3 Reasons Tourists Love Granada:

Granada is more than just a colonial town.

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PHOTO MAURA LEWANDOWSKI

Granada, Nicaragua has had a long political and cultural history, and even spent a brief stint as the nation’s capital.  In present day Nicaragua, the city is flooded with tourists from all over the world.  I recently visited Granada for the International Poetry Festival (which ran from February 17th-24th) and fell in love with the city. When you find yourself visiting Granada, be sure to do these three things:

1. Restaurant hop ‘til you drop.

Through the years, Granada has become increasingly inundated with tourists from America and Europe. Luckily for your stomach, the tourists’ love of Granada brought a lot of different restaurants and bars to the city.  You’ll love the opportunity to sit outside and people watch as you munch on pizza, fajitas, or almost any type of food you might crave. Granada is a great city to explore on foot, so be sure to walk around and check out the many restaurant options, or take a stroll down to Lake Managua for a tranquil view.

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2. Try vigoron

In the main square in Granada, right outside of the beautiful orange and white Cathedral, you will find four kiosks that sell Granada’s famous vigoron. Vigoron is a great lunch dish that includes cooked yucca, chichuron (deep fried pig skin), and ensalada (a vinegar-y cabbage salad). I recommend enjoying your vigoron with one of the many refrescos (fruit juices) that the kiosks offer; I prefer jamaica juice!

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3. Take in the sights and colors. 

One of the first things you will notice in Granada is that the buildings in the center of town are built in a traditionally colonial style. Each building is brightly colored and includes a tejado roof and tall ceilings. For one of the best views of the city, climb the bell tower of La Merced church and enjoy the panoramic view of Granada. You will be able to see the beautiful array of colors on the facades, and the Mombacho volcano makes a great backdrop for the city.

Granada must be on your list of places to visit during your next trip to Central America. It is about a forty-minute bus (or taxi ride) from Managua, and is a great day trip or home base for the rest of your Nicaraguan vacation.

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Maura Lewandowski

Maura is from Pittsburgh, PA and loved visiting Lisbon. When it comes to traveling, she's a planner. She does research before she arrives at the destination and makes sure she can fit in as much as possible.

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