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.