The landmark of Agios Nikolaos is a small lake, known as "Voulismeni" that is located in the center of the city, at the foot of the cliffs. Its shape is circular with a diameter of 137m and was connected to the sea only recently, with a canal opened at 1870
According to the mythology, the goddess Athena used to take her bath in this lake. It is so deep that it was thought years ago to be bottomless but it has now been found to be 63m deep. It is said that at the end of the 2nd world war all the German tanks and amoured vehicles were thrown into the lake. Wether that is really true or not is unknown as swimming is not allowed and only The French diver and explorer Jaque Cloustuo has been allowed do dive in it.
The Guide book said the Archaeology museum closed at 17:00 but when we arrived after walking up the hill it was closed, the sign on the gate said it closes at 15:00. Unfortunatly we never got the chance to go back.
If you are looking for a sparkling night life or hectic day, Aghios Nikolaos is NOT the place...But when you desire a quiet afternoon, sitting by the bay, having a quiet cup of Greek Coffee, or just walking the streets, then this is your place.
They have a small inner harbor where I took the photo of the skiff and the sponge car and sea horse basket were in front of shops on the street. The do have a fair amount of tourists since this is the harbor from which the ferries leave for Spinalonga and you will see by the amount of restaurants just how many tourists there are in summer months. We visited in October and it was virtually deserted, which of course was fine with us....^O^
The Lake of Agios Nikolaos is in the centre of town and is its most famous landmark for visitors and locals.The Lake is also known as 'Voulismeni'(sunken).It has distinctive vertical walls reminiscent of a volcanic crater,which is why some people believe it was created by a sunken volcano.This theory though has lost ground and today it thought that the lake is the mouth to an underground river.Today the lake,137 metres in Diameter,is the town landmark,with many cafe's and restaurants set out around it.With its still water,ducks and fishing boats is a place which offers peace.
According to mythology,the goddess Athena refreshed herself in the lake.The myth that the lake was bottomless was disproved in 1853,when the British Admiral Spratt took soundings and discovered that it was 210 ft deep at its centre.
Agios Nikolaos has a very large marina near the harbour with lots of expensive looking yaghts and boats.This is were you can get trips to Spinalonga island and other places of interest on the east coast.There is a long footpath that runs along side the marina to take a good look at the place and plenty of benches to sit on.Also there are nearby shops,bars and restaurants,its definatlely one of the towns must see's.