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Agios Nikolaos Information Crete
The town is build around an exquisite lake also know as lake voulismeni - and rests on the picturesque Mirabello bay that is overlooked by the eastern mountains.
Ayios Nikolaos has become a well-established international and cosmopolitan summer resort since the 1960 welcoming thousand of visitors every year.
With the lake being its most charming feature, in which Athena and Artemis took their baths according to the Greek mythology. The town has a strong nautical character and the life is directly connected to the sea.v There plenty of boat trips on offer during the summer and numerous important sites to visit in the surrounding area. Agios Nikolaos Is the ideal base for your holiday since it combines beautiful beaches even on the town’s seaside, plenty of facilities and picturesque shops, taverns and bars along with being very close to most of the attractions eastern Crete has on offer.
From there you can plan daily trips to Lasithi, Zakros, Ierapetra, Vai beach, Sitia town, Elounda and much more…
The town is offers plenty of selection in terms of entertainment especially in the summer months, with bustling bars and local festivals. There is also many facilities for water sports activities.
Agios Nikolaos Beaches
(All have been awarded the Blue Flag status)
E.O.T.: mini-golf course, water sports, food services, snooker, ping-pong, football pitch and basketball court nearby
Ammos: In the heart of town, ideal for diving and water sports
Kitroplatia: Sandy beach in the center of town, surrounded by taverns and cafes.
Ammoudi: small sandy beach in town, organized, with sports facilities and food services.
Havania: located one kilometer outside of the town, offering all beach facilities.
Amoudara: A small but organized sandy beach ideal for diving and water sports
Almyros: On the southern side of town, two kilometers along the road to Kalo Chorio, the endless sandy beach of Almyros can be found next to an important historical site.
Agios Nikolaos Museums
one of the most important in Crete is operating since 1969 hosting collections of very important archaeological finds from Eastern Crete such as the ancient palaces of Malia and Zakros.
Folklore Museum of Aghios Nikolaos
Established in 1985, it is housed on the ground floor of the Port Authority building, which is one of the oldest buildings in Agios Nikolaos, displaying a wide range of traditional Cretan handcrafts.
A unique museum in Crete displaying the vegetative world of the area, hosted in a protected neoclassical building from the end of the 19th century that you should not miss
Agios Nikolaos important churches to visit:
This is the most popular Byzantine monument in Crete (13th- 14th A.D.), located in Logari, 1 kilometer east of the village Kritsa. dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, to Saint Anthony and Saint Anna with characteristic wall paintings renowned for their vividness, expressiveness and aesthetic perfection.
The Church of Aghios Nikolaos
North of the town on top of a small peninsula, the church of Saint Nikolaos, is one of the oldest example of early Byzantine architecture.
The Church of Panagia the Brefotrophus:
One-room covered-arch church situated in the center of the town dating from the beginning of the 12th century and it is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.