The varied ocean-view experiences are probably why sleepy Agios Nikolaos first began attracting visitors in the 60s, and quickly developed into a tourist town. But these days things are calmer and this town, of all of Crete has the best blend of cosmopolitan liveliness and seaside peace which is reflected in the best places to stay in Agios Nikolaos.
Agios Nikolaos is set around a charming harbour, once the heart of the place when it was a fishing village, which opens into a deep lake just behind a narrow inlet. This peaceful 'lake' gives Agios Nikolaos reams of additional seafront lined by cafes, bars and tavernas. The actual seafront also has a long stretch of sandy beach, so this is one of the few places on Crete where you'll find a beach right in the centre of town. And then there's the marina.
If you're looking for accommodation recommendations go straight to our guru's list of the best places to stay in Agios Nikolaos. Otherwise here are some of the town's highlights, and some of the best places to stay in Agios Nikolaos to enjoy them.
As well as the sandy/ shingly bit of coastline at the centre of town, Agios Nikolaos has some pretty spectacular beaches.
Spinalonga Island makes for an excellent day trip from Agios Nikolaos, it's unoccupied now, but its ancient Venetian fortifications and pebbly beaches were once home to a leper colony - which only closed down in the 60s.
Agios Nikolaos is also close enough to the ruins at Knossos, Phaestos, Gortyna and the Samaria Gorge to take day trips from here.
Still not sure which to book? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Agios Nikolaos, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively check out our full listing for Crete.
Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Set in an out-of-this-world location right on the Cretan seafront. A collection of understated luxury rooms and bungalows elegantly decorated with simple white walls and furnishings and minimalist artworks. Excellent mediterranean dishes are served up in the restaurants. Ideal for totally relaxing.
Agios Nikolaos, Crete
Low-rise garden resort with immaculate seaside grounds. Rooms with floaty linen curtains have excellent sea views from their large glass windows. Suites and private villas have personal pools. A good selection of bars and restaurants. Explore the surrounding islands or simply lie back and relax.
Luxury beach resort just minutes from Agios Nikolaos. Sumptuous suites and villas with cool contemporary interiors and fabulous sea views, and many with their own private pool. Private sandy beach, and fantastic facilties for all the family including luxury spa and kids club.