As one of the oldest European settlements in the Americas, the beautiful city of Granada is filled with nostalgia and romance.

Wander through Granada's brightly painted streets and you'll catch glimpses of quiet inner courtyard gardens behind the impressive colonial frontages.

The Convent of San Francisco displays pre-Columbian treasures from Isla Zapatera, including large basalt Chorotega figures.

Horse-drawn carriages-the city's taxis since 1524-allow you to explore the city at a leisurely pace.

Five minutes from the city lie Las Isletas de Granada, a freshwater archipelago of 354 rocky islands in Lake Nicaragua. This water-bound community is a mix of ritzy weekend homes on private islands interspersed with some very humble permanent homes. Locals are mainly fishermen or caretakers of the luxury properties.

The area is a haven for birdwatchers, with osprey, cormorants, kingfishers, oropendolas, gnat-catchers, egrets, parrots and parakeets to be seen.

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