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Agios Nikolaos Overview

Popular holidays: There are many towns named ‘Agios Nikolaos’ in both Greece and Turkey, but none are more popular for holidays than this idyllic resort in Crete. Perhaps it’s the wide selection of golden sandy beaches, or the inviting tavernas and bars, whatever the reason, Agios Nikolaos has people coming back for holidays here year after year.

Peaceful holidays: Surprisingly for a resort which is pretty popular for holidays from the UK, Agios Nikolaos holidays still offer you plenty of time for relaxation. And beautiful natural sights such as Lake Voulismeni only serve to enhance the laidback atmosphere.

Attractions in Agios Nikolaos

Byzantine Chapel: This 7th century cobble stone chapel is named after St Nicholas, or ‘Agios Nikolaos’ in Greek and it’s actually where the holiday resort has taken its name from. It’s in an easily accessible location, looking out on the bay, and it makes in interesting sight on your holidays to see the chapel’s frescoes from the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries. Free entry also keeps the cost low for when you’re on cheap holidays to Agios Nikolaos.

Activities in Agios Nikolaos

Lake Voulismeni: This pretty little lake forms a canal through the centre of town, enhancing the beautiful scenery on Agios Nikolaos holidays. The lake has a long history connected to the town too, from the legend of Athena bathing in its waters to more recent times where Easter festivals in the town take place around the lake.

Archaeological Museum: This compact museum has lots of interesting artefacts dating back to around 300 BC. It exhibits items from archaeological digs all around Crete, so you’ll see coins and vases from Minoan cemeteries and local towns like Elounda. Impressively, entry is free too, so it’s another activity to add to your list when you’re on cheap holidays to Agios Nikolaos.

Cretan Olive Oil Farm: A unique experience for a day out on family holidays, this rustic cobble stone museum shows you how olive oil used to be produced using basic farming methods. Once you’ve discovered a little of what life was like in Greece in the past, and seen the old olive oil press, you’ll also have the opportunity to buy some of the locally produced olive oil to bring back as a souvenir from your holidays.

Beaches in Agios Nikolaos

Ammos Beach: This pleasant golden beach is very popular during holidays to Agios Nikolaos as it’s close to the resort centre and has a good selection of facilities such as sun beds and parasols. The huge mountains surrounding the bay also offer a pretty backdrop and their headlands help keep the waters calm, so it’s great for children who want to swim during their holidays.

Kitroplatia Beach: All the beaches in Agios Nikolaos have free access, making them a great choice if you’re on cheap holidays here. Although Kitroplatia Beach consists of sand and shingle which isn’t as soft as Ammos Beach, its real attraction lies in the fact it’s right in the centre of Agios Nikolaos. You can even see the white sugar cube houses which line the waterfront in the centre of the village.

Ammoudi Beach: This small cove in Agios Nikolaos is a great choice for children on family holidays because its sheltered location protects it from strong winds and waves. The water sports facilities are also pretty well organised, with lots of fun activities to enjoy on your holidays, including banana boats and kayaking.

Restaurants in Agios Nikolaos

Mare Monte: This classy restaurant has an inviting bright blue arched entrance, and the views are spectacular too, making a meal here during your holidays in Agios Nikolaos very memorable. Fish is something of a speciality at Mare Monte, with dishes such as fresh king prawns and grilled octopus, and the menu also has a distinct focus on offering all the classic Italian dishes we’ve come to know and love.

Avra Bistro: Once you’re reached the road of this restaurant you can’t really miss it, as its large white veranda and softly lit terrace draw attention as soon as you arrive. The eclectic menu is excellent too, serving a variety of dishes from full English breakfast to fried courgettes and rosemary flavoured lamb.

Barko: A unique twist on authentic Greek cuisine and a real dining experience to be savoured during your holidays in Agios Nikolaos. Classic dishes are given a modern update by being presented artfully in small tapas-style servings. The enticing ideas on the plate come thick and fast, with dishes as far ranging as courgette pancakes, lamb risotto and feta salad.

Nightlife in Agios Nikolaos

Waterfront bars: Much of the action on Agios Nikolaos holidays are centred on the harbour and Lake Voulismeni, right the way along 25th Martiou Street. Alexandros Bar is one such place, it has a good mixture of a chilled out atmosphere at its softly lit outdoor roof garden contrasted with a lively bar with a dance floor inside. Molto and En Plo are pretty popular too, and special mention must go to Yiannis Rock Bar, as it has been visited by many rock stars including U2 and Ozzy Ozbourne! And if you fancy just relaxing on your holidays and watching all the latest sporting action instead of partying, head to Jollies Bar, as it has a huge Sky TV screen.

Shopping in Agios Nikolaos

Wednesday morning market: Aside from the usual souvenir and beachwear shops, on Agios Nikolaos holidays you’ll discover a morning market held in the square every Wednesday morning. Although the market is mainly focused on offering fresh produce (which is still a delight to see), you could pick up a variety of dry goods here too that you could bring back from holidays in Agios Nikolaos as a memento. Of particular note is the thyme honey. Thyme is quite prevalent in the countryside surrounding Agios Nikolaos, and so the honey the bees create here has a sweet hint of thyme.

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