|Top holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£411|
|Family holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£409|
|Romantic holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£429|
Managua is the capital of Nicaragua in Central America. Home to nearly 2 million people, Managua has often been dubbed the Venice of Central America, thanks to the network of canals which meander through the city. One of the cheapest destinations in all of Latin America, Managua holidays offer a variety of high quality food and accommodation for a fraction of the price.
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport connects Managua directly to various destinations across the US and Central America. There is no rail network in Nicaragua but regular buses connect Managua to Nicaraguan destinations and neighbouring countries. From November-April Managua experiences its dry season, which is the most comfortable time to go, while the wet season occurs from May-October. The hottest months are March and April, but temperatures remain around 30°C year-round.
Catedral de Managua, a cathedral dating from 1920, has stood as an iconic symbol of Managua. Damaged by the earthquake of 1972, it is scheduled for renovation. Until then, travellers can visit the sleek New Cathedral, designed by Ricardo Legorreta. The Palacio Nacional museum focuses on the indigenous Nahuatl people, who number nearly 3 million throughout Central America. It exhibits various artefacts which date over 2,500 years. Nature lovers should make sure to explore Tiscapa Lagoon, a lagoon in the crater of an extinct volcano which is home to a variety of birds and aquatic animals. More adventurous visitors can fly across the water on a zip-line for the best views.
Managua is home to an abundance of restaurants and cafes serving everything from Nicaragua's national dish Gallo Pinto (with rice, beans and sweet peppers) to international specialties. Gourmets can visit steak houses such as Los Ranchos – a popular spot amongst locals and one which inspired a restaurant chain in Florida. Nicaragua is also known for its coffee, and sipping this national product is a must on Managua holidays.