Volcanoes & Cathedrals
Both founded in 1524 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, Leon and Granada are two of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas and after Granada, which is better preserved, Leon has some of the most beautiful colonial architecture and historical centers in Nicaragua. It’s Nicaragua’s second-largest city made up of students, artists, poets, campesinos (farmers), while boasting a growing food scene, plenty of markets, and more colonial churches and cathedrals per capita than any other place in Nicaragua.
As both the historical allure and outdoor adventurism grow, so does the tourism market, but not in an overwhelming way. The city still feels off-the-beaten-path, but with more than enough to keep one busy.
I did what I usually do when I’m in a new city – wander. But this time, I played on some volcanoes too…