If someone asks the locals what does Agios Nikolaos mean for them, their answer would give us a totally different idea of Crete, and particularly οf Agios Nikolaos. Through their words you will realise that Agios Nikolaos is not only a fantastic holiday destination, but also a place where mother nature has offered its treasures in abundance. In turn, the locals have respectfully worked the land to survive, and now this place is considered to be the king of extra virgin olive oil, the purest raki and the finest honey. Add the hospitable people and mild weather to this and you’ll get a land blessed by the simplest pleasures of life.
Well, visitors who are always thrilled by the local pace of life, culture and tradition of their holiday destination are going to love Agios Nikolaos and its quaint villages. Nevertheless, travelers who seek the holiday Crete is famous for can also find it here, as Agios Nikolaos is a relaxing and peaceful place with fabulous views and many activities for the active ones.
Swim in the crystal clear waters and soak up the sun on the magnificent beaches of Elounda, Sisi and Istron; go diving to discover a peaceful underwater world; hike through the Gorge of Kritsa-a masterpiece of nature with narrow passages and tall walls; or even try rock climbing on the steep and high cliffs with trails of all levels.
And for the restful ones, places such as the seaside village of Sisi with the picturesque harbor lined with tavernas serving fresh fish and local drinks; or the traditional small town of Neapoli with the relaxing cafes and skillful craftsmen are ideal to unwind body and mind.
What’s more, history buffs will be more that happy to visit the islet of Spinalonga, a world famous land-fortress with an abandoned leper colony, as well as the ancient city of Lato built in the 7th century.
Our tour in the wider area of Agios Nikolaos ends up in the center of the main town with Lake Voulismeni, where goddesses Athena and Artemis used to bathe, being the favorite spot of most visitors.
If you are into sailing, then the local marina, which is built to European standards and ready to accommodate up to 255 boats all year round, can surely be your mooring refuge!
So, still not convinced? Come and see for yourselves!