Agios Nikolaos is the capital of the region of Lasithi in East Crete. It’s a beautiful seaside town, popular among tourists all year long for its beaches and the mild climate all year long. There are also countless things to discover near Agios Nikolaos. In our latest Greek travel vlog, we take you on a tour of the best things to do in and around Agios Nikolas.
Here are the places featured in this travel vlog:
Situated on the stunningly beautiful Gulf of Mirabello, on the North-Eastern coast of Crete, Elounda has grown from a pretty little fishing village to a bustling small town. This majestic village is located just 15 minutes away from Agios Nikolas and is a popular vacation spot in its own right. There’s plenty to do here with its beach, little shops and taverna’s that overlook the bay. You must try one of the many tavernas that dot the port. We ate at Lotus Eaters Mediterranean Restaurant. We ordered grilled octopus that was charred perfectly followed by lamb in a spicy red stew.
Not too far from Elounda is Spinalonga, another must visit place while staying in Agios Nikolas. Small boats leave daily from Elounda port and Plaka to this small island. The island served as a military stronghold during Venetian (and later Ottoman) rule and a medieval citadel stands testament to that chapter in the island’s history. In 1904, after the Cretans evicted the Turks from Spinalonga, the islet was transformed into a leper colony, where, by 1913, after Crete became part of Greece, anyone afflicted with the disease was sent. At its peak, the colony comprised nearly 400 inhabitants.It’s hard to imagine that the last leper left in 1957.
Private Boat Cruise
There’s something to be said about just sitting back and letting all the cares of the world fade away as you cruise under the Mediterranean sun. It can be costly, but in our opinion, worth the price. The captain of the boat can plan your day at one of the many snorkeling areas in the region, or you can request to visit areas that interest you. We booked with boattripelounda.gr and we though they provided a great tour of the area at an economical price.
Cretan Olive Oil Farm
Located just outside of Agios Nikolas this farm gives guests the opportunity to learn about local Cretan products. They offer guided experiences of the farms oil production, pottery classes, cooking classes, cheese making and more. The farm is a fun place for all members of the family.
Alymiras or Almiros beach is located 2.5km south of Agios Nikolaos and is the most popular beach of the city. The beach is quite long and very well-organized. It is sandy and the water is shallow and usually calm, making it ideal especially for young children.
Not only does this restaurant have one of the best views in the city, overlooking the lake, the Greek food is equally as good. We’ve ate here a couple of times and enjoyed all dishes on the menu. Be sure to try the fish, croquettes, octopus, and gyros.
This picturesque town is nice to stroll through and we enjoyed lunch at a local taverna right on the main road. We had the Greek salad, stuffed zucchini flowers and pita souvlakis, which were all delicious. After lunch, take the time to browse the small shops of the town.
The Ancient City of Lato
Before heading back Agios Nikolas, take a short drive to the ruins of the ancient city of Lato.
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