Crete

Agios Nikolaos

Located in eastern Crete, Agios Nikolaos has a town center characterized by the presence of Lake Voulismeni and nearby beautiful beaches with crystal clear water.
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From a small fishing village, Agios Nikolaos has become in recent years one of the most famous tourist resorts in Crete thanks to its beautiful beaches and its thousand-year history. Located in the eastern part of the island, the town was already considered a strategic port in Hellenistic times, and over the years, thanks to Genoese and Venetian rule, it developed into a famous commercial center especially for salt exports.

Its town center, characterized by small stores and boutiques, winds around beautiful Lake Voulismeni, which connects directly to the sea by a narrow canal. Not far from the center are also several beaches famous for their crystal-clear waters, such as Ammoudi and Kitroplatia. Lovers of Greek culinary traditions will be able to find here several taverns and small restaurants where they can eat typical dishes, while those looking for nightlife will enjoy the pubs or discos that are open late into the night.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is a town nestled in a unique natural setting that knows how to captivate with its charm as a typical Greek resort, where neoclassical-style houses alternate with small churches. Indeed, although the town has become a well-known tourist destination, it has managed to preserve its historical and cultural identity.

Its town center features stores where you can buy local products, and restaurants along the harbor offer excellent local cuisine, while its beautiful beaches welcome tourists seeking relaxation.

Agios Nikolaos Marina

1Koundourou 3, Ag. Nikolaos 721 00, Grecia

The clubs of Agios Nikolaos marina at night

There are many Cretan towns that have sprung up around a harbor that is a testament to their thousand-year history, and Agios Nikolaos is no different. Like Chania and Heraklion, this town was also formed around the port area, which has grown from a strategic commercial area to a truly picturesque one. The harbor of Agios Nikolaos has a magical atmosphere: you can spend your evenings dining in one of the excellent taverns, having the sound of the waves in the background, or take a simple walk by the sea.

Archaeological Museum

2Kon/nou Paleologou 41, Ag. Nikolaos 721 00, Grecia

The Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos was founded in 1970 and is the second archaeological museum in Crete, after the one in Heraklion. Inside the museum we can find archaeological finds from the Neolithic, Minoan, and Greco-Roman periods from all over eastern Crete.

In addition to storing more than 1,500 vases here is a large collection of objects from the necropolis of Agia Fotía, near the town of Sitía, and it is possible to admire the Goddess of Myrtos, a vase in the shape of a woman that comes from the locality of Mirtò.

Currently closed for renovation, it is scheduled to reopen in 2020.

Lake Voulismeni

3Lake Voulismeni, 721 00, Grecia

Lake Agios Nikolaos, also known as Lake Voulismeni, is a small lagoon in the center of the city and is linked to legends concerning its waters. According to some beliefs, the lake has no bottom and it is said that it was here that the goddess Artemis and the goddess Athena used to bathe.

At the bottom of the lake, moreover, it seems that the Germans deposited some of their military equipment before leaving the island of Crete in 1944 although no trace of this war equipment has ever been found.

Renovation work has changed some of the original shape of this picturesque lake, but a walk around it is a truly picturesque experience since it is now used as a small harbor by fishing boats.

St. Nicholas Church

4San Nicolò 721 00, Grecia

Situated near a beautiful bay the small church of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of Greek sailors, has given its name to the whole town: Agios Nikolaos actually means St. Nicholas in Greek. It is one of the oldest churches in Crete and is a single-nave building with a dome, and inside there are two layers of decoration.

Originally, in fact, the church had no iconic frescoes because it was built in the iconoclastic period and was decorated with beautiful geometric patterns. Only around 1300 was the church restored after an earthquake and decorated with frescoes and icons of St. Nicholas.

Spinalonga Island

5isola di spinalonga, Grecia

The fortress of Spinalonga, in Mirabello Bay

Not far from Agios Nikolaos, north of Mirabello Bay, is also the small fortified island of Spinalonga, which is easily reached by a short boat ride from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, or Plaka.
The Venetians built this fortress within the lagoon of Elounda to protect the salt pans in the area from Turkish incursions.

An imposing complex was erected over the ruins of the ancient Olous fortress and over the years served not only for defensive purposes but, after the Turkish invasion, was a place of exile and isolation while in the twentieth century it became a place of confinement for all leprosy patients.

Currently, two-story houses, courtyards and stores surrounded by high walls can still be seen, all of which are evidence of the period when Spinalonga was a famous, yet mysterious, fortified town.

Beaches of Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is also worth a visit for its beautiful beaches that are easily accessible from the town center and famous for their beautiful waters. The closest beach to the town is Ammoudi6, which is located 1 km from the center in a well-protected bay with a sandy beach and clear, shallow waters.

