There are rhythms in Managua. Some are upbeat and invite dance, laughter and joy; others are slower and allow for ambling exploration and true cultural immersion. We’re confident that in all of Managua’s history, in its party scene and its enticing culinary prospects, you’ll find a rhythm that suits you. Here’s a taste of the experiences, the rhythms, you could enjoy whilst you’re in the city…
Plaza de la Revolución
Countless parades, festivals, protests and demonstrations have taken place at this magnificent plaza – so if you want to soak up a historical atmosphere or even come into contact with some pure, Nicaraguan energy and spirit, then Plaza de la Revolución is the place to go. The plaza makes an ideal starting place for those looking to explore the many gems in Managua, not only because of its close proximity to cathedrals, museums, and monuments, but also because the activity of the square provides a great introduction to Managua’s enchanting personality.
Antigua Catedral de Managua
Viewed from afar, you’d be forgiven for being stunned by the apparent pristine magnificence of this landmark. Journey closer however, and you’ll see that Antigua Catedral de Managua is a monument that bears the scars of history and uprising. Its beauty lies in the fact that, through natural disasters and conflicts past, the cathedral has remained. This is not just a dilapidated building, it is a powerful symbol of Nicaraguan history; think of it as an open air museum.
Puerto Salvador Allende
After traversing monuments steeped in Nicaraguan history, a walk around the Puerto Salvador Allende port is the perfect place for a pit stop. Away from the bustling streets and monuments of central Managua, the relaxing atmosphere of the port is ideal if you want to grab an hour or two of ‘me’ time. Sit down, grab a coffee or smoothie from one of the many vendors and restaurants, or just lay back and enjoy the soothing scenes.
After an eclectic day of exploration, discovery, and even a scenic stroll in the port, we’d suggest topping it all off with the excellent Spanish-inspired cuisine and tapas on offer at Meson Real. Fresh seafood, immaculately prepared, and a wide range of traditional and more experimental tapas dishes ensure that Meson Real is a big feature of Managua’s culinary scene.
If you decide that dinner at Meson Real (and the accompanying alcoholic beverages), has only stoked your spirit for adventure and excitement, then dancing at El Caramanchel will be right up your street. With live music all weekend, and a particularly inviting party atmosphere, El Caramanchel excites visitors and locals alike. Don’t know how to dance the Bachata or salsa? Not to worry, you’ll soon catch on to the irresistible rhythms.