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Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas in its own right or as the southern portion of North America. Physiographically, Central America is a tropical isthmus that connects North and South America. It includes 7 countries and many small offshore islands. Overall, the land is fertile and rugged, and dominated through its heart by a string of volcanic mountain ranges with a few active volcanos.

Granada, with an estimated population of about 116,000 in the year 2005, is the oldest city in Central America and the oldest on the mainland of the Americas. It is historically one of Nicaragua's most important cities. The city was founded by Francisco Hernandex de Cordoba on December 8, 1524. Granada is like most of the Nicaraguan Pacific primarily populated by Spanish-speaking Whites and Mestizos.

Granada is located along the coast of the Lake Nicaragua, the world's twentieth largest lake, and the only freshwater lake to have sharks and other marine creatures living in its waters. Granada is the capital city of the Department of Granada, which boarders Boaco and Managua to the north, Masaya and Carazo to the east and Rivas to the south. Granada has many beaches from Lake Nicaragua and is very popular around Semana Santa.

Granadais definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in Central America worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of Central America.

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