We are now back from Corn Island and we just arrive in Granada located on the shore of Lake Nicaragua.
Just facing her are La Concepcion and La Madera volcanos that form Ometepe Island where we plan to go in a few days.
We still have no news of our credit card, it means so it is still not arrived in San Jose… Maybe we will have to continue our journey without it and use our australian credit card which means a lot of fees as we pay and withdraw money overseas.
In Granada, we stay at an excellent backpacker called “Backyard Backpacker”. We recommend it to anyone who wants a place to rest, meet people, or relax in the pool or at the bar. The owners are Canadian and are very cool.
Granada is the colonial city by default in Nicaragua. The style is not pure Castilan but a mix of Moorish and Andalusian influence as opposed to her rival sister Leon. Obvioulsy one thing you cannot miss is to spend a good day walking within the historical center… The weather is warm during the whole year, so take your time. For lunch you can either go to the gringo restaurants on Calzada street or walk a few steps north where you will find more authentic restaurants. As any colonial city, there is not one church but many… Granada Cathedral, San Francisco Church, Xalteva church, etc…
When you walk in Granada, you will notice the colorful house facade. A patchwork that you can’t miss.. As you walk away from the touristic center, you will see how people live there… They setup their rocking-chair on the pavement, and as soon as the night falls, put a table & a BBQ and start cooking meat and fried & sliced bananas they will sell for dinner.
Obviously, we went to try it and it was quite good. For three time less the price of a restaurant, you have some good local food.
We taste the local beer, La Tona and visit as usually the local market where we have lunch.
From Granada, our next stop is Ometepe Island located on the middle of Lake Nicaragua, but this will be another post on Jacquesandcaro.me.
Blog you soon,