Granada is rumored to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Certainly, it is one of the loveliest places in Nicaragua, as it is home to many vibrantly painted homes of Spanish-colonial architecture. While many buildings are of similar structure, with enormous doors and high-vaulted ceilings, each are special in their own way. Each neighborhood, alley and block boasts its own little rainbow.
Our first house in Granada was identified as La casa blanca con las puertas rojas, which means, “The white house with red doors.”
Each charming home is uniquely hued, and many of its proud occupants leave the front doors wide open for those passing by to peek in. Every time I compliment someone on their exquisite home, I am rewarded with a hearty thanks.
We like to walk along the street and identify the colors in English and Spanish with our children. Our son loves green and blue shades (verde y azul) in particular.
A fun way to take in the color of the town is to catch a horse-drawn carriage ride. The rates are generally $8 for 30 minutes and $12 for an hour. This tour will take you to many of Granada’s historical sites and even to the lake, if you’d like.
Even the interiors of restaurants and other businesses have their own individual color palette.
This is a town where all casas are identified by their coloration. The community center is widely known, but I call it (quite intellectually), “The big sunshine yellow building at the park.”
Walking tours around town can be arranged to go inside some of these great colonial structures. I saw this sign up in a café recently. Anyone care to join me?
For now, we are wandering the streets of Granada, enjoying the “rainbowed” canvas on every turn. It is only a temporary home for us, but it is indeed a beautiful one!
Have you been to Granada? What did you think of it?