El Realejo

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El Realejo
El Realejo is located in Nicaragua
El Realejo
El Realejo
Location in Nicaragua
Coordinates: 12°32′N 87°10′W / 12.533°N 87.167°W / 12.533; -87.167
Country Nicaragua
Department Chinandega
Municipality El Realejo
Founded 1532
 • Mayor Rafael Blanco Reyes
Population (2005)
 • City 8,838
 • Urban 3,954

El Realejo is a municipality in the Chinandega department of Nicaragua.


The town of El Realejo was constructed in 1532, during the first years of Spanish colonization. During this period it served as Nicaragua's principal port, and remained so until the beginning of the 17th century, when pirate attacks started to threaten the towns commercial life-line. The importance of El Realejo was further diminished by the construction of Corinto, which came to be Nicaragua's new principal port.[1]


Today, the economy is based around agriculture, fishing, and the raising of animals. El Realejo is characterized by open expanses of tropical savannah that give way to mountains and beaches. [2]

Coordinates: 12°32′N 87°10′W / 12.533°N 87.167°W / 12.533; -87.167