Granada… The one not in Spain

After a 14-hour bus ride, we finally reached Managua, Nicaragua. The country’s capital is not particularly safe for tourists, especially at night. Therefore, we took a taxi straight to Granada.

Granada strongly reminded me of Antigua, Guatemala. However, I have to say, I liked Granada 10xs better. The city’s own for its Spanish Baroque architecture. Granada attracts many tourists from all over the world, most of them are American or English speakers.
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The national currency is cordoba and U.S. dollars, which was a relief because I didn’t have to exchange money.

Nearby the city, tourists can visit, Lake Nicaragua/Cocibolca , or participate in a wide-range of outdoors activities including zip lining, boat tours, horseback rides, volcano tours, etc. The price of food and hostels/hotels is fair. The average hostel price ranges from $5-20/night per person, while hotels range from $50-100/night per room.

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After staying in hostel, after hostel, after hostel, I decided to treat myself and stay at Hotel Gran Francia. It was well worth every penny.

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One of my favorite things about Granada is the street life. There is so much happening on the sidewalk. A lot of restaurants will set up tables outside, where customers can dine, while watching street performers.

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The city square is full with many vendors and interesting souvenirs to take back home ( including the nipple mugs below).

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Granada gives you a little taste of everything. It has outdoor activities for the nature lovers, boutiques for the spenders, and spas for the highly pampered.

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