Published on January 15th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN GRANADA
Granada, NIcaragua | Photo courtesy of Adalberto H. Vega, Flickr
Who needs to go all the way to Spain when you could go all the way to Granada instead? Named about the Spanish city of Granada, the Nicaraguan version doesn’t disappoint. A true tough cookie of a town, Granada has withstood invasions from the Dutch, French and the English, as well as numerous packs of pirates. It’s even endured being burned to the ground by an American general. With a backstory like that, you’ve got no choice but to respect feisty Granada!
8am Shake off early morning blues by hitting Kathy’s Waffle House for pancakes, waffles, coffee and/or a traditional Nicaraguan brekkie (eggs, beans, cheese, rice and corn tortillas)
9am Look, there’s no easy way to break this to you… you’re going to have a chocolate massage today! Head to the ChocoMuseo where you can learn about local chocolate production, get your hands dirty in a chocolate-making workshop, try Mayan hot chocolate and relax with a chocolate massage.
12pm Try having lunch at a local social enterprise, Cafe de las Sonrisas. Run solely for the benefit of employing and training local deaf people, don’t fear if your sign language is not up to scratch (or non-existent), they have devised a picture menu perfect for pointing when ordering. Oh, and there’s a giant hammock for you and some friends to chill in too.
2pm Climb up the tower of Iglesia de La Merced to see Granada in the glory of the afternoon sun. You won’t find better aerial views from any other building in Granada.
4pm Head to the heart of Grenada and check out the super-photogenic, butter-yellow Granada Cathedral, located in the centre of the city within the plaza.
6pm After a hard day of chocolate eating, coffee drinking and cathedral scoping there’s only one thing to do and that’s head to the patio of La Hacienda for burritos and brews in the breeze. Kapow! Grenada just landed a killer blow right there.