With an estimated population of 123,697 (2012), Granada is Nicaragua’s sixth most populous city. Granada is historically one of Nicaragua’s most important cities, economically and politically. It has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture and structure.
Granada was founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, ostensibly the first European city in mainland America. Unlike other cities that claim the same distinction, the city of Granada was not only the settlement of the conquest, but also a city registered in official records of the Crown of Aragon, and the Kingdom of Castile in Spain.
Granada is a beautiful Spanish Colonial City on the shores of Lake Nicaragua less than an hour south of Managua. Beautiful churches, lively local markets, a thriving restaurant scene and a tour of as Isletas make this a must see destination for anyone coming to Nicaragua.
It is also close to Laguno de Apoyo, a picturesque crater lake and Mombacho a rain forest preserve with short hikes at the top and a coffee farm you pass thru on the way up.