been better.
Overall I thought it was fairly overpriced particularly compared to other attractions in Nicuragua.
I think it’s probably worth doing but pick a day of better weather.Written 15 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We were 4 adults who each paid $25 US for a 90 minute workshop. The guide was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed this learning experience. However, another person first sat close to our group to listen, then decided to join the activities, without paying, and our guide never said anything! On the contrary, he started to include the intruder in all activities, and all tastings. I felt it quite unfair. Charge us less if you are going to let others join free.Written 7 December 2022
- Located one block away from my hotel, this was the first attraction I visited in Granada. With its size and colorful Yellow/orange facades, It can be easily seen from the distance.
The decorations are simple and at a minumum for a cathedral. I quicky said my prayers here and moved on.Written 4 December 2022
- This is one of the Catholic Churches that I visited in Granada on my first day in this city. It was the only one where I was required to wear a mask and my hands were sprayed with disenfectant.
What also distinguishes it from the other churches is the image of our Lady of Guadalupe at the upper part of the front facade. I said my prayers and took some pictures here.Written 4 December 2022
- I briefly rested here during my walk around Granada. Taking photos of my surroundings, I noted the cathedral near by, statues, vendors selling their wares, horses and their carriages, colonial buildings, Christmas decorations, etc. I enjoyed my rest here.Written 5 December 2022
- This gorgeous central plaza is possibly the most picturesque in Central America.
Featuring colonial architecture its most famous feature is the stunning Granada Cathedral (Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral Church). This alone makes it worth the visit.
Unfortunately being the epicentre of a tourist focused town this park also features a lot of tour providers hawking their tours so it isn’t a relaxing place to linger as you are constantly being approached by salemen. I would also advise against coming here at night as I did note a man getting a BJ from a lady of the night at 9pm at night while walking past.Written 15 October 2022
- This museum lays out the entire early history of the San Francisco Convent as well as Nicaragua & Granada. It is good for older children, but not your children.Written 4 October 2019
- During the day, there is not much to do here. It is a main thoroughfare from the city center to the Malecon or the area near the lake. In the evening, there are restaurans and other establishments open for business here. Have fun!Written 4 December 2022
- Good info (some in English) on the history of the peoples and cultures of this area, and when I was there, a very interesting small exhibit of contemporary art at the back.Written 15 February 2018
- If you're planning on going to Mombacho, I highly recommend booking a tour with El Tigre (Harold). He is a great guide who knows a lot about the native plants and wildlife. The hike was beautiful and it was fun learning about what we were seeing. After the hike, we got to taste their shade grown coffee and buy a couple bags to take home. We had a great time!Written 19 June 2022
- Bizarre but great show. Highly recommend to go even if just in Granada for a night or two. Trying to work out how his tricks are done and I’ve absolutely no idea.Written 6 February 2023
- A lovely place to visit in the morning. It is a non commercial project. Most important is that the butterflies get good possibilities to survive, not to show tourists around. Still this kind of project costs so just visit the place so it can survive!Written 21 February 2018
- Having visited all Catholic churches in Granada, I think rhis church is the most beautiful. Outside, Its yellow original facades have been maintained. The paintings at the celings are beautiful and colorful. The same is true of the various statutes located at the altar and side areas of this church.
Located near this church are two small parks: One is mainly for the use of the Spaniards while the other one is for the indigents/local during the colonial time. I enjoyed my visit here.Written 4 December 2022
Frequently Asked Questions about Granada
- The best day trips from Granada according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica
- Nicaragua One Day Expedition from Costa Rica
- Private -Full day tour: Granada City + Boat ride+Handicraft Market+Lava Tour
- PRIVATE Boat tour + Granada City +Masaya Volcano Night Tour
- Full-Day Discovering Nicaragua Private Guided Tour with Lunch
Granada Attractions Information
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