Central America’s capital cities tend to be overcrowded and somewhat charmless, and Granada is another example of a colonial town that ends up being the primary tourist hub as a result. About 40 kilometers south of Managua International Airport, Granada is often the first stop visitors make in this country, often before they head to Leon, which is its colonial rival a bit to the north.
Granada has a fascinating history and still has wonderful Colonial architecture that helps tell the story. Hotels here are surprisingly expensive for Central America, at least in that there are very few cheap options that you’d expect to find in a town like this. The good news is that quality is also generally high, so if you can afford a hotel at least it won’t feel like you are getting ripped off.
Food and drink prices are refreshingly cheap, however, and much more in line with what you’ll be paying all over Central America.