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.
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One of our favourite destinations for a coffee is Café du Lac with a wonderful view over Lake Voulismeni (see left).
This café bar is popular with locals and travellers and has internet, atmosphere and great music.
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.
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.
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:
All of this you will find at Pelagos Dive Centre with Stefanos and his team, located at Minos Beach Art Hotel.
Sailing out from the harbour of Agios Nikolaos over the clear blue waters into the bright expanse of Mirabello Bay is a must. The Sitia mountains in the distance, the sparkles on the water, and a mysterious island to explore on the 'Spinalonga Day Tour'. Take a half day or full day tour with a BBQ lunch to see some of the unique history of the area and enjoy the natural beauty.
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.
There are no flights to Agios Nikolaos, the nearest international airport is Heraklion Airport HER which is 60 km from town. There is a small domestic airport at Sitia (JSH) in eastern Crete, some 70 km from town, that accepts flights from Athens.
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...
There is a range of accommodation in the hillside villages and on the beaches all around the region.
Panorama Villas really do have a panoramic view of the beautiful Mirabello Bay and Sitia Mountains. Looking back to Agios Nikolaos, sitting overlooking Ammoudara Beach just 10 km from town. With sculptured gardens, private pool and kitchenettes, these stylish villas are perfect for romance or for family time, and make a great base from which to explore the east of Crete.
This Private Beach Holiday Home just south of town on Almyros Beach sits on a very tiny little private beach next to the river - do you fancy some seclusion whilst being near the bright lights of town? Walk down your own stone path to the beach and sit under the trees. Access the beach via a little bridge. You are close to a wetland sanctuary which is a haven for birdlife.
The modern home with traditional style of Crete has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8 comfortably, has a beautiful pool and all modern comforts. Enjoy life poolside, or beachside, gather all the family together in style. Access the cosmopolitan town for taverna dinners or enjoy the well-fitted kitchen. This is a real find!
This Mountain Village House in Agios Ioannis is just 40 km from town, with sweeping views over the Libyan Sea and all the comforts of a cozy local home. This 2 bedroom home sleeps 5 people and it is best to have a vehicle to access the village, and drive 15 minutes to the beach. Tastefully renovated with modern touches, this house is characteristic of the area, yet very comfortable for a holiday stay. Enjoy the view from the terrace, hear the sounds of goat bells on the mountains and relax in the privacy of the leafy courtyard.
Beautifully remote - experience the real rural life of Crete - whilst still close to Agios Nikolaos Crete.