The city of Leon, another colonial relic, was capital of
Nicaragua until 1851 and prides itself as the intellectual hub of
the country to this day. The city is home to a number of wonderful
traditional ceremonies performed at the various universities, and
needless to say the resident student population also makes for
suitably fun nightlife. Anyone partying too hard will be mighty
relieved to know there are over a dozen churches and also the
largest cathedral in Central America where someone will no doubt
take your confession.
Further afield, and continuing the superlatives, lies the
largest lake in Central America, Lake Nicaragua, dotted with
hundreds of small islands known as 'las isletas'. Ometepe Island,
the largest in Lake Nicaragua, is famous for its twin volcanoes,
one of which is still active - much to the consternation of the
35,000 island inhabitants. Spend a day travelling through the
archipelago by boat, stopping to visit some of the islands. Another
worthwhile excursion from Granada is to the Masaya Volcano National
Park, with its active, smoking craters.
For those looking to kick, back and relax, the Pacific coast
boasts some great properties, and its beaches are perfect for
surfing and watersports.