The picturesque Greek resort of Agios Nikolaos really is a thing of beauty. Situated on the island of Crete, there's everything to excite you on your holiday, from superb Blue Flag beaches to a wealth of local culture and history to soak up. Put simply, a getaway to Agios Nikolaos is an example of Crete at its best.
Sun-seekers will love the blissfully warm temperatures during the peak summer months. It can get up to 25°C, so don't forget to bring your sunscreen with you if you want to top up your tan! You'll be spoilt for choice with beaches, too - Agios Nikolaos has two stunning Blue Flag beaches, Ammos and Kitroplatia, both within walking distance from the resort's centre. Lively Ammos is perfect if you're looking for a bustling beach and exciting watersports such as scuba diving, windsurfing, paragliding and sailing, or the white pebbled beach of Kitroplatia is ideal for sunbathers looking for peace and quiet. Both beaches are extremely popular with locals and tourists alike, but you'll always be able to find a prime spot.
When you're keen to take a break from the beach, embrace your inner culture vulture and discover the region's history. The ancient city of Lato pros Kamara is located in Agios Nikolaos and dates back to the Bronze Age, so you'll definitely want to bring your camera with you to photograph the ancient ruins. The views from Mirabello Bay are truly staggering. You'll get an unspoiled view of the majestic Sitia Mountains from the horseshoe-shaped bay, which also has magnificent turquoise waters ready for you to kick off your sandals and dip your feet in. We couldn't think of a better way to cool down on your Agios Nikolaos holiday!
To explore beyond the heart of the resort, take a day out to Lake Voulismeni which is only five minutes away from the centre of Agios Nikolaos and certainly worth visiting. You can walk around the picture-perfect, former sweetwater small lake before stopping for a light refreshment in one of the waterfront cafes. The Archaeological Museum in Agios Nikolaos is also a fascinating way to delve deeper into the resort's culture. It's filled with various artifacts from the Neolithic, Minoan and Roman eras. Or, why not go on a boat excursion from the Agios Nikolaos harbour to discover Spinalonga island. For a family day of fun, head out to Water City Water Park, which is less than an hour away from the resort.
In the evening, you'll be able to enjoy a cocktail or two in one of the resort's bustling bars by the harbour, or spend a romantic evening in a charming taverna. If you really want to let your hair down, you can head to the nearby Malia, which is only half an hour away and has been a firm favourite with party animals for many years!
A holiday to Agios Nikolaos is the perfect opportunity to sample the delights of Greek cuisine too. Enjoy fresh seafood and local dishes such as moussaka and mezze. As well as charming tavernas, you'll find British style pubs and restaurants for when you fancy a taste of home. The island is also famous for its wines and ouzo - treat yourself and have a glass or two as you wind down the day. You're on holiday, after all!
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Things To Do
Like any Greek island, holidays in Agios Nikolaos start with the beaches and watersports galore. Try your hand at jet skiing, banana boat rides, scubadiving, windsurfing, paragliding, canoeing and sailing. Take a jeep safari and explore the mountain villages off the beaten track. Enjoy a boat trip from the harbour and discover hidden coves and tiny inlets, as well as to the islands of Spinalonga and Kolokitha Beach. Agios Nikolaos was once the busiest resort on Crete, but these days, revellers tend to head to the clubbing mecca of Malia. There's still a vibrant nightlife scene in Agios Nikolaos, but it's not as rowdy as it used to be. Choose from romantic seafront tavernas and lively harbourside bars.
Food & Drink
A holiday to Agios Nikolaos is the perfect opportunity to sample the delights of Greek cuisine. Enjoy fresh seafood and local specialities like moussaka and meze. As well as charming tavernas, you'll find British style pubs and restaurants. The island is also famous for its wines and ouzo.