Granada City Guide
OVERVIEW: Oldest colonial city in Nicaragua, and the largest tourist destination in the country. Many colourful buildings and a rich history of conflict and conquest.
WEATHER: Warm year-round (24-32 °C).
MUST DO: Churches. Even if it isn't your thing, take some time to check out the many different ones. Interesting from both a historical and architectural standpoint.
SAFETY: Granada is safe. It's unlikely that you'll have any problems here, even at night.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN GRANADA: $200 rent will get you something nice in Granada. $300 will get you something really nice.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $7.00
NIGHTLIFE IN GRANADA: 6.25/10
Nightlife in Granada is not quite as good as in Leon, its colonial city rival, but there's enough if you're only there a few days. Stick to La Calzada, a main street which contains most of the bars and clubs - I think there are about 30 restaurants and bars in Granada. You'll find a mix of both locals and tourists. A few good looking European girls and a few good looking Nicaraguans. La Calzada is busy enough every night of the week, but if you can get a group together, I'd recommend heading out to one of the clubs by the lake. I don't know the names of them.
I recommend: Club Encuentros.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $1.00
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN GRANADA: 7/10
A slightly better chance of hooking up with other tourists than with Nicaraguans. Quite a number of working gals here too, but even the greenest of travellers will be able to distinguish them from the non-pros. Spanish is important for getting in with the locals because they are so accustomed to tourists. The best thing you can do for yourself is befriend some Nicaraguan guys and hit the bars with them. Distance yourself from the typical Euro tourist.
***ONLINE DATING: Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with girls and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, I recommend it.
ARE GIRLS HOT IN GRANADA?: 6/10.
Girls in Granada are typically short with starch-fed bodies and average/below average cuteness in the face. But before you lose all hope, there are a few attractive Nicaraguensas here. I'd recommend Leon or the infinitely sketchier Managua for slightly higher quality.
If you want to make the most of your time in Nicaragua, you will need to speak some Spanish. Rocket Spanish is the best resource for learning Spanish quickly and easily.
GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.30 Loaf of Bread= $1.25 Eggs= $2.40 Water (1.5L)= $1.00 Cigarettes= $1.25
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Plenty of volunteer options in Granada. Working in a hostel, or shop geared towards foreigners is possible for English speakers as well. Like everywhere else, you can also teach English in Granada.
NOTES: A visually-pleasing colonial town, and a must-visit if you're in Nicaragua. Cheap and comfortable, and the nightlife in Granada ticks most of the boxes for a small city.
OVERALL RATING: 6.25/10
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