Agios Nikolaos, or just Agios as the locals call it, dominates the beautiful Merabello Bay, named for the beautiful view (mira bella) of the sea from the town, on the northeast coast of Lassithi.
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 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 or Ammoudara and Istron.
The sea in Agios Nikolaos is superb and the surrounding area of the city is noted for its sandy beaches and beautiful bays – Kitroplateia, Ammos beach, EOT beach and Ammoudi are within walking distance from the city center.
The landmark of the city is definitely the small lake, known as “Voulismeni” that is located in the center of the city, at the foot of the cliffs.
The city is named after the small Byzantine church of Agios Nikolaos, located on the peninsula. The church has fine frescoes from the 8th, 10th and 11th century.