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Agios Nikolaos

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Agios Nikolaos is a city in Crete.

For other places with the same name, see Agios Nikolaos (disambiguation).

Get in[edit]

Agios Nikolaos (Crete) is about 40 miles from Herakleion Airport (HER). The journey time is 45 - 60 minutes by car or taxi.

By Bus[edit]

Local bus service with modern air conditioned buses [9].

By Ferry[edit]

Major ferry lines operate to the port of Herakleion, connecting with bus services at the main bus station near to the port. Ferries run directly to the town via LANE lines [10] from Pireaus and Rhodes. Frequent ferry lines operate to the port of Sitia as well.

By plane[edit]

The distance from Heraklion airport to Agios Nikolaos is about 40 miles and from Sitia airport 42 miles.

Get around[edit]

By Bus: Local bus service with modern air conditioned buses [11].

Elounda, Kritsa, Sitia, Heraklion (and from there, Knossos), Malia and Hersonnisos are easily accessed with a regular bus service which is very good value.

Scooters: Readily available. Wearing of crash helmets is compulsory. Do not ruin your holiday by receiving a large fine.

Quads: Not designed for use on road. Cause traffic congestion and impatience leading to many accidents and occasional deaths. Think very carefully before hiring one and using it on the roads.

Car Hire: You will not normally need a 4 x 4 to negotiate the roads, most of which are sealed. Some places and rental properties are less accessible. Beware of damage to the underside of the hire car on rough tracks.

  • Go Rent a Car, 34, 1770 Str Heraklion 71202‎, +30 2810 300865 (, fax: 0030 2810 3008667), [1]. 07:00-24:00. 20.  edit

Taxis: Excellent value. Invariably will be a large, clean and air-conditioned Mercedes. Most drivers speak basic English and have none of the bad habits of many Med taxi drivers (loud local music, smoking en route etc).

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There are boat trips up the coast to see Barbarossa's cave and the old leper colony (formerly a Venetian fortress) of Spinalonga, which are fascinating and amazing value (do not spend more than 10 euros, there is no need) and usually include an ocean swim.

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Go to Almyros beach, a long sandy beach with a cold water stream entering the sea at the southern end. Perfect for a cooling paddle if the heat gets too much. About a 20 minute walk from the town center but worth every step! Alternatively, a taxi from the town center will only cost you about €8.

If it is windy, consider a pebble beach rather than a sand beach, of which there is no shortage.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Locally produced fruit and vegetables at the market on Wednesday morning. The tomatoes are superb.

Thyme honey. The bees here take the pollen from hyme and the subtle flavur is transferred to the honey.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are a good selection of restaurants and tavernas in the town, ranging from the small and friendly "Grigoris" to the superb "Mediterraneo" on the harbour.

Meze restaurants worth visiting are "Barko" which provides a modern slant on traditional dishes and "Chyssofillis" on Kitroplatia. Just around the corner is "9 Muses", a modern restaurant /cafe bar which is popular with local residents. The recently opened "Piato" near Ammoudi beach is an excellent contemporary meze restaurant. Near the taxi rank by tourist information is "Embassy".

For more northern European tastes, "Obelix" is a Dutch operated restaurant near Ammoudi beach which serves large portions with a daily special for variety.

  • Psaraki (Ψαρακι), Laki Voulismeni, 28410-24025, [2]. 10am - 2:45 am. Opened in 2009, Psaraki hails as one of Agios Nikolaos top new restaurants. Modern & minimalist style, Mediterranean-New Hellenic cuisine, extensive wine list and authentic & perfect cocktails. moderate. (35° 11' 26 N,25° 43' 2 E) edit
  • Avli Taverna (Αυλή Ταβέρνα), Prigipos Georgiou 12, 28410 82479, [3]. 12:00 am - 01:00 am. Restaurant - Tavern in Agios Nikolaos. The best choice of tradional Cretan cooking, Fresh "MEZE and wine from our barrel in our green garden. Welcome ... a taste of Crete... moderate. (34° 59' 38 N,25° 5' 34 E) edit
  • Lindien (Lindien), Akti Papanikolaou Pagalou 4, 28413 00876, [4]. 12:00 am - 01:00 am. Restaurant in Agios Nikolaos. Indian cuisine. moderate. (35° 11' 20 N,25° 43' 15 E) edit

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Modern cafe bars on the right of the harbour include "Molto" and "En Plo". "Jukebox" and "Baja Mar" are popular with young locals. Yiannis Rock Bar is an institution and was formerly the haunt of rock stars such as Ozzie Osbourne, U2 and Jimmy Page. Further on, around the corner, you will find "Per Diletto" - a new addition to the town but already proving popular.

"Puerto" is popular with the young locals and 25th March Street (25 Martiou) is busy at weekends with many of the local student population. Don't be misled by old tales about this street being the hub of the night life for tourists. It is entirely "Greek" and if you don't want to hear modern Greek music you will be in the wrong place.

The only bar that has survived the change in tourist tastes over the last few years is "Alexandros" - a rooftop garden bar which has a small dance floor. The bar formerly known as "Aquarius" is now under new management and is called "The Zep".

Also Toedeledokie Bar-Cafe is 14 years open, situated in between Coral and Hermes Hotel, candle light and good music, a perfect place to meet friends.

If you enjoy sport coverage, the small but friendly "Sky Bar" is near to the Marina - you're guaranteed a friendly welcome here.

  • cindys harbour bar (cindys), koraka 6 agios nikolaos (at the back of taxi rank), 28410 28157. 1pm-2am. established 2006 ..The only English owned and managed bar left in town.More suited to the older generation and best value around the harbour.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Youth Hostel Regina, Theotokopoulou 13-15, +30-(0)841-26770, [5]. Youth hostel. 15 euros.  edit
  • Afroditi Apartments”, Makry Gialos, 72055 Ierapetra Lasithi (located just 100 m from Makry Gialos Beach in Crete), +30 6944735262, [6]. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. Guests can relax by their private balcony or veranda and view to the sea, the garden or the pool. The self-catered rooms feature a balcony overlooking the bay and the well-tended garden. All studios and apartments are air-conditioned and feature a satellite LCD TV. Kitchenettes include a fridge and dining area. Breakfast is also available. from 46 euro/day. (35.0388374,25.9725857) edit
  • Minos Beach art hotel [12]Deluxe Hotel. Tel: +30 28410 22345.
  • Candia Park Village [13]Family Hotel. Tel. +30 28410 26811.
  • Artemis Beach Hotel[14] The Artemis Beach Hotel offer single, double and triple rooms to let with sea view located 200m from Havania beach in Agios Nikolaos.

Also does hot snacks and has a quiz night on sunday evenings.Free internet and very friendly bar

  • Saint Nicolas Bay Resort, Thessi Nissi P.O. Box 47, Gr-72100 Aghios Nikolaos Crete, Greece, +30 28410 90200, [7]. The St. Nicolas Bay Resort and Villas is an upscale luxury hotel on Crete in a secluded beachfront location on the way from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda.  edit
  • Sensimar Minos Palace (Minos Palace), Ag. Nikolaos, 72 100 Crete, Greece, [8]. The 5 star Sensimar Minos Palace 360° sea view resort is one of the best resorts in Crete near Agios Nikolaos & Elounda  edit

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