Agios Nikolaos

Town in Crete
Also called:
  • Saint Nicholas
  • San Nicolò IT
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.

Attractions, sights & Things to Do in or near Agios Nikolaos

Starting Point: Lake of Agios Nikolaos

Lake of Agios Nikolaos

« Voulismeni »

City trademark artificially connected with the sea since 1870 with many myths following its name.

Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos

Founded in 1970 hosts findings from east Crete, but it is temporarily closed due to renovations.

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, Ag. Nikolaos Harbour

Statue that depicts the myth of the abduction of Europe from Zeus who was transformed into a bull.

Poros Elounda Windmills (& Basilica)

The three old well-reserved round windmills by the sea which are distinctive trademarks of the area that is characterized by the strong winds.

Archeological Site of Ancient Gournia

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

Spinalonga Fortress (Island)

Small island close to Elounda fortified by the Venetians that became a place of isolation for the lepers of Greece between 1904 and 1957.

«Ha» Gorge, Thrypti Mountain Range

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

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.

Ierapetra

At the southern coast of Crete, it's the southmost town of Europe & according to official data, the hottest and sunniest area of Greece.

Waterfall of Milonas Gorge, Ag. Ioannis, Ierapetra

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

Archaeological Site «Malia Minoan Palace»

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

Archaeological Site of a Minoan Settlement

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

Windmills of Selí Ambélou

24 out of the 27 initially existing windmills compose a complex that was characterized as a piece of art from the Greek Government in 1986.

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.

Malia

Small coastal town, notoriously famous for its intense nightlife that attracts younger visitors who are bar crawling at the local clubs.

Lychnostatis - Cretan Open Air Museum

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

Hersonissos

The port of the homonymous village that from the 60's developed to the biggest seaside resort of Crete and one of the biggest in Greece.

Sitia

The east-most port-city of Crete that is built amphitheatrically at an area that combines the Mediterranean and the African landscape.

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.

Kapsa Monastery

Dedicated to St John the Baptist, it was founded in the 15th century on a steep rocky slope of the southeast coast with a view to Lybian Sea.

Questions & Answers About Agios Nikolaos

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.