Destination guide

Sample Crete's cool side in Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos strings along the rugged Cretan coast east of Heraklion like the tiara of an ancient Minoan princess. It has the jewels, with spanking new yachts that bob in its jet-setter marina. It has the class, with bustling fine-dining restaurants and tree-studded promenades. It has the ancestry too, with a clutch of crumbling ancient temples and enthralling Neolithic sites peppering the surrounding hills. Agios Nikolaos holiday rentals are your chance to taste this cool, calm and collected corner of the island, where beaches are plentiful, history is everywhere and there's always time for an aperitif on the edge of the Med.

Things to do

Mystery and folklore in Agios Nikolaos

With a Zorba-esque twirl and a pluck of a Cretan lyre, the Folklore Museum of Agios Nikolaos invites visitors on an odyssey through the age-old traditions of this Greek island. Head there to wonder at everything from Cretan clothes to Byzantine icons and handwoven baskets. The island of Spinalonga is another must, with a mysterious and muscular Venetian fort crowning its top. Prefer to soak up the sun? Be sure to seek out your Agios Nikolaos holiday rental close to Almyros beach. It's a rare sandy addition to Crete's coast, with flapping sun umbrellas and lapping turquoise-blue seas.

Activities

Beaches, markets and more in Agios Nikolaos

Experience buzzing Agios Nikolaos by delving into the Wednesday morning market that sprawls through the narrow streets shooting off the harbour. You'll soon find yourself surrounded by the wonderful aromas of thyme honey and stacks of multi-coloured local veggies. Need to relax? Hit the beaches, which range from pebble coves to sandy stretches and be sure to bring a snorkelling kit to spy out schools of fish in Crete's crystal-clear waters. Why not take a boat trip out to the old Venetian forts and caves that are carved into the coast to the north and south?

Weather

Soaking up the sun in Agios Nikolaos

Crete is not like the rest of Greece and, thanks to its location south of the mainland, you can be sure to find steamy temperatures in Agios Nikolaos from as early as May to as late as October. It's not just strong rakija and rugged folk that this land lays claim to, it also boasts the longest summer in the country. The real sun seekers might want to soak in the 40-degree heat of July and August, which is when Agios Nikolaos holiday rentals close to the beaches are at their most coveted.

Natural features

Green hills and blue seas in Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is a picture of eastern Crete. The town itself, a compact clutch of palm-sprouting marina walks and bougainvillea-dressed roads, is nestled at the foot of sculpted mountains. They're clad in pockets of olive grove and citrus orchard, hiding the occasional hamlet that glimmers with its whitewashed cottages in the distance. The wonderful beaches can't be ignored either. Some are rocky, others are sandy, and all slope down into the Mediterranean, just a short jaunt from the centre.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Agios Nikolaos

Fly into Sitia (JSH), the closest airport, located 21.5 mi (34.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Heraklion (HER-Nikos Kazantzakis), which is 32.3 mi (52 km) away.

How many holiday rentals are available around Agios Nikolaos Town?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 928 holiday lettings around Agios Nikolaos Town. From 325 Villas to 187 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Agios Nikolaos Town?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Agios Nikolaos Town. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Spinalonga Castle: 666 holiday lettings
  • Istro Beach: 813 holiday lettings
  • Port of Agios Nikolaos: 873 holiday lettings
  • Voulisma Beach: 837 holiday lettings
  • Panagia Kera Church: 921 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Agios Nikolaos Town listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Agios Nikolaos Town?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 325 Villas in Agios Nikolaos Town. Our other popular types of Agios Nikolaos Town holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 187 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 294 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 15 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Agios Nikolaos Town?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 494 holiday homes with pool available in Agios Nikolaos Town. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.