If Granada  is the center of tourism in Nicaragua , then Granada’s central plaza is the heart of it all. You’ll pass through here dozens of times during your stay in Granada, and each time, sweat-drenched, you’ll pause for something cold to drink.
People-watchers will find it hard to leave, as the park is a steady stream of students gossiping, elderly men playing chess, and vendors hawking carved wooden toys, ceramics, jewelry, ice cream, and more. Order a glass of icy fresco de cacao at one of the corner kiosks, and enjoy the raucous bird-chatter in the treetops, and the hustle and bustle of life in North America’s first city.
Cross the park to the magnificent cathedral on the plaza’s east side. It’s sometimes open to the public (even the bell towers). When the doors open for mass, it’s worth a peek inside. The stone and wooden interior is dim and cool, and the bells echo overhead.
Just outside the church’s front step is the Cruz del Siglo (Century Cross), inaugurated January 1, 1900. Entombed in its cement are coins, pieces of art, and a gilded bottle from the 19th century.