Granada is a city in western Nicaragua. Historically Granada is one of Nicaragua's most important cities, economically and politically. It has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture and structure, as Granada was the first European city on the American mainland. In old times it was famous for being a center of commerce including timber, gold and silver. Now Granada’s economy grows with tourism. It became a famous tourist hotspot due to its historic architecture, the refurbishment of the city, its world wide recognized cuisine and ecological beauty.