Kritsa is a beautiful small village in the mountain foothills, with narrow winding lanes and plenty of character. Renowned for the skill of the local weavers and embroiderers is also famous for its picture-postcard whitewashed atmosphere and mountain scenery. This village was also chosen as the movie set for Italian – French production “He Who Must Die” in 1957, based on the novel “Christ Recrucified” by Nikos Kazantzakis, the well known Cretan author.
Occupied since Minoan times, this village has a fascinating history including the freedom fighting female leader Thriliki Kritsopoula, who died in the Battle of Kritsa in 1823 fighting against the occupation by the Turks. Many pleasant hours can be enjoyed in this lovely village , in the local cafes, craft and art boutiques and taking in the views over the surrounding valleys and olive groves, over to Thripti mountains.
Shopping is fun in Agios Nikolaos -. A stroll in the shops is always a pleasure. Stores sell unique traditional Cretan art copies from the local archaeological museums, jewels and impressive embroidery. They also sell local products and delicacies that dazzle everyone’s palate. The town is filled with traditional coffee shops that serve local dishes and raki.
The lake, the town’s jewel is known for its many legends , according to one of which , Athena and Artemis are bathing in its waters. The lake becomes one with the sea through a narrow canal and is surrounded by red rock formations and lush vegetation.
Agios Nikolaos is equally magical at night. There are numerous bars, with a relaxed atmosphere around the lakeand bars with loud music, that attract the younger crowds. The town of Agios Nikolaos is a beautiful place with open hearted people!