The city of Masaya is the agricultural hub of Nicaragua. It’s also one of the centers in clothing, furniture and footwear production and has good contribution to the Nicaraguan economy. Though not a highly progressive city, Masaya is one of the most important cities in the country and has a fair share of interesting places and structures for both local and foreign travelers. Though there are no direct cheap flights to Masaya, tourists can easily reach the city via the international airport in Managua. The city is dominated by different exotic volcanoes and clear blue lakes, a tropical paradise for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of big cities without being cut from the city itself.
Those who take cheap flights to Masaya can enjoy the different historic structures located in the city like the Museo de Heroes y Martires located at the town proper, the El Malecon with its great view of the lagoon and the El Coyotepe, a 19th century fortress with a very beautiful panorama. Travelers looking for religious places in Masaya can check out the Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion and the other smaller churches around the city. The Volcan Masaya National Park is also a popular tourist spot in the city. A guided tour to the very active Masaya Volcano can be availed for a minimal fee.
Masaya is also famous for its market castle called El Mercado Viejo where products from handicraft to colorful blouses to wood carvings to electronics and beauty supplies are being sold. Local produce can also be found in the market and there are sections dedicated to wicker chair and hand-woven hammocks. To put it simply, the market castle in Masaya has everything that a person could need from personal to home products.
Night time is not a problem in Masaya since there are plenty of accommodations available for both budget and affluent traveler. Some of the decent hotels in Masaya are the Hotel El Costeno, Madera’s Inn, La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel, Hotel Casa Robleto, Hotel Casa Catarina and Hotel Ivania’s. Those who want to save on accommodation can stay at the Central Guest House for only 5 US dollar per night or at the Peace Project Hostel for 8 US dollar.