Granada was our final stop in Nicaragua, and it was a fantastically relaxing place to spend a few days chilling out. In my mind it sits somewhere between the other two famous colonial cities Central America – nowhere near as touristy and gringofied as Antigua in Guatemala, but a little bit more polished and developed than nearby Leon. It’s as beautiful as both, and contains a similar mix of beautiful churches, colourful colonial houses, the odd crumbling ruin, and a pretty, leafy central square. Like both, it’s also overlooked by the huge silhouette of a nearby volcano – the huge Volcan Mombacho. In terms of things like museums, Granada isn’t as good as Leon – but it doesn’t matter as it’s a great, and pretty safe, place to just wander round soaking up the atmosphere.
Oh, and if you’re backpacking around Granada on a budget you could do a lot worse than stay in the lovely Hostel Oasis, in a lovely colonial house in a great, central location near the market, with good rooms and a lovely little pool which is perfect for cooling off in after a hot day of sightseeing.