Information & Facts
The area around the Agios Nikolaos resort is ideal for hiking,
and the coastline lends itself to the pursuit of all kinds of
watersports to appeal to just about every kind of holiday visitor.
Almyros Beach, a 20-minute walk from town, is pleasant and sandy,
and there are a number of pebble beaches to choose from on windy
days. The various hotels in the resort have swimming pools,
basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. The town council
organises a programme of cultural events each summer season.
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.
Restaurants and tavernas down by the harbour tend to be pricy
and party animals will be disappointed with the limited nightlife
options in Agios Nikolaos.
Ágios Nikólaos used to be famous for its bar culture when
thousands of holidaymakers would flock here every year for a good
party. Today, it still maintains a few 'touristy' bars serving up
the traditional mix of 80s disco music, and a couple of
British-style pubs and sports bars. The more modern and relaxed
café bars on the south side of the harbour tend to attract more
customers nowadays and are popular with the locals as well as
The Agios Nikolaos lake area is full of tourist-orientated
tavernas that charge more for the location than the quality of the
food. Aggressive waiters will often try to pull you into the
restaurants on the lake and firm 'No' is often required. 9 Muses,
Psaraki and Knossos Taverna are consistently good. For meze (small
dishes of different foods) Xryssofilo (Kitroplatia) is hard to
beat. For northern European variety try Obelix, a Dutch run
restaurant near Ammoudi beach.
Good clothing and shoe shops, as well as high-quality jewellery
stores are available in Agios Nikolaos and holidaymakers won't be
disappointed. The street market (Wednesdays from 7am to 12pm) is a
good place to rummage with the locals for clothes and bargains. The
top end of the market is a great place to buy traditional
foodstuffs and local thyme honey, herbs, fruit and vegetables.