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Agios Nikolaos

The reception of Vangelis villas offers all kind of information about Crete, Agios Nikolaos and what you can do during your stay here.

You can choose one of the trips we recommend the one that suits you best. We can also make all the arrangements for car or motorbike rentals.
Maria and Manolis the owners, is always at your disposal offering any kind of help in order to make your stay here unforgettable.

For those who enjoy the atmosphere of a small town, Agios Nikolaos, the main town lies to the west just a 10 minute drive. With its shady avenues, its picturesque harbour lined with shops, cafes, bars and tavernas and of course the breathtaking inner harbour Voulismeni, which, tradition has it, is bottomless, it offers a different perspective of the Cretan lifestyle.

The harbour shelters both caiques and fishing boats which run out to Spinalonga island, the abandoned yet evocative leper colony. Driving a little further along the gulf of Mirabello will reveal Elounda, Crete’s famous resort.

From Ag. Nikolaos you can also choose to head towards the village of Kritsa, famous for its weaving. In this direction its worth stopping to marvel at the beautiful frescoes in the Byzantine church of Panayia Kera, the oldest in the whole of Crete, or to visit the Greco-Roman city of Lato perched high in the hills.

Seekers of an authentic taste of Crete can drive even higher on the mountains towards the Plateau of Katharo in an amazingly beautiful route, as the extra ordinary nature here blends with the majestic sight of the huge Gulf, itself backed by the dramatically soaring mountains of Sitia.

More surprises await explorers who decide to move east, towards Sitia or Ierapetra, two towns hardly affected by the evasion of tourism. Just a few minutes drive away, a first stop in the Minoan town of Gournia offers some glimpses to the past. Driving further along the Gulf under the imposing sight of the Gorge of Ha, the road climbs up the mountains of Sitia and a glorious panorama unfolds before your eyes. Again the options seem unlimited. You can choose to visit Mochlos where fresh fish is guaranteed or explore a little further away the fertile, full of trees and running water villages.