Port of Call  Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Cruise ship docked at Agios Nikolaos, Crete. The town has a friendly, cosmopolitan atmosphere, a postcard-perfect marina, buzzy nightlife and some wonderful beaches.

Agios Nikolaos Shore Excursions

Voulismeni Lake, Agios Nikolaos

Voulismeni Lake,  Agios Nikolaos

Voulismeni Lake, supposedly bottomless, is located in the center of Agios Nikolaos town, at the foot of some cliffs. It is a lagoon linked to the sea by a narrow canal. According to the mythology, the goddess Athena used to bathe in the lake. It is an especially picturesque site with many open-air cafes and restaurants along the banks.

Agios Nikolaos church

Agios Nikolaos church

Agios Nikolaos church, a small Byzantine chapel contains superb frescoes from the eighth, and tenth centuries and is a rare example of an early Byzantine church.

Agios Nikolas Promenade

Agios Nikolas Promenade

There is a lovely promenade along the seafront and most of the Voulismeni lake, ideal for a gentle stroll.

Almiros Beach

Almiros Beach

A mile south of Agios Nikolaos is Almiros beach, widely considered to be the area's best beach. It's sandy, relatively quiet, and well protected from the winds. There are regular buses from the town centre. An alternative is Kitroplatias Beach, just ¼ mile south east from the cruise port, an easy walk.

Knossos Palace

Knossos Palace

Knossos Palace is where the fearsome Minotaur is said to have lurked. The palace is the legacy of a civilization dating back to 4000 B.C., when the Minoan empire flourished on the island of Crete. According to Greek mythology, the palace was designed by famed architect Dedalos with such complexity that no one placed in it could ever find its exit. Explore the complex ruins to find the Hall of the Royal Guard decorated with frescoes and shields houses , the Hall of the Double Axes, the King's Chamber with the alabaster throne, the Queen's Apartment, and yet more beautiful courtyards and shrines. The palace, situated just outside the town of Iraklion, is about 20 miles from Agios Nikolaos.

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