Agios Nikolaos is 65 kilometres east of Heraklion.
Agios Nikolaos, or just Agios as the locals call it, dominates the beautiful Merabello Bay, on the northeast coast of Lassithi Prefecture in East Crete.
Agios Nikolaos has a population of 10,000. Though small, it is the second largest town in Lassithi Prefecture, the easternmost prefecture of Crete.
Agios Nikolaos was one of the first towns in Crete to feel the effects of tourist development, and the famous lake of Agios Nikolaos, around which the town centre is built, continues to impress visitors.
Agios Nikolaos is ideal for everyone, young and old, singles, couples and families, explorers and those who would rather spend their holidays on the beaches of Agios Nikolaos and other places nearby, such as Elounda to the north or Ammoudara and Istron to the south.
Tourist development almost disappears away from the coast, with the exception of Kritsa, a village whose traditional atmosphere draws large numbers of visitors.
This means that there are many opportunities for people who come to Agios Nikolaos on holiday wanting to explore non-touristy areas of East Crete, either by rented car or on organised daytrips.
Every visitor should bear in mind that Agios Nikolaos is a small town. If you don’t like the fact that you will get to see everything there is to see quite quickly, avoid planning a long stay here.
You should also avoid Agios Nikolaos if you’re looking for the wild nightlife of Hersonissos, Malia or Platanias. There is some nightlife in Agios Nikolaos and you’ll certainly have a good time here, but you won’t have the unlimited options of the other resorts.