Granada, a Colonial Masterpiece

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Nicaragua boasts an array of architectural styles varying from the modest rural homes in the farmlands, to striking modern buildings with lush palm trees in the newer cities. However, the most famous architectural style can be found in Granada, where the faded city walls reminds us of a more opulent time when high class Spaniards ruled the streets.

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A beautiful example of Central American colonial style, Granada proudly displays the faded grandeur of the past with a vibrant color all its own. Established in 1524 by the Spaniard Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, the oldest colonial city on mainland America and often considered the prettiest, is just a 15 minute boat ride from Jicaro Island.

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Take a tour with us to its bustling markets and historic civic buildings, a large contrast to the tranquility of Jicaro Ecolodge! Our guide will take you into the past to learn about all the issues that involved Granada’s development since the pre-Columbian period. You will hear stories about real pirates and their adventures and also civil war stories that tell of the city being burned to ashes, sacked and destroyed several times. Our guides will take you to relevant sites and colonial buildings as well as the San Francisco Museum, which preserves some of the most interesting indigenous ceramic and statue collections. Other stops along the tour include La Pólvora Fortress, Las Mercedes Church, Municipal Market, and Central park.


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The Spanish colonial style seen in Granada also dominates cities such as Leon and new construction often tries to maintain the allure and grandeur of their historical neighbors. Admiring the architectural heritage is becoming more popular among tourists and there are several architectural tours available for a more in-depth look at the city’s history. A leisurely stroll down the cobbled streets and iron railed walk-ways is sure to transport you to a time of bygone era and make a great photo opportunity!

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