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.
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).
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.
- + Diversified hotel facilities
- + Preserved natural environment
- + Tourism less anarchical than in Heraklion
- - Beaches of quite different quality
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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.
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!
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.
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Maximim temperature between 22°C and 24°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.
Bad weather indicators
Dry / Optimal
Little or no rain (less than 1.5mm per day).
Sunny / Optimal
Sunny (over 80% sunshine).
Very pleasant / Optimal
High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).
Light breeze / Optimal
Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).
Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.
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