Granada was founded in 1524 and is the oldest city in the New World as well as being Nicaragua's most photogenic. It is a colourful colonial town full of character, with a number of fine churches and makes a great place to base yourself to explore the near-by sights.
The vast Lake Nicaragua is known for its freshwater sharks and 354 small isletas. Ometepe Island was formed by two volcanoes, Concepcion and Madera, rising up in the waters of the lake. Life on Ometepe revolves around the volcanoes and they play a dominant role in the myths and legends of its people. There is diverse flora and fauna and the history, as revealed by archaeological excavations, is fascinating.
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Finca San Juan de la IslaLodge/Hosteria - Ometepe IslandA restored, colonial hacienda with 160 acres of private land inside the Finca San Juan, a tropical fruit tree plantation surrounded by precious wood trees and rare wildlife, on Santo Domingo beach. The main house has a lovely terrace with hammocks, tables and chairs and wonderful views of both Madras and Concepción volcanoes. There is a bar, informal dining area and sitting room with a selection of books, games and a television. The gardens are well kept with many tropical plants, attracting a variety of birdlife and butterflies.
Hotel Plaza ColónCity hotel - GranadaOn the main square in the heart of Granada, this beautiful and historic building is now a comfortable and smart hotel.
Jicaro Island EcolodgeLodge/Hosteria - GranadaAn island retreat on Lake Nicaragua, just 20 minutes by speedboat from Granada. There is a very pretty pool, several areas in which to relax in the shade and an open air restaurant overlooking the lake with views to the Mombacho volcano. There is a small beach of imported sand but nowhere on the island to walk.
Los PatiosCity hotel - GranadaA delightful, small boutique hotel in a restored colonial house about a 10 minute walk from the central plaza and in a quiet, residential street. The rooms and spacious communal areas are set around several patios with comfy seating and hammocks. There is a lovely outdoor pool, a TV room, an outdoor chess set and an honesty bar. Breakfast is included, snacks are available at other times of day and there are many restaurants within walking distance.