About Aghios Nikolaos, Crete

Where better than Aghios Nikolaos to arrive by sea? This pretty, traditional fishing port was named after St Nicholas, patron saint of sailors. Set in beautiful Mirabello Bay, Crete's largest natural bay, it was supposedly 'discovered' by some famous movie directors in the 60s. They were a little slow. About 4,000 years too slow, as it happens. Ag Nik - as it's affectionately known - actually dates back to the Bronze Age.

It manages to seem small, sleepy and familiar but cosmopolitan, arty and vibrant all at once. (Maybe that's why Daphne du Maurier set Not After Midnight in the town?).

Aghios Nikolaos has three seafronts for you to explore - the lake and port, Kitroplatia beach and the Marina. Each different. Each providing plenty of places to relax and refresh. Simply shop until you're ready to drop into a pavement café, taverna or fine-dining restaurant. And nothing beats a Cretan Meze! Enjoy olive paté, sun dried tomatoes, cheeses, fish, seafood and yoghurt with local honey. All washed down with Cretan wine or traditional raki.

Now, ready to stroll it off? Try ancient Priniatikos Pyrgos, the 7th century Byzantine chapel of St Nicholas or on the island of Spinalonga, a former Venetian fortress.


Shore excursions in Aghios Nikolaos

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