Catarina is a small and beautiful city located very close to the great Masaya, only 6 kilometers and 40 kilometers from the capital. Catarina belongs to the so-called "White Villages"
Catarina is known for being the population to which belongs the famous Laguna de Apoyo, one of the natural wonders of the country. To get to know it, you will have to go to the Mirador de Catarina, where you can see some amazing views over the lagoon.
In Catarina lookout there are places to relax and enjoy the spectacular views over the lagoon,
it is also possible to go hiking or horseback riding around the lagoon, listen to live music or buy handicrafts.
The cost of admission to the mirador is 2C $ for national pedestrians, 1 $ for foreign pedestrians, 10C $ for motorcycles, 40C $ for minibuses, 100 C $ for national buses and 150C $ for international buses.
The urban center is fast to know and its main interest are the many craft shops that are in the area.
The small workshops of the artisans who work on pottery, wood and bamboo as well as the colorful flowers and plants of the almost 70 nurseries that exist in the municipality are part of the life of this small town, full of life, tradition , Smell and color.
Catarina and its viewpoint are one of the most visited destinations in the country.
Due to the growing tourism boom in the last decades, the presence of bars, restaurants and dining rooms that offer typical Nicaraguan food of great quality and at good prices have increased in the territory.
It is also an interesting place to stay and from there to visit nearby.
The fiestas of Catarina, in the Masaya style, are known in the area and appreciated by Nicaraguans who move from other towns to celebrate. Catarina has two important holidays.
Around the 30th of December, the celebrations are celebrated in honor of San Silvestre, and are extended until the beginning of January.
The other festival of the town is November 24 in honor of Santa Catalina.
To reach Catherine can be done in different ways. From Masaya: by the road that leaves the east by the roundabout Las Flores; By the road Granada-Nandaime and from the road that comes from Masatepe by the west.