Agios Nikolaos Travel Guide

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Agios Nikolaos Things to Do

  • Lake

    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...

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  • Marina

    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...

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  • A Walk About Town

    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...

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Agios Nikolaos Restaurants

  • GOLD takes gold medal for food and...

    My mom and I went to Agios Nikolaos for some food and relaxation. She had been to Ag.Nik three times before, but never to this resturant. It opened only last year and has yet to build the reputation it so well deserves. We were directed to GOLD by the people at the well known restaurant La Strada, just a few steps away. They gave us a voucher for a...

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  • the best view in town (Agios Nikolaos)

    Neon is the place with the best view in town. You sit in a beautiful garden-restaurant directly above the famous lake of Agios Nikolaos. Where else can you see lake and sea from one view? The friendly greek owner is an artist, which you can feel in the athmosphere of the whole place. We had a great English waiter with that typically english humor....

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  • Not so good

    Hello,We were on holiday in Agios Nicolaos and we went for dinner to La Strada - Italian Restaurant.We ordered for a starter carparccio. They gave us a plate with (cheap) smoked beef!! floating in olive-oil with a few tiny pieces of parmezancheese and two leaves of rocketsalat!! And they clame that they are a real Italian restaurant. Shame on...

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  • Excellent Seafood and Service

    We had a very satisfying dinner at the Okeanos restaurant. The seafood was fresh and excellently prepared and the service polite. It has a great location write by the Limni or Lagoon with seating both by the water and inside. We took a table by the balcony in the building and enjoyed the lovely view together with our meal. The grilled octopus was...

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  • "Newly Opened"??

    The owner of this place (I don't remember it's name, but it's the first one around the main loop of the lagoon) talked us in with his charm and patter. He had just opened up, it was a new place, we would be his first customers... And he had lots of stuff for vegetarians, including veg moussaka. After we ordered we found there was no veg moussaka...

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  • Home Cooking

    This was my stand-out meal of our stay in Agios Nikolaos. We ate at this place twice too, our first meal in Ak Nick (lunch the day we arrived) and our last meal there too (if you exclude breakfast at Eoliko on the morning we left). The owner was all you hope a Greek host would be. He talked us through various things that he had to offer, most...

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  • Veggie Souvalaki

    We ate here twice too. The first time we ate here we just had pretty standard fare - pizza and pasta I think - not even Greek. It was nice enough though, and it's right by the sea and a very pleasant location for a spring evening's meal. The owner (or waiter - it's hard to tell at a lot of these places) was very friendly and chatty and mentioned...

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  • The Greek Italian

    So good we ate here twice. The place specialises in both Greek and Italian food and has shuttered frontage that is opened up when the weather is good. The first time we ate there it was closed up, so we were indoors. The second time it was opened up so, even though we were at the same table, we were outdoors. Food and wine here was lovely - or else...

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  • Ambassador's Choice?

    The Cretan Embassy is another very colourful place. It would be lovely to dine outside in its garden but we couldn't the day that we went as the owner was experiencing staff shortages and she couldn't cover outside as well as in. So inside it was that we ate. I believe that the building had indeed served as some sort of consulate in its past. We...

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  • Dining In Technicolour

    Pelagos is a well known and much reported upon taverna in Ag. Nick. The building and garden are very colourful and in the fading sun of a spring evening they look even more lovely. Famous for its seafood it is also quite good for mezze, though not the most outstanding mezze that we ever had.

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  • Internet Cafe

    We went into this place most days too - not the cafe/restaurant downstairs but the Internet cafe/bar upstairs. Out front it has a balcony with fantastic views across the lagoon, and inside lots of internet terminals. The drinks here were the usual affair, various beers, wines and juices and the obligatory frappes. Beers came with a good sized...

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  • Beachside Taverna

    We spent a fair bit of time each day at this place, usually around lunch time, or between breakfast & lunch. We'd just sit at one of the tables overlooking the beach and read our books while sipping on whatever took our fancy - fresh orange, frappe, wine... The owner was an amiable chap and he'd always make a joke of "there's no hurry - take your...

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Agios Nikolaos Transportation

  • Car Hire

    I'm sure there are better car rental agencies than this one! Well, it does say "Economy Car Rental" and I suppose you get what you pay for!

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  • Bus

    Cretan long distance busses are superb. They're actually coaches, air conditioned, comfortable, fast. Everything a bus should be. And they're so punctual too, and connecting services wait for you. They have large luggage areas under the coaches too, to stash cases and large bags, and also to carry parcels - the bus service doubles as a parcel...

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  • Ferry

    Agios Nikolaos is a stop on the route of several major ferry companies. The Lane Line ferry called in every day on its way to wherever it was going. I don't know its exact route, but what I do know is that the morning one goes on to Sitea, another port in Eastern Crete. We went to Sitea by bus one day, which takes a coastal road, and the ferry...

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Agios Nikolaos Warnings and Dangers

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    by sanny7 Updated Mar 30, 2006

    If you are like me and enjoy a swim, steer clear of the harbour water in Aghois Nicholaos, it is full of debris which is obviously just dumped in the water by people with questionable scruples,

    I was in rather high " spirits " in Ag Nik on the evening that greece won the football final, celebrations were the order of the day, I had a swim to cool down, but upon entering the water from a height of about ten feet I must have struck a piece of debris on entry and got a bad scratch on my right calf.

    The flotsam was even more apparent some mornings in Mirabello Bay, dependant on the sea current, but that seemed to be mostly crap dumped / lost from boats ?.

    On a brighter note, Mirabello bay near Istron / Kalo Horio, is absolutely marvelous, when clear of debris, beautiful sandy beaches and cool clear azure waters, I had many a happy hour snorkeling those waters, even had the pleasureable presence of Dolphins on two separate occasions.

    The eastern beach for me had an edge on the western, although the western beach had more facilities ie, showering and drinks / snacks, access only for the able bodied.

    If you happen to be a rock hound in any sense, you are spoiled in Crete, even more so at the Long Beach in Lera'petra, The Levas winds were very hot, fry an egg on a stone hot.

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Agios Nikolaos Off The Beaten Path

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    by Oana_bic Written Aug 27, 2004

    9 km away from Agios Nikolaos, we spent a lovely night in a posh club, just on the beach.
    As usual, just loved the stories/ legend which goes like:
    Elounda's lagoon also has the island of Spinalonga and its Venetian fortress, which for many years was used to be a leper colony. Sad tales like the lepers who would try to escape from the "Isle of Tears", using barrels or wooden bed frames for boats.
    It's not recorded if any the desperate escapees encountered the other occupant of the lagoon: Artemis/ Diana, who in Cretan myth is said to be a mermaid goddess, believed to still inhabit the local waters .

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  • Agios Nicolaos Lagoon

    The Lagoon or Limni as it is locally called, is a man made sea lake that connect to the sea via a small canal. Lots of restaurants and shops are around it. It is very easy to visit and a must if you are in the area. Enjoying a seafood dinner with a view of the lagoon

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  • Small beaches, lake-therapy and ymmm...

    If you want to visit Crete expecially and get detoxed from all the noisy cars and stuff, just head towards a region in Crete called "Agios Nikolaos", a marvellous little old port-city. It's about 1 hour away from Heraklion airport by bus. In Agios Nikolaos you'll fully enjoy all the great things you mentioned and moreover you'll taste amazing food...

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  • Enjoy the harbor

    Gorgeous colors of the Greek boats on the water of the harbor with the mix of greenery and rocks behind them. Strolling down the terraced steps when we first came upon the harbor and parked the car. It gave us time to absorb the beauty of the place.

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