Location Agios Nikolaos Crete – Villa Galini Agios Nikolaos Crete

Agios Nikolaos is a coastal town on the Greek island of Crete, and is the capital of the nomos (province) of Lassithi.
It is east of the island’s capital Heraklion, north of the town of Ierapetra and west of the town of Sitia.
Regarded by many as the number one city not to be missed in the island of Crete, Agios Nikolaos is a striking urban location nested between its famous twin harbours – a picturesque city to be photographed in the full bloom of the Mediterranean summer.

Agios Nikolaos is probably best known as a tourist town that serves as a hub to the twenty or so small villages and farms that make up that part of Lassithi.
This makes it an excellent choice for those seeking to explore not only the city but also the localities nearby.
Within the city, the breathtaking lagoon Lake Voulismeni is certainly one of the highlights, not to forget the countless sandy beaches, the archaeological museum, the local flora exhibition “Iris” and numerous fairs.
Many cafés are to be found around the lagoon, as well as a variety of local birds that can be heard when taking the trail in the adjacent park.
At a stone’s throw from Agios Nikolaos lie both Gournia and Kritsa, the former being the best preserved Minoan town on Crete, and the latter one of the craft centres of the Eastern side of the Island.

Agios Nikolaos is accessible from the mainland and the whole of Europe, through Nikos Kazantzakis airport, located in Heraklion (60km).
Hersonissos is 40km away, while the picturisque village of Elounda is only 10km away.

Elounda is a picturesque fishing village well known for its luxurious hotels, taverns by the sea shore, bars, and beaches.
It is part of the municipality of Agios Nikolaos, until recently (2010) belonging to the prefecture of Lassithi and as of the passage of new legislation, the periphery of Crete.

The road into Elounda from Agios Nikolaos is approximately 12 km in length and follows the shore as it climbs to the top of a small mountain.
The view from the top is incomparable; on a clear day it is possible to see the whole of Mirabello Bay and all the way to the eastern tip of Crete.

It is also the closest major town to the former leper colony of Spinalonga, located on an island officially named Kalydon (Greek: Καλυδών).
In 1579, the Venetians built a mighty fortress on the island on the ruins of an ancient acropolis.
The Venetians kept control of the island even after the rest of Crete fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1669 and it remained under their control for almost another half a century until its capitulation in 1715.
Spinalonga island is notable for being the last active leper colony from 1903 until 1957.
Today, it is unoccupied and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the area.

The small fishing village of Plaka (Lasithi), which overlooks the island of Spinalonga and the Kolikithia Peninsula, can be reached a mere 3 km from the main square of Elounda heading north away from Agios Nikolaos.

Agios Nikolaos Crete Apartments & Studios - Villa Galini