The unique summer holidays in Agios Nikolaos
Greece is known all over the world as one of the best places for summer vacations. The warm Mediterranean climate, the beautiful topography of the country and its innumerable islands attract millions of visitors each year. Crete, the so-called Great Island, is the crown jewel of these islands. One of the most beautiful areas of Crete is its eastern part, especially the city and the municipality of Agios Nikolaos.
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The sea dominates the area of the municipality of Agios Nikolaos. Crystal clear waters embrace a stunning coastal relief (the area has one of the largest coastlines of a total length of 109 km) and the seabed’s biodiversity is unique. The municipality of Agios Nikolaos occupies large part of the coastal area of the Gulf of Mirabello which is considered one of the safest places in Crete for swimming as it provides protection from the strong north – northwest winds that blow in the Aegean in the summer months due to its orientation to the east – southeast. The peaceful bay of Elounda, located in the northern part of the Gulf of Mirabello, is considered one of the safest places in Greece for swimming.
These features create the ideal conditions for many activities related to summer and the sea. One of the most popular activities among visitors is sailing. There are dozens of professionals who rent boats and provide excellent services giving you the opportunity to sail in the Gulf of Mirabello towards Elounda and Kalo Chorio but also to neighbouring islands and islands of adjacent municipalities (Kasos, Karpathos, Koufonisi and Chrysi). Sea kayak and SUP provide an interesting alternative to those who want to find small secluded beaches and enjoy the unique coastline. From the lake of Agios Nikolaos you may beach-hop your way to Kalo Chorio. Seawater safety is also a crucial factor that makes these activities suitable for beginners. Others like to windsurf in the areas favoured by the strong summer winds (Chiona beach in Elounda, Ammoudi beach and Karavostasi beach) and many well-trained professionals offer diving lessons and underwater explorations. The area has a lot of wonderful beaches, some of them located within the city (awarded with the Blue Flag). Moreover, in the neighbouring municipality of Sitia, we find the beach and the magnificent palm forest of Vai.
The imposing bay of Mirabello is also ideal for those who seek to escape from everyday life with sailing. The…View More
Diving & Sea kayak
The bay of Mirabello boasts a rare natural marine environmentView More
Windsurfing – Sup
Windsurfing is an exciting sport that combines sailing and surfing. The ideal location of Mirabello Bay offers a unique advantage…View More
The city of Agios Nikolaos is a well-known summer destination and one of the first areas in Greece to enter the global tourist market (the first in Crete) 40 years ago. The city and other areas of the municipality of Agios Nikolaos provide a lot of options for entertainment and an exciting nightlife scene. In the modern bars of the city you may enjoy cocktails based on local products, something really unique. In addition, Elounda is considered one of the most sophisticated places in the world and a large number of luxury five-star hotels offering top quality services are located in the area.
Agios Nikolaos by nightView More
Luxury StayView More
Summer however is also the time of year for the celebrations for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (August 15). It is a particularly important celebration for the area of Agios Nikolaos. In Neapoli, the municipality’s historical capital, a big festival (one of the most important events in Crete) is organized every year in honour of the Virgin Mary Mother of God, which takes place on the large main square of the city next to the imposing church of Megali Panagia. Also, one of the most important pilgrimages in Crete, the pilgrimage to the Holy Monastery of Panagia Faneromeni, takes place in the area. It is no coincidence that many monasteries are found in the northern part of the municipality and the area is nicknamed “Mount Athos of Crete”.
Neapoli, the historic seat of the Municipality, is located in the northwestern part of the Prefecture of Lassithi, the so-called…View More
The metropolitan church of Megali Panagia, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, stands majestically at the northern end…View More
«When we first thought about setting up the 1st Square Festival, we did so on one condition: Focus on high…View More
15th of August in Neapoli
It is the biggest festival in the prefecture and one of the biggest in Crete which forms part of the…View More
Religion always played a pivotal role in Cretan life. The biggest number of monasteries is in the area of Mirabello, which…View More
Crete, especially its central and eastern parts, attracts many wine enthusiasts. The wine tradition of the island dates back to the Antiquity and in recent years substantial progress has been made following the revival of indigenous grape varieties. Many wineries have created state-of-the-art exhibition areas that are open to the public and Crete has become a point of reference in the global wine industry. Vine harvesting and the pressing of the grapes take place in summer (in late August) and it is a period of celebration for winemakers marking the culmination of their efforts.
The excellent climate is reflected on the area’s gastronomy which is largely based on delicious summer vegetables and fruits. Visitors enjoy tasty figs, grapes, cherries, watermelons, melons, apricots and cherry plums (the locals call them “bourneles”) as well as vlita greens and amaranth. A humble Greek salad has such a full flavour that you can hardly find it anywhere else. The open market in Agios Nikolaos attracts thousands of tourists who are interested in buying local products. Summer is also the ideal time to collect thyme, a very wholesome herb that has been used in medicine since ancient times. Local nutrition is one of the most typical examples of the famous Cretan diet which is considered one of the healthiest in the world and has also attracted the interest of scientists.
Open-air market of Agios Nikolaos
Every Wednesday, the famous open-air market of Agios Nikolaos attracts several people to the city who buy fresh local products…View More
The healthy dietary habits and the gastronomy of the Cretans are among their best known characteristics. The ingenuity and simplicity…View More
Cretan culture is all about high quality food and a Cretan feast is characterised by ingenious culinary combinations based on…View More
The high gastronomic potential of the area is also expressed in the numerous festivals that are organized every year. In fact, many of them get their name from one of the products of the area (Almond Festival, Honey Festival, Myzithropita (traditional cheese pie) Festival and many more). In these festivals, visitors are often dazzled by the passion, the vigour and the cheerfulness of the locals who dance until dawn to the sound of the lyre and the lute.
Agios Nikolaos offers a rich selection of cultural events through out the year. Find what’s the next event during your…View More
Honey Festival (Prina)
One of the most famous festivals of the region that takes place in the village of Prina in honour of…View More
Festival of Ftazymo bread
One of the best festivals in the area which takes place in the village of Kroustas in honour of the…View More
Festival of Myzithropita
Also in Kritsa, a festival dedicated to one of the most popular traditional sweets of Crete, the famous myzithropita (myzithra…View More
A famous festival which takes place in the village of Kroustas in honour of the almond. In the broader area…View More
Festival of Fresh Xinochondros (Adrianos)
A festival dedicated to another unique delicacy of the region, the fresh xinochondros. Xinochondros is produced by mixing soured milk…View More
One of the most popular festivals of the region which takes place every summer (usually at the end of July,…View More
Agios Nikolaos invites you to a total summer vacation experience in a wonderful area with unique characteristics and numerous attractions.
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