Agios Nikolos Travel Summary

Located on the Gulf of Mirabello, Agios Nikolaos is one of the prettiest and most popular places on Crete.

The Agios Nikolos Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Agios Nikolos:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See;

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

The attractive Venetian harbour is surrounded by restaurants and outdoor cafes.  Agios Nikolaos is a great place to base yourself if you are exploring Crete as well as place if you want to relax and unwind.

Agios Nikolas has a couple of museums including an archaeology museum, which has 6,000-year-old relics and a Ethnological Museum, where you can see more recent heirlooms including Renaissance musical instruments.

You can also enjoy neoclassical buildings, the marina (the first marina in Crete), and Kitroplatia square with its taverns and cafes.   Agios Nikolaos coastline serves up some serious beaches and coves for beach lovers.     For a long sandy stretch backed by eucalyptus trees, head to the white sand of Almyros within a 20-minute walk.  You can also explore the archaeological site of Gournia, one of the best examples of ancient Minoan life on Crete.

 

2. What to See:

 

Lake Voulismeni:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Known as the bottomless lake by locals, Lake Voulismeni is 64 metres in depth
  • According to Greek mythology, the goddesses Athena and Artemis Britomartys would go there to bathe
  • The lake makes for a wonderful walk in the heart of town

 

The Archaeological Museum:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Opened in 1970 the Archaeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most impressive in Crete
  • Its collections include archaeology finds from all over Crete covering the Neolithic and Roman period
  • There are over 1500 vases and several gold and bronze objects

 

The Folk Museum:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Built in 1985 by the Cultural Association of Eastern Crete
  • The building is one of the oldest buildings in Agios Nikolaos and is located adjacent to the lake
  • Inside you will find Cretan handcrafts including weavings, textiles, and embroidered pieces
  • There are artefacts that were discovered across Crete and a model of a traditional Cretan house

 

Spinalonga Island:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Venetians built a huge fortress on the island to protect the Port of Olous
  • The fort remained in Venetian hands for more than 40 years after the rest of Crete was conquered by the Ottomans, so impregnable were its defences
  • The Ottoman Turks held the fort from 1715 until long after Greek independence, the last of the Turks only leaving in the early 1900s
  • In 1903 the island became a leper colony
  • When it closed in 1957, it was the last one left in Europe
  • The island is a 30-minute boat trip from Agios Nikolos’s harbour

 

 

 

 

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