For panoramic views of Granada’s rooftops, as well as the lake and volcano, climb the tower at Iglesia La Merced (technically La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Las Mercedes – The Church of Our Lady of Mercy), which sits two blocks west of the Parque Central on Calle 14 de Septiembre. Yet to receive a lick of new paint, the sooty front and serene interior give it a shabby-chic charm. The tower is accessed at the front of the church on the left. If you suffer from vertigo, you may be put off by the tiny winding staircase with low railings that leads you upstairs. Once up top, there’s a wraparound balcony where you can take photos or simply soak up the view.

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