Agios Nikolaos Crete

Agios Nikolaos Crete - Lake Voulismeni with coloured fishing boats (image by Thomas Kohler)

There is so much to explore in Agios Nikolaos Crete, from ancient sites to magnificent beaches to mountain villages to the township itself, there is something around every corner to surprise and delight in this relaxed seaside town.

 On our central Agios Nikolaos page see:

  • Lake Voulismeni
  • The Harbour
  • Town Beaches
  • Agios Nikolaos Hotels
  • Day Trips
Pretty pedestrian streets flow down to the harbour (image by Andrew Skudder)

Restaurants and Cafés

View from Cafe Du Lac over Lake Voulismeni with my coffee in the foreground! That is my kinda coffee spot :)

One of our favourite destinations for a coffee is Café du Lac with a wonderful view over Lake Voulismeni (see left).

Cafe Du Lac - my sugar sachet - I couldn't resist the merman

This café bar is popular with locals and travellers and has internet, atmosphere and great music.

Lake Voulismeni at dusk (image by Brian Snelson)

Traditional Greek Taverna

The Avli Ouzeri serves fantastic traditional mezedes in a relaxing pebbly courtyard with a garden. It is the best of Cretan atmosphere with great food and service (right).

We also like the Zygos taverna, right next to the lake, relaxing with a few mesedes.

Avra Bistro is very busy so book ahead, this is your traditional Greek taverna food at its best, with friendly service and decent prices. There are some dishes to suit international visitors like pizza and prawns provencal.

Cafe culture by the lakeside (image by Matthew J Carter)

Chrisofyllis is a taverna, ouzeri, a restaurant or mezedopolio, whichever you prefer, located near Kitroplateia Beach in town, with a sea view. Stay for a drink and some snacks or stay for dinner, it is up to you. Try the zucchini flowers and shrimp saganaki.

Piato, located on Ammoudi Beach this is a waterside taverna with good service, excellent reviews and plenty of ambience. The speciality is seafood so try the swordfish and the fresh fish of day caught in the very Mirabello Bay you look over whilst you dine.

Kitroplateia Beach (image by Matthew J Carter)

Diving Agios Nikolaos Crete

Diving in Mirabello Bay off Agios Nikolaos gives visitors a magic experience of this scenically beautiful bay and the sea life both above and below

When you dive in the Mediterranean you might look for world class experiences such as:

  • Great dive spots
  • Good clarity of water – excellent visibility
  • Interesting sea life
  • Good equipment
  • Safety and instruction from the dive hosts
  • Modern and reliable boats and craft
  • Fun and friendly crews
  • Professional accreditation
  • Good prices
  • A variety of activities
  • Local knowledge

All of this you will find at Pelagos Dive Centre with Stefanos and his team, located at Minos Beach Art Hotel.

Ancient Site of Gournia

The Archaeological Site of Gournia (image by Shadowgate)

The setting by the bay makes this trip worth it just for the scenery. This is a site for serious history buffs, it is not a touristic site at all. This is a genuine ruin set amongst olive groves, next to a dusty track 2 km inland from Pachia Ammos Beach and 20 km south from Agios Nikolaos. There is very little interpretation and no shade or structures, so ensure you take water and sun protection. Best to go early in the hot months.

This is a Minoan site first settled in 2300 BC and excavated at the beginning of the 20th century.  Minoans were farmers and raised animals, fished and made pottery such as large rhyton vases and tools such as chisels, all found on the site. This site is marked as Minoiki Poli on Google Maps, which means Minoan Town.

Combined with a visit to Pachia Ammos Beach and perhaps the stunning Ha Gorge, this will make a fascinating day trip from Agios Nikolaos.

Getting to Agios Nikolaos Crete...

There are no flights to Agios Nikolaos, the nearest international airport is Heraklion Airport which is 60 km from town. There is a small domestic airport at Sitia in eastern Crete.

Flights to Heraklion...

Hire a car to enjoy the scenery...take the national road east along the north coast.

Or arrange a pre-booked transfer for peace of mind...

Independent travellers might prefer to take the local bus...

Enjoy your Agios Nikolaos vacation!


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