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The picturesque holiday resort of Agios Nikolaos is set in the beautiful Mirabello Bay on the east coast of Crete. Despite being one of the most popular resorts on the island, Agios Nikolaos has managed to retain an intimate, old fashioned feel. The linked lake and sea front are busy with local tavernas and bars while the dazzling marina is home to super yachts and up market eateries. The busy port sees regular visitors from nearby resorts as well as acting as a launch pad for trips north to stunning Santorini.

Easily accessible beaches

The small but lively beach of Kitroplatia is in the heart of the town and provides an easily accessible spot for a lazy day in the sun. The beach is backed by small hotels plus several bars and restaurants as well as a small playground. A short walk up the gentle hill brings you to a small bridge over the inlet that links the sea with an inland lake. This stunning location offers views out across the Mediterranean towards the small island of Agii Pantes and inland across the lake and the surrounding town.

Explore the coastline

The surrounding area is rich with local history and worth exploring. The relaxed resort of Sitia is further east worth a day trip to explore the sea front and the ancient fortress. Up the coast lies the island of Spinalonga, a former leper colony. The well preserved fortress town is only short hop from Elounda and is a great way to explore the coastline.

Things to do in Agios Nikolaos

On the beach in Agios Nikolaos

You will be spoilt for choice during your stay in Agios Nikolaos. There are four main beaches, all very different but worth trying out. The central beach of Kitroplatia is the most convenient but can be very busy in the peak months. There are numerous places to get refreshments and the town is a very short walk away. Head south and the small, sandy beach of Ammos lies just beyond the new marina. This is a great spot to watch the yachts come and go. The unusual Municipal Beach is a short distance along the main road from here. There is a small pebble beach backed by a wide expanse of immaculate lawn and shady trees. This is the perfect spot for a family day out as the beach also has easy access to an outdoor pool as well as a popular crazy golf course. The more tranquil beach at Almyros is a short distance further along the coast. The beach is named after the River Almyros that appears next to the beach via the protected wetlands surrounding it. This beach is good for water sports.

Eat and drink in Agios Nikolaos

The town has so many distinct areas to choose from. It is well worth getting to know the town and trying out everything possible. The amazing lake and surrounding tavernas come alive in the evening and the light reflecting off the deep lake provides the perfect back drop. The port and surrounding area is also busy with waterfront bars and restaurants with fish featuring strongly on the menu. Over the hill and down towards the central beach are yet more places to eat with a sea view. The marina is a more upmarket option with high end restaurants providing a more exclusive feel. The weaving streets of the old town offer yet more choice when it comes to finding the perfect meal, snack or cold drink.

Agios Nikolaos nightlife

The bars of Agios Nikolaos are perfect for late nights sampling the best of the local hospitality. There are some great bars specialising in local music and drinks. The port and lakeside are the most popular spots with bars that effortlessly move from day time watering holes to late night music and dancing venues. Nearby Elounda has some great clubs and beach bars if the bright lights of Agios Nikolaos are not enough for you.

Shopping in Agios Nikolaos

Shopping in Agios Nikolaos is a pleasure. The narrow winding streets are lined with excellent souvenir stores as well as boutiques offering local artisan products including jewellery and hand woven gifts. The weekly market held every Wednesday is a treat. The stalls are lined with incredible fresh local produce including amazing fruit, honey, herbs and spices. For a serious day of shopping it may be worth a day trip to Heraklion, only an hour or so away to the north.

Things to see in Agios Nikolaos

Take a walk around the Byzantine chapel of Agios Nikolaos. This ancient chapel gave the town its name. There are some impressive frescoes to enjoy and the view across the town makes the walk worthwhile. There are also two significant museums in the town. The small folk museum in the port gives you an insight into the local people and their craft. For a look back over 4,000 years, visit the Archaeological Museum with artefacts from the Minoan civilisation. It is worth combining a trip to nearby Elounda with a short boat trip across to the island of Spinalonga. The former leper colony was abandoned in the 50s but the beautifully preserved town and Byzantine fortress are incredible to see up close. A day trip is likely to include lunch and the chance to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean.

