Colonial Buildings

Iglesia La Merced Granada's most beautiful church offers spectacular sunset views from the bell tower.

Casa de los Leones A reconstruction of the elegant 18th-century original hosts all manner of events.

Convento y Museo San Francisco Walking through the gorgeous cloisters lets you delve into Nicaragua's pre-Columbian culture.

Iglesia de Xalteva This attractive peach-and-white church is home to La Virgen de la Asunción.

Outdoor Adventure

Volcán Masaya Heading up to the crater after dark lets you watch the fiery play of lava.

Volcán Mombacho Walking trails run through cloud forest, alive with monkeys and birdlife.

Isletas de Granada Kayaking among the islands at dawn, spotting herons and communing with fishermen.

Reserva Natural Laguna de Apoyo Swimming in some of Nicaragua's clearest waters in the crater of an extinct volcano.

Livit Water Going stand-up paddleboarding among the islands or in a volcanic crater lake is an unforgettable experience.

Boutique Hotels

Isleta El Espino Secluded ecolodge on a tiny private island, with gourmet food, luxurious rooms and killer views of Volcán Mombacho.

Mansión de Chocolate Chocolate-themed hotel in an elegant colonial mansion, complete with chocolate museum and tours revolving around the sacred bean.

Jicaro Island Lodge This island retreat allows you to relax in breezy casitas and take to the waters of Lake Nicaragua on SUPs and kayaks.

Hotel Boutique Adela Romancing your significant other has never been easier: this stunning 19th-century mansion provides the ideal setting and sumptuous suites.

Casa Xanadu With vaulted ceilings and a handful of individually styled rooms, this boutique hotel occupies one of Granada's most striking colonial mansions.

Food

Espressonista Imaginative French-influenced fusion, a characterful interior and some of the best coffee in town.

Pita Pita Italy meets the Middle East at this bustling nighttime favorite.

Miss Dell's Kitchen The jazz and candlelight put diners in the mood, while each of the dishes on the short menu thrills the palate.

Bocadillos Tapas Kitchen & Bar Whether you're looking for original cocktails or globally inspired tapas, this place is sure to satisfy.