Located in between Granada and Managua is Masaya, most famously known in Nicaragua for its Artisan Market, which is situated a ten- to fifteen-minute walk down the road from the bus station. It is a great place to go and see some of the amazing arts and crafts made by locals around the area and grab a few gifts of souvenirs to take home. The quality of the arts here is quite high and you will find that the stall owners are willing to negotiate on prices a little, especially if you are buying a lot.
The town of Masaya itself is bustling with local activity and you will find an abundance of stalls selling items and foods along the street, giving the place a great vibe. Short of the market and people watching, however, there isn't a great deal to do in Masaya. There are a few churches and museums of interest, or if you are into more natural features, you can do a trip to Laguna de Masaya or Volcan Masaya. If you visit a tour guide office they can also tell you about visits to local villages within the area.
Hostels in Masaya are located fairly centrally to the main street and the bus station. You may need to take a taxi to some of them, depending on how far you want to walk with your bags. The hostels in Masaya are close to most amenities that you may need and any amazing food that you would want to try, either on the streets or in some of the local restaurants.
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