Top Tip:

If you only do one thing during your visit, make sure it is a lazy drink overlooking the lake of Voulismeni. It is an amazing natural formation in a picture perfect setting.

We Recommend

Cafe Puerto Bar

This lively bar is perfectly located on the edge of the harbour wall overlooking the incoming ferries and the dramatic coastline beyond. Come here and enjoy cocktails and the very best music and entertainment.

Chez Georges

This is a must visit café. Set high up on the edge of the lake overlooking the town and the Mediterranean beyond, the views are incredible. Drinks and snacks are served up on the dramatic terrace perched on high.

Lato Cultural Festival – July and August

Agios Nikolaos plays host to a festival celebrating the very best in local culture. You will find live music, folk dancing, parties and art exhibitions.

Fast Facts

  • Currency – EUR
  • Time Zone – GMT + (2)
  • Travel Time – Heraklion (HER) - 3 hours 55 minutes (London)
  • Transfer Time – 1 hour (Taxi)


Agios Nikolaos (Crete) Reviews

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10/10 Amazing

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Perfect Location

Ag Nik is a lovely place, not too busy when we visited in May 2018, beautiful scenery. The place is mainly quiet but lively if you want it. We have visited 4 times now and never get fed up of it.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Beautiful beaches

10/10 Amazing

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Vibrant and Beautiful

A great resort for people of all ages - it has it all, from great restaurants, bars to stunning views, walks and excursions. Have seen quite a bit of Crete now and this is by far the best place to stay or stay like we did in a luxury hotel on the outskirts! Taxis are cheap enough around the resort and buses are comforable and very reasonable priced, although don't seem to run that regularly. This resort is so beautiful, with great views and photo opportunities and you will never get bored.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Migomis restaurant!!

10/10 Amazing

Sunday, May 29, 2011

plenty to see and do in this resort

Public transport good if needed sandy beaches bus ride or local depending on personal chice. Lots of places to eat, shopping, boat trips

The best thing about my stay was ...

stunning views of the harbour, lovely walks

10/10 Amazing

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Fabulous as always!

To get to Ag Nik the transfer bus went through the edge of some of the resorts designed for groups of young ones with fish and chip bars and fast food places still serving at 5.30am. Not so in Ag Nik...great traditional as well as upmarket trendy restaurants and bars spread over three bays, a beautiful walk. The two main shopping streets have a good variety of products to suit all tastes and pockets! There are two fairly small sandy beaches quite near the town centre and the restaurant on the westerly one is great for a relaxing lunch. The people too are friendly and welcoming.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Everything and it is a place that I look forward to visiting again and again.

10/10 Amazing

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lovely place for couples

Beautiful town with just the right amount of quiet and noise, great walks but lots of steps and hills, our hotel the Hermes was in walking distance to all parts, ie the lake the harbour and the mariner. lots of beaches to walk too not much sand but very clean and welcoming. you wont find any places selling english breakfasts etc and thank god for that, Ag Nik has held on tight and remains a real Greek town, excepting of tourists...

The best thing about my stay was ...

the sea and the views and choice of either the Harbour, the lake or the mariner

10/10 Amazing

Friday, November 18, 2011

small port ,selection of beaches,good selection of bars and shops

although the resort has a small harbour with small cruise liners visiting it retains its unique small Greek village feel. Good selection of bars, resuraunts and shops many located around the small lake fed by the sea. All bars are lively but not loud. All resedents we met in shops or bars/ restraunts made us very welcome and were very friendly. There are many small walks around the lake or around the headland with a selction of beaches ranging from a large sandy beach to smaller rock and sand beaches. Also some areas have man made rocky beaches. Totally enjoted our stay and will return in the future.

The best thing about my stay was ...


