The Top 5 Things to Do in Agios Nikolaos (Our Insider’s Tips!)

The port town of Agios Nikolaos lies on the east of Crete and is a charming mix of laid back beach fun and a bustling cosmopolitan centre. The town itself also serves as a central hub to the various small villages that form the broader Agios Nikolaos municipality. Here are our must-see places, as suggested by our on-the-ground holiday reps…

1/ Elounda: One beautiful nearby town which you must visit is the charming fishing port of Elounda. Elounda has become increasingly better known in recent years thanks to its luxurious beachside resorts as well as its picturesque harbor. Definitely a place to: while away a lazy afternoon and enjoy the traditional atmosphere of the village, dine in the fine tavernas and soak up the sun on its peaceful beach.

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2/ Spinalonga: One of Crete’s best known tourist destinations is the historic island of Spinalonga. The island contains the remnants of a once huge Venetian fortress, but it’s perhaps best known as one of Europe’s last active leper colonies. From 1903 to 1957, thousands of lepers were sent to the island and it now serves as an historic snapshot of how they lived. Steeped in history, knowledgeable local guides will make this an extremely informative day trip out.

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3/ Plaka: Plaka is a small fishing village which is much quieter than neighboring Elounda. The quaint village is incredibly charming, but its main drawing point is the delicious sea food available from its beach-front restaurants. Plaka is a peaceful respite from the busier nearby areas, and is as yet relatively little-known by the public at large. If you are fond of sea food, then this small village is truly a must visit.

4/ Kolokitha Beach: One of Crete’s most beautiful beaches, Kolokitha’s luscious blue water and fine white sand make it the perfect day out for any beach lover. While it does occasionally get very busy, the beach is nevertheless in a generally peaceful location and there are several smaller beaches nearby in easy walking distance. An early morning or late afternoon visit would be recommended to beat the crowds and allow you to fully enjoy its beauty.

5/ Lake Voulismeni: One of Agios Nikolaos’ most prominent features is its central lake, which urban legend holds to be bottomless. The lake itself is connected to the town’s harbor and is lined with countless bars and restaurants, making it the ideal location for a relaxing evening meal. Enjoy a cocktail or two as you chill out against the backdrop of the lake’s stunning views. Then, unwind with a casual stroll around its edge, soaking in the vibrant local atmosphere.

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