Founded in 1524, Granada is believed to be the second oldest city established in mainland Latin America by the Spanish conquest.
During colonial times, Granada saw much unrest as the city was attacked several times by pirates. Nowadays Granada is characterised by bright-coloured Spanish-colonial architecture, visible throughout the city centre.
The ambiance is very pleasant and there is a wide array of nice restaurants and bars, especially along the boulevard from the central park to the shores of Lake Nicaragua.
While the city in itself is already an impressive attraction, the immediate surroundings, including Mombacho Volcano and its cloud forest, or Granada Islets on Lake Nicaragua, make Granada a place where you will want to spend a couple of days.