Welcome to Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos (or Áyios Nikólaos), about 43 miles (69km) east
of Heraklion, was formerly known as a holiday destination for
package-tour groups but is now a cosmopolitan resort with high
standards of harbour-side café-bars and top quality restaurants.
The night clubs and karaoke bars are a thing of the past in this
relaxed, yet busy, town.
Ideal for couples of all ages, Agios Nikolaos is an excellent
base from which to explore the eastern part of the island while on
holiday. The town itself does not boast any major historical or
archaeological sites, but it does have one major curiosity: the
deep pool in the environs of the harbour, called Lake Voulismeni,
has many tales and legends attached to it, and was once believed to
Ágios Nikólaos also has a fine Archaeological Museum, worth
visiting while on holiday for its growing collection of Minoan
artefacts. The museum houses finds from the cemetery of Aghia
Photia, dating back to 2300 BC, including more than 1,500 vases.
Besides all the Minoan finds the museum also has the skull of a
young Roman athlete wearing a gold olive-leaf wreath, dated to the
1st century AD.
Many visitors on holiday in Ágios Nikólaos take the excursions
to the fortified islet of Spinalónga to see the ruins of, and hear
the fascinating story of what became the last leper colony in
Information & Facts
Greek is the national language, but English is widely
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents.
Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers
cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are
widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient
method of obtaining euros.