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Agios Nikólaos

  • 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 ...
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  • The capital of the prefecture of Lassithi is a quiet town with less than 10,000 inhabitants.
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  • For a long time, legend had it that the depth of the lake was immeasurable. Eventually, though, it was measured at 64 metres deep.
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  • This port that mainly serves as a marina is as a departure point for excursions, especially to the island of Spinalonga.
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  • Agios Nikolaos is a nice place for lolling away your time, especially in the shop-lined pedestrian streets.
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  • Agios Nikolaos is located in the north-west of the largest bay in Crete.
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  • The town became part of the cultural heritage in the 1960s when artists fell in love with its landscapes.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Greece

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.

Agios Nikólaos: what 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.

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).

  • Diversified hotel facilities
  • Preserved natural environment
  • Tourism less anarchical than in Heraklion
  • Beaches of quite different quality

Reminders

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!

Agios Nikólaos: what to eat?

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

Agios Nikólaos: what to buy?

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.

Agios Nikólaos Reviewedhotels
  • 8.45 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Saint Nicolas Bay
    Agios Nikólaos - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Saint Nicolas Bay is a good level hotel. Located 1.24 miles ...

  • 7.95 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Iberostar Mirabello Village
    Agios Nikólaos - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    Overlooking the sea, the Iberostar Mirabello Beach Village shines ...

  • 7.9 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Candia Park Village
    Agios Nikólaos - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 4 Etoile(s)

    A hotel designed as a traditional Cretan village. Small houses ...

  • 7.9 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Minos Palace
    Agios Nikólaos - Greece
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    This upscale hotel benefits from a quasi-exceptional location. ...

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