Agios Nikolaos is a cosmopolitan seaside town in Crete lying 60 kilometers east of the island’s capital Heraklion and north of the town of Ierapetra. Located in the beautiful bay of Mirabello is easily accessed from the mainland through N.Kazantzakis HER airport and the many daily ferry services in Heraklion. Rent a car in A. Nikolaos and explore the magic of Crete.
Agios Nikolaos attractions and day trips
Town of Agios Nikolaos became internationally famous during the ’60s when it was “found” by well-known cinema directors. The beautiful town embraces the picturesque lake and is lined with traditional restaurants, neoclassical houses, bars, and shops. The setting is mythical, Voulismeni lake is in the center of the town and some rumors say that is bottomless while others say that goddesses Athena and Artemis were bathed there.
The area around the town is full of wealth, beauty and stories. Just 10 kilometers from town, another cosmopolitan place can be found, Elounda. It is home to a series of luxury resorts, with private beaches, marinas and high standards of services that presidents and celebrities usually choose.
Following the route from Elounda towards the west, you have the chance to admire the tranquil setting of the gulf of Elounda that looks like a lagoon, the famous rocky island Spinalonga and the graphically houses of Plaka fishing village. The worldwide known fortress of Spinalonga, that was a leper colony for some period, inspired the award-winning novel “The Island” because of the mystery energy and the weighty history that envelops.
Another mythical landscape is located 55 kilometers from A. Nikolaos, the birthplace of the king of the twelve gods, Zeus. The Dikteon cave lies at an altitude of 1025m. on the northern slopes of Mount Dicte, filled with stalagmites and stalactites.
Crete island is full of stunning places that combine nature, luxury, and tradition. Therefore, rent a car in A. Nikolaos, Crete and begin to discover every small paradise of the island.