Founded as a fishing village over 6000 years ago, the Nicaraguan capital Managua is now an important trade centre for coffee and cotton, as well as an industrial centre for the export of shoes, matches, textiles, and beer. Managua was declared the national capital of Nicaragua in 1852. Local restaurants are quite inexpensive, and shopping is also a popular pastime here.
1h38m to Leon
Visit Nicaragua’s second city and you’ll find Leon to be an architecture buff’s dream. Exploring the city’s elegant churches, mansions and museums will fill your days and by night, the many restaurants and dance halls will more than satisfy.
2h18m to Granada
Photogenic Granada lies on the banks of Lake Nicaragua, though its focus is several blocks inland at the Plaza de la Cathedral which nestles up to the Parque Central. The egg yolk yellow cathedral demands attention, but a walk or carriage ride through the nearby streets will soon reveal a wealth of sympathetically restored buildings just waiting to be inspected.