10/10 Amazing

Thursday, June 9, 2011

lovely, clean and so pretty

very pretty and very romantic, a great place for friends, family and couples.

10/10 Amazing

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Agios Nikolaos - Crete

Romantic fishing village which first featured in a 1960's Walt Disney movie called "The Moon Spinners" has now become a vibrant town, yet without losing its Greekness. Just the right distance from the airport ( a little over an hours drive!) to attract the more discerning traveller and not for those looking for gravy on their Brussels sprouts! Beautiful lake connected to the picturesque harbour via a tiny canal spanned by "The Bridge" - a great meeting point. Plenty of friendly multi-lingual locals, scenery, shops and tavernas.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Alexandros Roof-top Bar (and the Hermes Hotel)

10/10 Amazing

Monday, June 13, 2011



The best thing about my stay was ...


10/10 Amazing

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Very pretty, lots of shops and restaurants, well worth a visit

The best thing about my stay was ...

the view

10/10 Amazing

Saturday, September 4, 2010


fantastic place to chill

The best thing about my stay was ...

everything is fantastic

10/10 Amazing

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Very cosmopolitan

A very lively, cosmopolitan town with fantastic bars, tavernas and shops. The harbour and lake area is great for nights out, catering for quiet, relaxing evenings or lively, trendy all night partying such as Caramellos and Alexandros. If you like all kinds of rock music you must go to Yanni's Rock Bar in the harbour (my favourite). There's a brilliant range of shops... jewellery, clothes, gifts etc. You just don't get bored here!

The best thing about my stay was ...

The people are very helpful and friendly

8/10 Great

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A pretty holiday resort town.

Agios Nikolaos is a tourist town, with a really pretty lake and harbour area, and many many souvenir shops, restaurants and bars. It does not feel like a real town, it feels like everything is geared for holiday makers. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but something to bear in mind if you are looking to experience authentic Cretan culture. We had a great relaxing family holiday here and I would happily come back, but we did feel that we were pursued a bit too vigorously by restaurant staff. The pound is very weak against the Euro at the moment, so eating out was expensive.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Great weather and picturesque lake and harbour.

8/10 Great

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A lively town

Agios is perhaps not the best place to go if you want golden beaches, however, it is a pretty town and is very lively at night, attracting a young,upwardly mobile crowd. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from, and one or two good municipal beaches nearby if thats your thing. Boat trips along the coast are popular, and public transport is plentiful and reasonably cheap.

The best thing about my stay was ...

The Lagoon in the centre of town.

8/10 Great

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lovely location mountains all around

Nice region, picturest, lots of beaches and shops

8/10 Great

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Nice fairly quiet place

Good restaurants and bars in town

The best thing about my stay was ...


8/10 Great

Monday, November 1, 2010

Beautiful town with a lovely feel

Beautiful town with a lovely feel

8/10 Great

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Nice friendly resort

Just at the right level for what we required a decent choice of resturants and bars without being in your face all clustered around a nice harbour and lake area.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Not over the top very friendly resort.

8/10 Great

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Elounda is very local Cretian Town..lovely to walk around.

Fun Town, still remains quite Cretian and not too touristy. Good Shopping.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Jewellery Shops

8/10 Great

Friday, June 7, 2013

Wonderful views and quite hilly so great to run

Agios Nikolaos has not got any really nice beaches. It is very rocky, hilly and the beaches near by are very stoney and rocky. The views were beautiful but the beach itself wasn't very nice or clean. The town has a lovely harbour view but the shopping is very expensive. There are some lovely restaurants and cafe's but we found it very expensive. To eat a starter and giros and chips with a couple of glasses of wine cost 60 euros which is just ridiculous. The main shops were very expensive and the cheap markets where holiday makers like to buy tea towels and fridge magnets were very over priced. I am not surprised this country is not in a good state of finance, at these prices they cannot make any money as they cannot sell a lot.

The best thing about my stay was ...

The views of the mountains.