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Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is a small town bursting with colour, charm, and bustling life, yet still manages to somehow bestow a relaxing vibe as you walk here and there around the many waterfronts. The picturesque port town is built atop three hills on top of ancient remains from a bygone era.

The main attractions in Agios Nikolaos are all its three water-based wonders – The port, the beach, and the lake.

The lake is a unique feature and is called “Voulismeni.” It is said to be bottomless and was once investigated by the celebrated ocean researcher Jacques Cousteau. It is also legend that the goddess Athena once bathed in the lake, and every Orthodox Christian Easter day at midnight, the townspeople celebrate with fireworks. It’s a great time to witness this spectacle if you’re traveling around Easter, but it was a blisteringly hot summer afternoon and we rather fancied a refreshing frappe in one of the open-air cafes on the serene lakefront.

Good to Know

East of Crete
Distance from Heraklion
62.1 km
Shopping, Watersports, Cycling, Hiking
Place of interest nearby
Cruise to Spinalonga, Elounda, Panagia Kera church, Fish tavern in Chiona Beach