Aghios Nikolaos: Town and surroundings
The town of Aghios Nikolaos has taken its name from the Byzantine church devoted to Saint Nicholas. The town lies 68 km from the capital of Crete, Heraklion. 37 km from Ierapetra and 72 km from Sitia.
The lake of Aghios Nikolaos creates a romantic atmosphere day and night and adds to the magic of the town. A myth was created years back that the lake is bottomless but the truth is that it is impressive depth counts to 64 meters.
The Archeological Museum of Aghios Nikolaos is the second place of importance in Crete as far as size and findings is concerned. Constitutes one of the town’s adornments and it originated back in 1969 and houses findings from the New Stone Age until the end of the roman times.
SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, CAFES
The city of Aghios Nikolaos has numerous restaurants by the lake and around the coast where you can enjoy the Greek and Cretan specialties as well as international cuisine. Furthermore, it has many shops with souvenirs and local artifacts as well as shops with fashion and brand clothes in very reasonable prices.
Opening hours for shops are:
Mon, Wed, Sat 8.30 – 14.00
Tue, Thu, Fri 8.30 – 14.00 and 17.30 – 20.30
Souvenir shops and shops in tourist center are open daily and all day long. Elegant cafes add to entertainment and in some of them you can have Internet access necessary for anyone nowadays.
For those who wish to spend some energy and have fun there are excellent night clubs and music halls. For those who are more romantic an open-air cinema within a beautiful garden setting with popular and up to date movies can be the answer for the night.
Furthermore various musical events with traditional Cretan music as well as popular are organized by the lake at the open-air Theater.