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Where to enjoy an exciting holiday in Nicaragua

A bit about Nicaragua

Nicaragua is stunning and as Central America's largest nation, there is plenty to keep everyone happy, no matter what kind of holiday you're looking for. The country boasts impressive volcanoes, breathtaking lakes, incredible stretches of coastline and vibrant cities - all just waiting to be explored.

Like most nations in Central America, Nicaragua was colonised by the Spanish in the early 16th century and went through a long period of colonial rule, before declaring independence in the 19th century. You can still see these European influences in its architecture today, but one thing that the settlers couldn't change was its spectacular landscapes.

Nicaragua boasts the region's largest lake, as well as 24 volcanoes, long winding rivers, vast swathes of rainforest and both Pacific and Atlantic coastal strips. Nature truly is the star of the show in the country, and it is these attractions that captivate so many travellers every year.

Discover Nicaragua's varied cities

There's no escaping Nicaragua's cities on a holiday here - you will always have to pass through at least one of them. They offer a fascinating insight into the nation's heritage and culture, so it's well worth taking the time to properly explore them.

Managua is the capital and largest city in the country. It's fair to say that it's not the most beautiful urban centre you'll ever visit, but there are a few architectural gems nestled along its bustling streets. Among them are the unusual New Cathedral, which has some 63 domes, and the fountain at Rotonda Ruben Dario.

One of Managua's most unique attractions is a set of footprints made by a group of people approximately 6,000 years ago. The impressions were preserved by a volcanic eruption and are now visible to the public. They're known as Huellas de Acahualinca.

Leon, meanwhile, is one of Nicaragua's stunning colonial cities, located in the shadow of the Momotombo volcano. It boasts a number of historic ruins, as well as crumbling colonial architecture in every turn. In addition to playing host to Central America's largest cathedral, Leon is home to a beautiful university, numerous museums and 18 churches, all linked by charming cobbled streets.

Another city worth visiting on a multi centre tour of Nicaragua is Granada, which also boasts plenty of colonial-era gems. It is the oldest city in Central America to still be in its original location, with many beautiful 17th-century churches and courtyards still to be found among its bustling streets.

Uncover its natural beauty

Of course, no holiday in Nicaragua is complete without also discovering a few of the country's natural attractions. Just a short distance outside of the capital is the Masaya region, which is where you can see a much more authentic way of life - think small villages nestled among the tree-covered hills where traditional crafts are still practiced.

Masaya Volcano dominates the landscape, with this being one of only two volcanoes in the world where you can drive up to the crater rim and peer inside. You'll also find lakes here, with Laguna de Apoyo considered to be the most picturesque spot in the area for a swim.

To really escape from it all, head to the Rio San Juan region, which is one of the country's most untouched areas. You'll still find luxurious accommodation here, but much less of it than in other locations. The area's main feature is the river, which snakes its way from Lake Nicaragua all the way to the Caribbean coast.

Go kayaking along the vast waterway, looking out for the wide range of bird species and other exotic creatures that live on or by the river and in the dense jungle it passes through.

For a few days of rest and relaxation, visit San Juan del Sur, one of Nicaragua's most stunning coastal regions. The golden crescents of sand are gorgeous, while the waves rolling in from the Pacific make this a hotspot for surfers. The sunsets here are particularly breathtaking.

Twin-centre holidays in Nicaragua

As you can probably tell, Nicaragua is an incredibly varied and diverse nation, which is why booking a twin-centre holiday makes sense as the best way to truly appreciate all that it has to offer. Spending time in one or more of its cities is fantastic if you want to get under the skin of its heritage and culture, but you shouldn't overlook its array of world-class natural attractions.

There are plenty of luxury hotels in Nicaragua, so no matter where you travel to and where you choose to stay, you can rest assured that you will encounter fantastic accommodation.

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Places of interest in Nicaragua

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

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