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Travel – Agios Nikolaos – a coastal town on the island of Crete

Agios Nikolaos (also known as Aghios Nikolaos) is a city (or a coastal town) on the island of Crete. The city lies to the east of the capital, Heraklion and to the north of lerapetra and to the west of sitia. This town is the capital of Lasithi.
The three faces towards the sea from this town are The Lake & port, Kitroplatia beach and the Marina.

• Ammos (sandy public beach by the marina)
• Kitroplatia is the town centre (shingle & sand) beach.
• Ammoudi and Havania beaches (on the way to Elounda).
• Almiros & Ammoudara (sandy beaches with organized facilities, about 2.5 km east of Agios Nikolaos)
• Istron/Kalo Horio – these are 2 good beaches (10 km),
• Elounda – a small sandy beach (10 km)
• Plaka pebble beach (16 km).

Attractions of Agios Nikolaos and around:
• Lake Voulismeni: This is a small lake which connects to the sea. It is situated at the centre of the town of Agios Nikolaos on the Greek island of Crete. The diameter of the lake is about 137 m and depth is about 64 m. This lake is connected to the harbour of the town with a channel and there is a small park around it. This lake is popular for the fireworks celebrations on the Orthodox Christian Easter day.
• The Cretan diet: This is a traditional local diet of the Mediterranean island of Crete, also called “Mediterranean diet” which is very popular in the place.
• The Archaeological Museum: This is a museum with exhibits from the whole of Eastern Crete, like the early Minoan cemetery of Mochlos, the Zakros palace, Lato and Elounda. There are plenty of coins ranging from about 330-350 BC to 200 AD exhibited here along with more than 1500 vases from those times.
• The Folklore Museum: This is a museum exhibiting woven textiles, embroideries, handicrafts and a model of an old traditional Cretan house along with Old photographs, paintings and costumes of the olden times.
• The Iris Museum: This museum is housed in a neoclassical building on the 28th Oktovriou pedestrian street that also holds a local flora exhibition.
• Chrissi Island: For quiet presence of palm trees and soothing watered sandy beaches one can take a boat trip from here to Chrissi Island.
• Visit to Elounda & Spinalonga Island: There are Kritsa’s tourist shops from where one can buy some local hand woven linens, rugs, tablecloths and handicrafts.
• The Katharo plateau above Kritsa and the Lassithi Plateau: This is known for its climate, topography and geology.
• The Dikteon Cave: This is a mythological cave which is worth a visit.
• Elounda: It is a town which is a fishing port and has several sandy beaches from the centre square. This port offers boat trips to the island of Spinalonga.
• Sitia town: This town is about 70 km east of Agios Nikolaos and the drive is a scenic coast route. This town has a fortress, waterfront esplanade, some quaint corners and a sandy beach.
• Lato: This is an archaelogical site dating back to the 4th-2nd century BC settlement with nice elevated location and magnificient views. This is a few km from Kritsa village.
• Panagia Kera: This is a triple-nave Byzantine church that dates back to 13th century. It has wall paintings. This church is located in Logari which is about a km east of Kritsa.
• The other sites are Vrokastro and Gournia archaeological sites that are near Istron.
• Spinalonga Island: This Island is across the causeway from Elounda.
• Villages exhibiting local color: Limnes, Zenia, Exo Potami, Prina, Mesa & Exo Lakonia.
• Faneromeni Monastery: This monastery is inland from Gournia.
• Walking: There are many routes and hike paths, going through villages, hills and beaches which are ideal for walking.
• Diving: The scuba-diving centre is about 250 m from the lake.
• Golf: There are 2 golf courses in Crete; one is a 9-hole course and the other an 18-hole course. The first is available about 10 km from Agios Nikolaos located at the Porto Elounda resort. The other is the Crete Golf Club with a full facilities golf course that is about 45 km (about 30 minutes drive) from Agios Nikolaos, between Hersonissos & Kastelli.
• Plaka village: This village is about 15 km from Agios Nikolaos. This has fish tavernas, cafes and a crystal clear pebble beach.
• Almyros beach: This is a sandy beach entering the sea at the southern end. This beach offers a cooling paddle and is about a 20 minute walk from the town center. One can take a taxi from town centre.

Best time to visit / climate:

The best time to visit this place is in summer. One can expect showers between October and April. The temperatures are ideal from July to August.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:
Agios Nikolaos (Crete) is about 40 miles from Herakleion Airport (HER). The journey takes about 45 – 60 minutes by car or taxi.
By Bus: There are local bus services available in the place.

By Ferry: Ferry services run to Agios Nikolaos from Athens (Piraeusport), Rhodes, Chalki, Karpathos and Kassos.
Major ferry lines operate to the port of Herakleion with buses connecting at the main bus station near to the port. Ferries run directly to the town via LANE lines from Pireaus and Rhodes.
By plane: The distance is 40 miles from Heraklion airport to Agios Nikolaos.

Getting around:
By Bus: Elounda, Kritsa, Sitia, Heraklion (and from there, Knossos), Malia and Hersonnisos are accessed with a regular bus service.
Among others means of transport are taxis, scooters, and rent car facilities available in the place.

Top Sights Travel Guide: Crete (Kindle) Rough Guide Map Crete [Folded Map] Lonely Planet Crete (Regional Guide)

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Hotels at tripadvisor
Restaurants at wikitravel
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Hotels at Travel to Crete
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Blogs / Sites about Agios Nikolaos:

Blogs and reviews at travelpod
Blogs and reviews at funtouristattractions
Blogs and reviews at explorecrete
Blogs and reviews at explorecrete

Images and photos of Agios Nikolaos:

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Videos of Agios Nikolaos:

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