Agios Nikolaos is one of the longest-established tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. This charming Greek town has been firmly placed in the global tourist map since the 1960s, when developers discovered the fantastic potential of this former fishing village. Despite its popularity, Agios Nikolaos is still the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy an unforgettable sun and beach holiday.
About Agios Nikolaos
This picturesque seaside town is located on the north east coast of Crete. The town sits on Mirabello Bay, a gorgeous crescent-shaped bay that never fails to impress visitors with its calm and deep blue waters. But the bay is not the only element of arresting beauty present in Agios Nikolaos, as the town is also known for its location on the shores of Vouglismeni lagoon, where legend has it that Greek goddess Athena used to bathe. Today, the lagoon is a bustling centre of activity fringed by shops and restaurants and surrounded by pine tree covered hills.
Agios Nikolaos is a perfect summer destination, as during the summer months the hot temperatures are cooled down by a constant breeze. During June, July, and August, you are guaranteed to find blue sunny skies and the perfect water temperature to go swimming or snorkelling.
Agios Nikolaos is located 40 miles from Heraklion International airport. Flight duration is 3 hours and 45 minutes for London departures. Getting from the airport to Agios Nikolaos takes approximately 45 minutes. Local buses and taxis ply this route.
Things to do and see during a holiday in Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos is known for combining the charm of a traditional Greek fishing village with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. A stroll through town will take you past shops where artists and artisans display their creations. The marina area is dotted with traditional tavernas and restaurants serving authentic Greek fare. During the pleasant summer evenings, you can enjoy theatre plays and music performances at the town's open-air theatre. Open-air movie screenings are also popular. Agios Nikolaos has a lively nightlife, with several bars and clubs concentrated along the town's attractive promenade.
Other popular activities include taking a boat trip to Barbarossa cave and on to Spinalonga island, known for its impressive Venetian architecture. It is also possible to rent a scooter and go on a journey of discovery through the lush Cretan countryside. For the best views of the town and the bay, head to Elounda, an exclusive resort town 6 miles away from Agios Nikolaos.
Accommodation in Agios Nikolaos
The accommodation options available in Agios Nikolaos cater to all budgets. Many first-time visitors choose to book a stay at one of the town's all inclusive hotels, as these offer great value and convenience. Holiday villas are a good option for families or large groups. Villas in Agios Nikolaos range from the most exclusive properties where every single detail has been taken care of to affordable options closer to the town centre. If you prefer it, it is also possible to book a stay at one of the town's many beachfront apartments, which are conveniently located only a few minutes away from the town's shops and restaurants. If you are planning a special holiday or a celebration, Agios Nikolaos offers a range of charming boutique hotels featuring first-class facilities and a secluded setting in the most spectacular parts of the bay.
Beaches in and around Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos is blessed with a large concentration of blue flag beaches. There are four beaches in the town itself, all of which feature pristine waters, sun loungers, and sports facilities. Almyros is a wide sandy beach located within walking distance of the town centre and fringed by fragrant eucalyptus trees. Next to it there's Havania beach, a small cove that is perfect for swimming. A few miles down the road you will find Plaka, a spectacular and uncrowded beach that offers panoramic views of the bay.
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