Chinandega - a lively place
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We entered Chinandega on our way to Jiquilillo from Estelí and you had to pass it on the way. We had made it to a must to stop in all large cities we passed on the way to our final goal of the day.
Chinandega was yet another Nicaraguan city which had around 100.000 inhabitants. It is mentioned in Lonely Planet as one of the cities that never will be on any top 10 for Nicaragua but the city turned out to be quite lively with a lot actions going on in the neighbourhood of the Parque Central with a lively marked in many of the streets.
I must say that if you are driving towards some of the many other fabulous sites in the region and you have the time; spend some time here, it is well worth it.
When you come along the main road from Leon you enter the city in one of the corners city and unlike some of the other cities it was bit more difficult to find the city centre. We parked close to the San Antonio Church and started by walking around in that area. There were some really nice restaurants and one being the Fritanga La Parrillada where we went in just to catch some of the local atmosphere. None of us were hungry at that time but the barbeque looked awesome (next time for sure).
The town was very lively with loads of people in the streets and in the restaurants all over the place. We walked around the Parque Central where they had a long row of small diners serving everything from fruit drinks to barbeque food.
The Parroquia Santa Ana was a quite nice and beautiful church and following it all the way round brought to some smalls streets where there were some quite funny shops.
We walked around the city centre and decided to go for a beer after being in the sun for some time. Near the Parque Central we found a place that had shadow and a wind going through the place and making it quite a cold place without any fans or air conditioner. We enjoyed the cold beer at the place was quite funny with furniture made very roughly of some quite heavy wood; they were so heavy that you hardly could move them. I decided to try their grilled chicken with rice and it was quite okay.
After the stop we decided to walk back to the car; we decided to drive by El Cavario Church of the way, and it was quite pretty. We had enjoyed the city and were ready to visit the small village of Jiquilillo at the pacific coast.