Granada drips with photogenic elegance, a picture postcard at every turn. It’s no wonder many travelers use the city as a base, spending at least a day bopping along cobblestone roads from church to church in the city center, then venturing out into the countryside for trips to nearby attractions.
Just out of town half-day adventures take you to an evocative archipelago waterworld at Las Isletas and fun beaches at the Peninsula de Asese. Volcán Mombacho has walking trails, a canopy tour and a butterfly sanctuary, not to mention a few hot springs dotted around its foothills.
Culturally curious travelers may consider a trip to community tourism operations in nearby villages like Nicaragua Libre, or out to Parque Nacional Archipiélago Zapatera, home to one of the most impressive collections of petroglyphs and statues in the country. Also worth your time is a trip to Reserva Silvestre Privada Domitila, a dry tropical forest home to birds, monkeys and butterflies.