Central America, Create, Nicaragua

The colourful streets of Granada, Nicaragua

August 7, 2011

The colourful streets of Granada, Nicaragua

Since leaving Guatemala I’ve been travelling pretty quickly. And for a while, I was travelling with friends and as such my photography goals for this trip kind of fell by the wayside.

It was just easier not to take my big bulky camera out.

Until, that is, I arrived in Granada, Nicaragua after a long full day of travel from the uninspiring Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.

In Granada, the colourful buildings practically beg to be photographed. 

Invaded and burnt to the ground more than once, today Granada and its buildings are listed by UNESCO, making it Nicaragua’s key tourist destination.

It’s a little like Antigua in Guatemala – colonial style architecture, cobblestone streets, a humming central park.

But unlike Antigua, and despite its pedestrianised tourist strip and bars, Granada feels very lived in. 

There’s also a lot to see and do in the surrounding area – in my three days in town I took an evening trip to Volcano Masaya, visited the Isletas de Granada on Lake Nicaragua, chilled in local cafes, had a massage and took these brightly coloured photographs. 

Top tip for Granada: Check out the artisans who set up stalls in Parque Centrale at the weekend. They make beautiful and unique handcrafted jewellery and will be happy to chat with you about their work in English or Spanish.

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  • Reply Lily Leung August 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Megan,

    These buildings look beautiful. I love the bold colours. I haven’t been to Grenada but your photos sure make me curious! Great photographs.

    – Lily

    • Reply MeganRTW August 11, 2011 at 10:49 pm

      Granada is a lot of fun, Lily! I definitely recommend it if you ever make it to Nicaragua

  • Reply Danielle August 8, 2011 at 8:10 am

    The colors in these photos are so rich and beautiful! I would love to live somewhere that colorful.

    • Reply MeganRTW August 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      It definitely looks very different to the buildings in my own neighbourhood in Sydney, Danielle!

  • Reply Claire August 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

    The first pic of the green building is one I know quite well. It greeted me every morning when I walked out of the front door of my house-it was right across the street 🙂 For a second I thought I knew the girl walking in the picture! And the Garden Cafe was at the end of my street. Did you see the office for La Esperanza? I lived right beside it. So cool! We just missed running into each other, I have been home for 2 weeks now. Enjoy!!!

    • Reply MeganRTW August 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      Lucky you living so close to Garden Cafe! I didn’t notice the office, though. Shame we missed each other!

  • Reply Kris Koeller August 9, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Beautiful colors. Looks terrrific.

  • Reply Erin August 13, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I bet the paint in CR looked dingy after these bright colors! Hopefully the colorful wildlife offset it for you. I’m headed to Granada on my next visa run…I think. Can’t wait to see these colors myself!

    • Reply MeganRTW August 17, 2011 at 1:23 am

      Granada is a fun place, Erin! I’ve also heard that Leon is great too but I didn’t make it there.

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