Agios Nikolaos, capital of the Prefecture of Lasithi, is one of the most highly developed tourist towns in Greece. Agios Nikolaos was one of the first towns in Crete to feel the effects of tourist development, and the famous lake of Agios Nikolaos, around which the town centre is built, continues to impress visitors. Agios Nikolaos is a medium-size town with a small-town feel, one that has lots to offer. You can walk and enjoy walking here, you have several distinct waterfronts – you can get to know it quickly and feel familiar with the place, like an old friend.
The history of Agios Nikolaos is marked by its harbour in the Ammoudi area, which is still the commercial port of the town. Agios Nikolaos is ideal for everyone, young and old, singles, couples and families, explorers and those who would rather spend their holidays on the beaches of Agios Nikolaos and other places nearby, such as Elounda to the north or Ammoudara and Istron to the south.
Different to all other towns in Crete, Agios Nikolaos manages to mix upon the three hills which support its girth – an arty, leisurely, sleepy and yet also bustling place. It is an especially picturesque site with many open-air cafes and restaurants along the bank. Small boats leave the harbor to visit the Venetian fortress of Spinaloga, near Elounda . Every summer the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos organizes cultural events, music and dance events, theatrical performances, exhibitions, shows. Also, during the Naval week, artistic swimming, water skiing, wind-surfing contests are organized. Agios Nikolaos was once a small, unimportant agricultural backwater on the north coast of Crete. Today, it’s been transformed into one of the biggest and most well-known holiday destinations of Greece.