Agios Nikolaos Cruises
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. [ReadMoreMob]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.
Crete was the seat of one of the earliest European civilizations, the thriving bronze age Minoan culture which left many impressive artefacts including the fascinating Palace of Knossos, one of the most iconic archaeological sites in the world.
According to mythology, Zeus was hidden by his mother in a cave on Crete from his father, the titan Chronos. Matala Beach, where Zeus is said to have brought the princess Europa, and Yuchtas also have links with Zeus.
An abandoned rocky island of less than 10 hectares, Spinalonga was a leper colony between 1904 and 1907, and also provided the setting for Victoria Hislop's The Island. Amongst the rugged landscapes, visitors can find a charming Orthodox church and an imposing Venetian fortress.