Official name
Republic of Nicaragua
Central America
ISO 3166-1


Masaya is the capital city of Masaya department in Nicaragua. It is situated approximately 14 km west of Granada and 31 km southeast from Managua. The town of Masaya is just east of Masaya Volcano, an active volcano from which the city takes its name. It had an estimated population of 140,000 in 2005), and is Nicaragua's third most populous city.

Masaya is a town in Nicaragua located near a volcano – the Masaya Volcano – and therefore it is extremely vulnerable to the effects of a “surprise” eruption. The science of volcanology has always been trying to discover how to predict this destructive natural phenomenon with the aim of saving lives and minimising the impact on the environment.