Nice looking, Good shops, No problem parking, loads
Lots of stairs if you park on the hill.
Town of romance
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...more
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...more
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...more
We stopped at these apartments in May we wanted somewhere close to Marina as we have a boat there,...more
This hotel is a 3 * 90's greek hotel. No frills, but for the great price we paid, we received a...more
The Hotel itself is fine, two tier accomodation, basic and better basic, the basic lacked certain...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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 .
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...more