Agios Nikolaos

Town in Crete

Agios Nikolaos is a charming little town blessed with gorgeous gorges, boat trip options, historical sites, and beautiful beaches in its vicinity.

Attractions & Things to Do in Agios Nikolaos

Lake of Agios Nikolaos (Voulismeni)

The town is known for its lake which was connected to the sea via a channel constructed in 1870. A beautiful walk and various tavernas around.

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Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos

This museum hosts findings from east Crete, but it is under renovation some time now, so check before you visit it.

↖ NW
< 1km

Port of Agios Nikolaos, Crete

A picturesque & tranquil port that does not offer any ferry-boat connection, while numerous day-trips & cruise ship arrivals during summer.

→ E
< 1km
The statue of the Abduction of Europe at the harbor of Agios Nikolaos in Crete.
photo: I5800 / CC BY-SA 4.0

Abduction of Europe Monument

Statue that depicts the abduction of Europe from Zeus who transformed himself into a bull in order to seduce her. Oh Zeus!

→ E
< 1km

Poros Elounda Windmills

The three old but well-preserved windmills are distinctive trademarks of this windy area. The sea nearby has crystal clear waters.

↑ N
≈ 10.6km

Archeological Site of Ancient Gournia

Minoan settlement of the 15th century BC quite well-preserved that was called «Pompei of Crete».

↘ SE
≈ 15.8km

Spinalonga Fortress (Island)

The Venetians fortified this small island and later became an isolation colony for lepers until 1957. An excellent day trip.

↑ N
≈ 16.8km

«Ha» Gorge, Thrypti Mountain Range

Impressive rocky mountain known also as Aori that includes one of the wildest canyons in Greece.

↘ SE
≈ 22.4km

Byzantine Church of Episkopi, Lasithi

Founded in the 11th century AD, is dedicated to St. Georgios & St. Charalambos, and stands for its unique and distinctive architecture.

↘ SE
≈ 23km


Being Greece's sunniest town, here you can experience history unfolding: sights from ancient Greece, the Byzantines, the Venetians, and the Ottomans.

↓ S
≈ 28.4km

Waterfall of Milonas Gorge, Ag. Ioannis Ierapetra

A 20 minutes walk along the densely vegetated gorge leads to the 20-meters impressive waterfall.

↘ SE
≈ 29.1km

Archaeological Site «Malia Minoan Palace»

The third-largest Minoan Palace founded in 1900, and similarly to the others destroyed in 1450 BC.

↖ NW
≈ 32.8km

Archaeological Site of a Minoan Settlement

Minoan site founded approximately in 3000 BC, located in a protected location with great view.

↙ SW
≈ 32.8km

Windmills of Selí Ambélou

With an amazing view and 24 windmills around, you can take lots of pictures here. There is also a restaurant and a gift shop.

← W
≈ 33.5km
A pond created by the waters of Richtis in the homonymous gorge.
photo: KODR / CC BY 3.0

Richtis Gorge & Waterfall

After a pleasant hiking trail of 3 km that can last according to the pace from 3 to 4 hours, the visitor reaches the impressive 20m waterfall.

→ E
≈ 34.4km


A small coastal town famous for its intense nightlife, primarily for young visitors. Aside from bar crawling, a stroll in the old city is a must.

↖ NW
≈ 35.4km

Lychnostatis - Cretan Open Air Museum

A series of facilities that reveal the folklore background and the traditional life on the island.

↖ NW
≈ 42.9km


This place is known for its lively nightlife. Want to take a break from the beach? Pay a visit to the aquarium and the open-air folklore museum.

↖ NW
≈ 46km


Rich in activities and day trip options, this town is built amphitheatrically on a hill. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind Mediterranean and African landscape.

→ E
≈ 48.5km

Perivolakia (or Kapsa) Gorge

4,5 km canyon ideal for a quite demanding hiking of 1,5 hours that connects Perivolakia village with the coast close to Kapsa Monastery.

↘ SE
≈ 49.8km

Kapsa Monastery

Dedicated to St John the Baptist, this otherworldly monastery was founded in the 15th century on a steep rocky slope overlooking the Lybian Sea.

↘ SE
≈ 50.1km

Questions & Answers about Agios Nikolaos

Why Visit Agios Nikolaos?
  • Named officially "Agios Nikolaos" but the locals call it just "Agios" (The Saint).
  • Close to several unique beaches & the historic leper's island, Spinaloga.
  • A lake that is today is connected to the sea dominates the city center.
What is Agios Nikolaos, Greece?

Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas) is the capital of the Lasithi regional unit on the western side of the Gulf of Mirabello. The name comes from the homonymous Byzantine church of the bay, while its previous name was Mandraki, as there were many goat enclosements. (mantra).

What is the history of Agios Nikolaos, Greece?

The history of Agios Nikolaos begins in ancient times when in the same position was the port of Lato, an important city of the Hellenistic period, which declined later in the Roman and the early Byzantine era. In the years that followed, there were no other references for the city until 1206 when was conquered by the Genoese who built the castle of Mirabello. An earthquake destroyed the castle and left no trace or ruins. During the Ottoman era, Agios Nikolaos was uninhabited and was inhabited again in 1870 mainly by Greeks who were persecuted by the Turks.

Is it worth visiting Agios Nikolaos, Greece?

Agios Nikolaos is a scenic and popular resort and despite being the county's capital it does not resemble any urban center. It is considered a moderately developed tourist town of Crete including many attractions together with a very organized tourist infrastructure all inspired by the magnificent Cretan hospitality. A visit to the city is a great experience for its guests.