Not far from picturesque Lake Voulismeni, in the heart of the town of Agios Nikolaos, is Kitroplateia Beach7. A perfect choice for families with children, Kitroplatia offers a well-equipped sandy beach with umbrella and sunbed rentals and nearby features several restaurants as well as well-organized hotels.

Next to the main port of Agios is the small Limanaki Beach8, made of pebbles and fine gravel is very nice for a quick swim a short walk from the center. From this place you have a beautiful view of the small island of Agii Pantes, which is just opposite the town.

Just 12km from town is also the beautiful Voulisma Beach9, which has white sand and turquoise waters: its colors are unique, the sea waters are calm, the seabed is shallow, and it is an equipped beach with all kinds of services.

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In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article

Where to stay in Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is a town with a wide choice of accommodations, from luxury hotel to mini apartments. The port area of Agios Nikolaos along with the area near Lake Voulismeni are two of the most characteristic areas of the town where there are also numerous restaurants and taverns serving typical dishes.

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Recommended hotels in Agios Nikolaos

We offer a selection of hotels at Agios Nikolaos to suit all categories of travellers. The most booked by tourists are the sea-facing hotels, often right on the beach. If you want to play it safe, choose one of the following: they are among the most booked hotels in Agios Nikolaos, sorted by number of reviews.

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Meliti Hotel
Agios Nikolaos - Havania beachExtra sanitary measures
8.3Very good 1.684 reviews
Overlooking Agios Nikolaos Gulf, Meliti is just 100 metres from Havania Beach and features a swimming pool. The air-conditioned rooms have furnished balconies offering views of the Cretan Sea.
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Kitro Beach Hotel
Agios Nikolaos - N.Pagalou 3Extra sanitary measures
8.3Very good 1.420 reviews
Kitro Beach Hotel - Adults Only is a city, beachfront, couples-oriented hotel located right above the quiet and clean Kitroplatia beach, 200 metres from the town centre of Agios Nikolaos.The hotel is conveniently located 59 km away from Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport and 12 km from the cosmopolitan Elounda Resort.
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Hotel Port 7- Boutique Collection
Agios Nikolaos - Koundourou 7Extra sanitary measures
9.5Exceptional 1.194 reviews
Located right at the entrance of Agios Nikolaos’ port and 100 meters from Kitroplatia Beach, close to bars, restaurants, tavernas and shops, Hotel Port 7- Boutique Collection offers rooms with direct views of the Mirabello bay and Voulismeni lake.All rooms feature air conditioning, a smart TV, minibar and kettle.
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Apartments and vacation homes in Agios Nikolaos

If you prefer space, privacy and the ability to prepare your own meals to a hotel holiday, book a holiday home at Agios Nikolaos. We recommend a few below, but in this case we advise you to book early because houses and apartments for rent at Agios Nikolaos are in high demand.

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Bellevue Suites
Agios Nikolaos - 18 Ergatikis Estias StreetExtra sanitary measures
8.9Fabulous 572 reviews
Bellevue Suites is a 3-key fully-furnished apartment hotel, in a quiet area in the western entrance of Agios Nikolaos, Crete, overlooking Ammoudi bay. The closest beach is 300 m away and the distance from the town center is 1 km.
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Eleni Studios
Agios Nikolaos - 18, Andrea Papandreou StreetExtra sanitary measures
7.8Good 350 reviews
Just a short walk from the sandy Ammoudi Beach, the family-run Eleni Studios is located in the seaside Agios Nikolaos Town. It offers self-catering units and features a small pool with sun terrace.
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Perla Apartments
Agios Nikolaos - 4, Salaminos Str.Extra sanitary measures
8.9Fabulous 244 reviews
Overlooking the gulf of Mirabello, on the coastal road of Agios Nikolaos, Perla Apartments offers rooms with kitchenette and free Wi-Fi. Within walking distance, guests can reach the centre of Agios Nikolaos town.
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How to get to Agios Nikolaos

The town of Agios Nikolaos is located about 60 km from Heraklion where the nearest international airport is located, which is connected by direct flights to many European airports especially in summer, while flights to and from Athens operate year-round.

Another opportunity is to make use of the small airport in Sitia, which is an hour and a half from Agios Nikolaos and is operational in the summer with domestic flights and connections to some European cities.

If you have rented a car you can easily reach the town from anywhere on the island, alternatively you can take the regular buses (KTEL) that offer frequent runs from Agios Nikolaos to other Cretan localities.

Agios Nikolaos Weather

What's the weather at Agios Nikolaos? Below are the temperatures and the weather forecast at Agios Nikolaos for the next few days.

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Where is located Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is located in the eastern part of the island of Crete, in the province of Lassathi. The town is 60 km from Heraklion, capital of the island of Crete, 35 km from Ierapetra, and 70 km from Sitia.

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