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Agios Nikólaos

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Agios Nikolaos, the capital of Lassihi, lies 40 miles east of Heraklion on one of the most beautiful bays of the island, the Gulf of Mirabello. The city has outstanding peculiarities like Lake Voulismeni, connected to the sea via a canal built in 1870, and whose legend tells that this is a "bottomless" lake. This is almost true as its maximum depth reaches 64 meters! There is a very pleasant atmosphere here. A few miles to the north, Elounda offers beautiful views, particularly on the island of Spinalonga. In the opposite direction, taking the Ierapetra road, the town of Sitia opens the gates to the Orient. Further inland, the road to Krista provides great views over the sea and mountains before reaching the Lassithi plateau, which creates the rural ambiance of Crete, in striking contrast with the luxurious coast attracting tourists.

To see

From the visit of the ruins of the palace of Knossos, to the minoan ruins of Festos and the palace of Malia, lovers of history won't run out of places to visit. You can also visit the famous Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which embraces the entirety of the Minoan civilization, or discover Fodele, the village where it is said that the painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos was born, better known by the name El Greco ( 1541-1614).

To do

Many hotels offer tours through their respective tourism offices. Among these, the discovery of the island of Spinalonga or the visit to Elounda. Byzantine art reveals its mysteries in the church of Panagia Kera near Krista. The Minoan ruins of Gournia depict life as it was in 1600 years BC. For those who love wide open spaces, the Plateau Lassithi (6 miles long, 3 miles wide and 0.49 miles high), famous for its countless windmills that once provided irrigation for crops, must be seen. And hiking in the gorge of Krista too.

pros

  • +   Diversified hotel facilities
  • +   Preserved natural environment
  • +   Tourism less anarchical than in Heraklion

cons

  • -   Beaches of quite different quality

To think about

If you arrive in the middle of summer, do not overload your luggage, but make sure to bring along light cotton clothes.

To avoid

Avoid making a call to the UK from your hotel room, otherwise the bill will be quite hefty. Prefer to use phone cards, telephone booths are everywhere!

To try

Restaurants abound here. Here you will find typical Cretan dishes : gyros, Greek salad, slouvakia, moussaka ...

To bring back

On the markets, you can find food, herbs, olive oil, Cretan cheese ... In the shops, CDs of local music are sold. The raki is cherished as an institution ... taste it and bring a bottle back for your friends.

Weather Agios Nikólaos

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Agios Nikólaos . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Agios Nikólaos so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Agios Nikólaos , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather July
Overall rating 93/100
  • Temperature indicators 94% Hot / Optimal

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 100% Dry / Optimal

    Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).

  • Sunbathing indicators 98% Sunny / Optimal

    Sunny (over 80% sunshine).

  • Swimming indicators 78% Wind

    High air temperature (>24°C), pleasant to high sea temperature (between 22°C and 24°C), moderate to strong winds (between 12 mph and 18 mph).

  • Wind indicators 64% Warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: strong to moderate winds (between 12 mph and 18 mph) in a warm atmosphere (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 74% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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