Horse drawn carriage: You can take a tour in the horse drawn carriages parked in front of the Hotel. You have 3 options of tours: a) 2 hours for US $30; you will be taken to all the churches in Granada and historic places like La Polvora Fortress and the convent and Museum of San Francisco; b) 1 hour for US $20; you will get to see the oldest house in Granada “El Recodo”, the old hospital San Juan de Dios and the cemetery; c) ½ hour for US $10; you will get to see the pedestrian street “La Calzada”, the church by the lake “Guadalupe” and the Malecon of Granada. Up to 6 people per carriage; available from 9AM through 6PM everyday.
La Calzada: This pedestrian street is full of bars and restaurants. It is where the night begins in the city. Performances by break dancers, fire dancers and “La Gigantona y el Enano Cabezon” (the tall lady and the big headed midget) happen every night. Also expect many duos and mariachis.
Museum and Convent of San Francisco: The museum is located in a building that used to be the convent of the Franciscan monks. Here you can find a collection of pre-Columbian statues from Zapatera Island, paintings, photographs and historical objects. There are some permanent exhibitions in the halls. The entrance fee is U$2.00; you will be accompanied by a bilingual guide. Open weekdays: 8:30AM – 5:30PM, weekends: 9AM – 4PM.
La Polvora Fortress: This fortress was built to store gunpowder back in the 18th century, hence its name. Later on it was also used as a prison. You can climb one of the turrets for a nice view of Granada.
La Merced church tower: From this tower you can get the best panoramic view of Granada; the roof tiles, colonial houses with internal courtyards and the different churches. The entrance fee to the tower is US $1.00; open everyday: 6AM – 5PM.
Boat Ride through Las Isletas: You can get to Cabana Amarilla or Port Asese in Lake Nicaragua and take one of the boats. They offer half hour and one hour tours. You will have the chance to admire the beauty of these little islands with their exuberant vegetation. Some of the wealthiest Nicaraguan families have bought some islands and built their vacation houses. There are approximately 365 isletas “one for each day of the year” and they were formed by an explosion of Mombacho Volcano.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge: Planning on visiting the Isletas de Granada? Why not stay on a secluded island getaway a short 20 minute boat ride from town. Jicaro Island Ecolodge is located on an isleta in Lake Nicaragua boasting nine private casitas that serve as the setting for a romantica escape filled with peace, tranquility and relaxation. Morning yoga on floating decks and birding are two favorite activities. There is also easy access to a wide variety of activities off the island ranging from kayaking and hiking to zip-lining on volcanoes, bathing in hot springs and exploring colonial trasures. The culinary experience is focused on local ingredients prepared in a creative and healthy way in an open kitchen concept. www.jicarolodge.com, Tel: (505) 2552-6353
Masaya Volcano & Handicrafts Market: This can be a day or night excursion. Nighttime excursion requires a previous reservation on the Reserva Volcan Masaya. There is direct access to the volcano’s main crater, trails, caves and viewpoints. You can visit the Center of Natural History of Nicaragua. This excursion is a MUST while in Granada. Before or after your visit to the volcano, stop at the Masaya Handicrafts Market, here you can find handicrafts from all over Nicaragua that make for great souvenirs.
Mombacho Volcano: The creator of Las Isletas. There is a cloud forest on top of this volcano, with trails, amazing views of the city of Granada, the Lake, Las Isletas and Apoyo Lagoon. There is a coffee farm and a zip line tours on the way up, and a Biological station on top. A light jacket is recommended for this excursion since the volcano is 1,345mts. High and the winds are strong.
The White Towns: These little towns are located 20 minutes away from Granada; you can find the nursery town of Catarina, offering a wide variety of flowers and plants with a breathtaking view of Apoyo Lagoon and Mombacho Volcano. San Juan de Oriente’s fine pottery is a good place to buy souvenirs to take home; you can also visit Diria and Diriomo, known as the Witch towns since many locals are practitioners of witchcraft, natural medicine, tarot reading and other crafts related to the “occult”. Both towns are also known for the quality of their cajetas (typical Nicaraguan sweets).
Golf: You can golf at Nejapa Country Club, 40 minutes away from Granada. If you would like more information about this activity please message the Concierge.
Parque Aventuras Las Nubes: Located on the Continental Divide of the Americas, on top of a mountain at the highest point of San Juan del Sur, Parque de Aventuras Las Nubes offers the best views to the Nicaraguan Pacific Beaches also known as the Nicaragua´s Emerald Coast and also incredible views to the Volcanoes and Islands of Lake Nicaragua. From the comfort of our 2 Elevated Viewing Decks, you can enjoy the spectacular sceneries and the best bird watching sites in the area. Spider Monkeys, White Faced Capuchin monkeys, Howler monkeys, Toucans and Hawks abound on the mountain tropical forest. Surrounded by a tropical forest, you can spend the day sitting on our hammock chairs and bamboo swings and listening to the sounds of the wildlife. Parque Aventuras Las Nubes.