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Aghios Nikolaos

Holiday Villas in Aghios Nikolaos Resort

Staying in Aghios Nikolaos gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the laid-back Greek lifestyle. The town is centred around Lake Voulismeni where, according to myth, the goddess Athena used to bathe. It’s still a popular spot and you can spend your time browsing the boutiques before trying the local cuisine at any of the tavernas overlooking the lake. If you prefer something more active, there are plenty of watersports facilities at the nearby Blue Flag beaches. To discover more about the area’s history, there are 2 museums to visit, or you can take a boat to the island of Spinalonga, once part of the Venetian empire.

Exploring Aghios Nikolaos On Villa Holidays

The Wednesday market in Aghios Nikolaos offers the freshest fruit and vegetables from local producers along with all manner of household items and clothing. The boutiques in Aghios Nikolaos cater for all budgets and there are various jewellery shops as well as shops selling hand turned olive wood items, herbs and spice mixes. There's also a supermarket for daily essentials and BBQ supplies for your villa holiday.

Aghios Nikolaos has many restaurants and tavernas to choose from - you can dine somewhere different every night! Sophisticated restaurants serving international cuisine with equally impressive wine lists sit alongside authentic Greek tavernas offering delicious homemade dishes, typical of Crete. The town is centred around Lake Voulismeni where can sample local cuisine at the tavernas overlooking the lake. After dinner, take a leisurely stroll around the harbour and stop at any of the waterside bars for a drink and to view the stars over the Mediterranean Sea.

Almyros, Ammos and Ammoudara are some of the most popular sandy beaches here, where sunbeds and umbrellas are available for hire. Small beachside cafes and tavernas provide drinks and snacks if you don't want to take a picnic with you. The white sand beach of Voulisma is a 15 minute drive south of Aghios Nikolaos and is renowned for being particularly attractive with shallow turquoise waters.

Children are well-catered for, with a choice of fun family attractions in the surrounding areas. Water City waterpark is around an hour’s drive away and has various water based rides and pools for all ages. There are also 2 aquariums as well as horse riding facilities within 50 minutes by car, heading further west along the coast towards Hersonissos.

Aghios Nikolaos has archaeology and ethnological museums which will help you learn more about the incredible history of Crete. You can also take a day trip into Heraklion, an hour's drive away, where you'll find the Heraklion Archaeological Museum of Crete and the Natural History Museum. There are also beautiful churches including the Cathedral of St Minas. A short drive south of Heraklion is the archaeological site of the ruined Palace of Knossos, the first capital city of Crete. The palace is associated with several of Greece's most well-known legends including the Labyrinth and the Minotaur, and Daedalus and Icarus.

Top of many visitors’ lists is the island of Spinalonga. You can catch a boat to the island from Aghios Nikolaos and explore its fascinating history and beautiful architecture. The island was originally used as a look out for invaders during the Turkish occupation and later became a leper colony. Spinalonga was used as the setting for Victoria Hislop's bestselling novel, The Island and its sequel, One August Night.