PLACES TO VISIT NEAR AGIOS NIKOLAOS IN CRETE
Built around the tranquil and picturesque Lake Voulismeni, Agios Nikolaos is a lively shopping and dining destination by day that turns into a buzzing entertainment centre by night. No trip to Agios Nikolaos is complete without a visit to the carefully preserved Byzantine chapel of St Nicholas, built during the 7th century AD.
Elounda is a small seaside town on the southeast side of Crete just a few kilometres away from Plaka. Our favourites here include the fish tavernas with a fresh catch every day by kaiki boat and a swim in the secluded Kolokytha Bay (meaning pumpkin). Elounda was the filming location of the popular BBC series Who Pays The Ferryman? from the 1970s.
Traditionally a fishing village, Plaka has become synonym to the best fish this side of the island. Homemade food and local delicacies are served in the tavernas of this charming village. Uninterrupted views to the island of Spinalonga round off the ultimate experience of the Mirabello Bay by sea and land.
Kritsa is one of the oldest and most picturesque villages on Crete, built amphitheatrically on a rock hill. Just one glance at the endless olive groves in the area and it is easy to see how this tiny village has made a name for itself on the global stage for producing award winning extra virgin olive oil. The narrow streets are filled with little shops where one can find exceptional local products including herbs, honey and olive oil.
A quiet, picturesque village east of the resort best known for the exquisite fish served in the tiny tavernas on the seafront. With views to the Minoan site (5 minute boat ride) and naturally formed pools by the rocks to laze about in, this is the perfect opportunity for a calm day out by the sea.
A charming traditional village which captures the essence of Crete – high up at 520m above sea level and stunning uninterrupted views to the Aegean Sea and the Mirabello Bay. The perfect place to try the local delicacies including the famous sweet cheese pie (myzithropita).