Introduction to Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Agios Nikolaos, the capital of Crete’s Lasithi region, is a historic fishing town situated on hilly, rugged terrain overlooking the gorgeous Merabello Bay. While it is a popular tourist spot, the town still retains its familiar Cretan charm and is the perfect place to enjoy a taste of life on the largest of Greece’s beautiful islands.
Built around a pretty lake against a backdrop of imposing red-rock cliffs and tall trees, Agios Nikolaos is one of Crete’s most picturesque towns. A vibrant ‘resort’ throughout the holiday season, the town attracts thousands of visitors every year thanks to its blend of natural beauty, cultural attractions, interesting historic sites and fantastic beaches.
Although Agios Nikolaos appears imposing, with its typically Greek whitewashed buildings towering over Lake Voulisméni and Merabello Bay, it is in fact very easy to explore on foot. Taking a stroll along the town’s tree-lined streets, alleys and boulevards in the Mediterranean sunshine is the best way to take in the attractions. Plenty of bars, shops and restaurants serving fine local cuisine, several charming Byzantine-era churches and interesting archaeological, folklore and national history museums all await discovery. The stunning marina and sandy beach of Ammus are well worth taking the short walk from the town centre to discover too.
In the areas surrounding Agios Nikoloas are a number of fascinating archaeological sites, such as the ancient site of Priniatikos Pyrgos which is believed to date back to circa 3000BC.
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