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Esmerelda Vargas of Schuvar Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Granada, Nicaragua Cathedral with lake in the background – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe center of Granada, Nicaragua is a typical old colonial town with a big park in the middle. Around the park are different hotels and restaurants. That is the center of the tourist area. We also have the church, which is also very beautiful, and which is located in front of the park. Then on the periphery of the center of the city, as you walk, you will find the lake at the end of Granada.  At the lake you can find several restaurants and different activities for people who want to be on the water. That will be the more touristy areas of Granada. 
 
Then there is the other side of Granada where there are more of the locals, as opposed to tourists and foreign residents.  In this area you have the cemetery and you have the people who live there that are poorer.
 
You will see a lot of churches around Granada, which is something that Granada is known for. You will find more than ten churches all over the city. You will also see a combination of old houses, colonial houses and outside of Granada you will also see more old houses. It’s a combination. As you move towards the center of Granada, you will see better construction of the homes and more wealthy areas. As you move away from the center of Granada, you will see more local people living there.
 
The two main streets in Granada, Nicaragua are Calle La Calzada and La Calle Atravesada. These streets intersect towards the center of Granada. One is the street that you use to go to the actual center of Granada and the other one goes to the lake. Calle Atravesada is a broad, divided street with a center area that has trees on it.  Calle La Calzada is where the big houses of Granada were built a long time ago. Rich people live on that street where they have their big houses for many years. That’s also the street where you will find the market where you can buy food and everything else that you need. Calle La Calzada is a street where you will find just just houses and some churches. Calle La Calzada is also where there are lots of restaurants and that’s where the foreigners go at night. There are trees in the middle of the street and they hang over on both sides.
 
(Pictured: Granada, Nicaragua Cathedral with lake in the background.)
Carlos Roman Gutierrez Solis of Casa Granada Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Granada Nicaragua main cities towns communities and developments – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe center of Granada is changing and it is now more business- oriented. Back in the 70s and the 80s, the businesses that you see there today, were only residential houses back then. There were not that may businesses. There weren’t many hotels and restaurants. People are now moving out of the center and trying to adapt their houses into business. Some people use their house for both residential and business purposes.
 
You can tell the difference between the upper class, the middle class, the lower middle class by how close their houses are to the center of Granada. When you move from block to block, you will be able to tell the difference between the neighborhoods right away. The bigger houses are always close to the center. You will see those bigger houses just two to three blocks away from the center, and obviously those families are the ones with more money. They would be the landowners of farms. When you move further out the center, around five to six blocks, you will see how the streets and the types of houses and the type of people change. The middle lower class live about seven to ten blocks away from the center.
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Granada is a city but it is also a department of Laguna de Apoyo near Granada Nicaragua – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNicaragua. It is the largest city in the department but there are several other cities within a 30 minute drive of Granada. The "White Towns" of Diria, Diriomo and Catarina are at a higher altitude and tend to be a bit cooler. There are not many ex- pats in these small towns at this time but people are starting to look in that direction. 
 
Another area that is drawing foreigners is the Laguna de Apoyo located just 20 minutes or so from Granada. This is a beautiful lagoon in the center of an extinct volcanic crater. The Laguna is also a Natural Reserve so it is protected in order to preserve its beauty.  There are several homes, hotels, hostels and restaurants on the lakefront as well as on the rim. Many foreigners are moving to this area as the temperature is cooler and the surroundings are magnificent.

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