Granada, Nicaragua Trip Report June 2013
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Granada, Nicaragua Trip Report June 2013Granada:
We took a shuttle from Leon to Granada, it was only $12 per person. From reading reviews and reports on here I had the feeling that Granada was a place that was going to be super touristy and not worth staying for a while. However it was the end of our trip and we really just felt like splurging a little and relaxing and ended up staying for almost 6 days here. I didn’t find Granada that bad. It definitely has the infrastructure for tourism, as noticed with its long road of American style restaurants, but we tried our best to steer clear of that area. I actually really like the size of the town. To be honest I found Leon to be too busy, Granada was a happy medium for me, and has lots of lovely buildings, streets and shops to keep you busy for a day or two.
Other than that we used Granada as a base and finally did some tours. We did a nature walk around Mombacho volcano. We went with Tierra Tours and our tour guide was Carlos it was $35 per person and it was just the two of us. If you ever book with them out of Granada I seriously recommend Carlos as your guide. He is passionate and very informative. He literally knew the answers to every question we had about the flora and fauna. The walk around Mombacho was really nice and it was cool to see the volcano vents and hear the howling monkeys while learning about the different flora and fauna. On the way up we visited the coffee plantation and got to try some of the coffee. I would never drink black coffee before but after tasting this coffee I can safely say that I would reconsider that decision, it was delicious. You are able to buy coffee from the store near by. You can also just show up and get a ride up the volcano from the parks guides, there are certain times that their vehicle goes up.
The next day, we went to Masaya Volcano, Masaya market, Catalina, as well as a pottery workshop. Again, you could easily do this all on your own without having to book a tour, it was $28 per person. By this point in our trip we really just wanted someone else to figure out all the logistics for us. Masaya was cool. The market in Masaya had all the same stuff at every stall. To be honest I think it was a waste of time, the view at Catalina was pretty, that’s about it. The pottery workshop was awesome. And if you want to buy some pottery you might as well just buy it from the source for a cheaper price and way more selection.
We went to the museum at the San Fancisco church. It houses a bunch of statues from Zapatera Island. They were really good. We had a tour guide who spoke English. The tour is about 20 minutes, and worth it. It was only around a dollar per person for entry.
Accomodation: Casa Capricho $55/night for the larger rooms if you stay for 5 or more nights it is only $50. The smaller rooms are $50.
We had a two story room looking over the pool and garden. It had air-conditioning and hot water and included breakfast as well. The breakfasts were different every day and were very filling and delicious. You would also get homemade fruit juice and coffee. There is wifi and a computer for you to use as well. We really felt like splurging on the last part of our trip and this was the perfect choice. It is nice and quiet as well, and I cant say enough on how delicious the breakfasts were. The front desk staff were very helpful as well.
Food: Granada, because we had filling breakfasts everymorning at Casa Capricho we really only ever had to go out for dinner or get some snacks, which allowed up to spend extra money on drinks and food!
RoadHouse – it is on the main drag of resatuarants. We had the fettuccini and chicken club sandwich. The Fettuccini was terrible and the sandwich sub par and prices were around $6-10.
Garden Café – Aaron loved this place. He seriously would have eaten there for every meal every day if I allowed him too. The prices are really good and the portions are large. The curry chicken it to die for and highly recommended. The pesto chicken sandwich could have been a lot better. I think if they toasted the bread the pesto would have melted and maybe infused the flavours a little better.
Bruschetta was good and a nice to share. They make really good chocolate milk too.
Imagine – overpriced. I had a $7 mojito. It was very good, but $7 is a lot. The place seemed empty all the time too, probably because things were so over priced. The location is right across from Garden Café where you can get a Tona for a dollar and then Imagine charges $2 for the same beer. No sense. The owner makes homemade mango bread, I had the dessert, it was around 200 cords. The bread is good. He sells loaves of it for $12….i have never seen bread that expensive so hopefully it’s a healthy portion?
El Zaguan – apparently this place is the best restaurant in Granada. Prices are between 200-350 cords. I had their steak, I asked for it to be medium rare, it was more medium when I got it. Dinners come with salad and rice as well.
La Hacienda – cheap food. Couple dollars for two tacos. Tastes are subpar but if you want cheap this place has it.
Tercer Ojo – Fusion cuisine. We just ordered a whole crap load of appetizers.
Gazpacho is fresh but you get a lot when you order it, $4. Bowl of olives, aaron loves olives, are $5. Smoked Salmon Carpaccio was $11. VERY GOOD. Mussles in white wine sauce were $8. They were my favourite out of all the options. You also got some delicious bread which you could use to soak up the wine sauce. They have two for one mojitos here in the evening.
O’sheas Irish pub – it claimed to have the best fish and chips so I had to try it. The sign is right. Super fresh tasting and the batter is perfect. It was only $120 cords as well. And to top it off they have two for one drinks. Rum and coke was only $40 for two!
Restaurant to the left of the cathedral at the park when you are facing the park – we had a ‘buffet’ dinner there. Plate of food was 70 cords and it was full of rice, beans, veggies and which ever meat you choose. I got the chicken curry. So good.
I just wanted to say thanks for all the posters on the TT forum as I was able to get lots of information and advice from all of you!
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