About the Quiet Town with a Lake and Easy Going AttractionsAgios Nikolaos is located a few kilometers East from the capital of Heraklion, however before the 1960's, the town was barely heard of, especially outside of Crete. In the 1960's it was discovered by someone we all know, who made the town the super brand it is today. This was someone drew, produced...the legendary Walt Disney. He fell in love with this little town, and following his lead many cinematographers floating here, who made this town trendy and hip. Later on came the fans, and Agios Nikolaos became the popular vacation town today - a beautiful beach town of the eastern coastline of the Island of Crete.
Successful but modest. This is a calm vacation spot, like the lake that lays here, takes its time slowly. This is a freshwater lake, but due to the stench of its stagnant waters in the 19th century was connected to the sea in 1867.
It is less necessary to talk about nightlife in Agios Nikolaos. Better to talk about the evening life. The evenings are usually focused on walking streets adjacent to the port and the beaches, with bars and taverna on the harbor, endless stores and an atmosphere of freedom and fun.
If Hersonissos and Malia attract the younger and more wild tourists, the nightly entertainment seekers, the alcohol and the hormone-filled clubs, the music and the dancing, Agios Nikolaos is suitable for the older and more relaxed tourists. You will not find noisy parties here into the night, and compared to the noise and hustle and bustle of Hersonissos and Malia, Agios Nikolaos will make help you sleep calmly and relaxed. A quiet, relaxed city for older, more relaxed people.
BeachesThe beaches of Agios Nikolaos are:
Kitroplatia Beach - the main beach near the town center. A well taken of beach near really great tavernas.
Ammos Beach - the town's south beach, near the marina. Ammos means 'sand' in English, named for its great sandy coastline. The beach has sunbathing chairs for rent and nearby restaurants.
Ammoudi Beach - a small beach located in a natural bay and far away from the town's winds. This beach can get crowded, but on a day with strong winds, it is much nicer to swim here, and there are lots of water activities here.