Crete tourist guide

The best Polish website dedicated to the Greek island Crete and to a small extent of continental Greece. You will find useful information related to visiting Crete that goes beyond the offer of optional tours. On the website you will also find descriptions of the most interesting places that we visited by visiting this largest Greek island. The content complements the current news, photographs and recipes of Greek cuisine.

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos (Άγιος Νικόλαος) is a small town with less than 20,000 inhabitants. permanent residents (according to statistical data from 2001). This city is the capital of the Lasithi nomos. It is located in the central-eastern part of Crete, about 65 kilometers east of Heraklion . It is one of the first tourist resorts in Crete. Already in 1965, much earlier than in other cities of this island, the first hotel was opened here.

Agios Nikolaos

Currently, Agios Nikolaos does not play such an important role in servicing tourist traffic in Crete, as it did years ago. Despite the fact that the city must now compete with other towns located in this area of ​​Crete (such as Plaka, Elounda , Istro, Kalo Chori), every year thousands of tourists rest here from all corners of Europe.

History

Agios Nikolaos is a place with a very contemporary appearance with a predominance of modern buildings. Unlike other major cities of Crete, it is in vain to find visible remnants of ancient cultures or the presence of Venetians. However, this should not fool you, because the genesis of the Agios Nikolaos origin dates back to the Dorian period, when the port of Lató Etéra, closely related to the ancient town of Lato, was located in this place. From the 3rd century BC up to the 6th century AD Lató Etéra is a dynamically developing center of trade. This status was also maintained during the reign of the Romans and in the early period of Byzantium.

In the 13th century, the port was conquered by the Genoese and the Venetians who renamed it to Porto San Nicolae. In 1206 they built a small fortress, which because of the beautiful view extending from its walls was called Mirambello (a beautiful view). To the present times, no remains of these fortifications survived, the only trace of its presence is the name of the nearby bay, which is still called Mirambello. The Venetian stronghold was at the top of the hill where the prefecture building now stands.




At the time, the Venetians controlled trade and salt mining in the Mediterranean. This raw material was one of the most important ones that were then rotated. Control over the salt trade, which was acquired in the town of Elounda , a few kilometers north, is one of the main tasks of this fortress. Only when the Venetians built a completely new port in the area of ​​Elounda did the importance of Mirambello significantly decrease.

In 1303, Mirambello was ruined by a strong earthquake. In 1537, the fortress was ravaged and destroyed by pirates. In both cases, the fortifications were rebuilt by the Venetians. Ultimately, the fate of Mirmabello was sealed by the Ottoman-Venetian conflict, during which, after a long-lasting siege by Turkish troops, the remains of the destroyed fortress were blown up by the retreating Venetians.

During the Turkish occupation, the city clearly loses its importance until it is completely abandoned. During this period, however, the port is still being used, and abandoned buildings (including churches) are used as warehouses for goods transported from this region of Crete.



Only at the end of the Turkish occupation, after the uprising in 1866, people began to return to this town. Several people from Sfaki, merchants from eastern Crete and people from nearby Kritsa , are the first inhabitants of the ruined Mandraki village. It is this place that created the foundations of modern Agios Nikolaos. The main source of income for the then Mandraki residents was the sale of citrus fruit. The importance of this trade for the development of Agios Nikolaos, let it be that the central district of this place is called Kitroplateia (Plac Cytrusów).

What to see

One of the most characteristic places of this city is the Voulismeni lake located in the central place of Agios Nikolaos. Currently, this basin forms a natural haven for small fishing boats that moor along its shores. Until 1870, when the canal connecting the lake and the sea was dug, Voulismeni was an independent freshwater reservoir. According to the legend, the goddess Athena took baths in this place. The picturesque location of thisa small lake, which on the one hand is surrounded by steep rocks, made many taverns, cafes and restaurants on its opposite bank. You can taste all kinds of Greek specialties here and relax by refreshing yourself with a real frappe.

Agios Nikolaos

It is also worth delving into the thicket of narrow downtown streets, which are surrounded by dense buildings. Strolling around this part of the city you can certainly find many charming corners and interesting details. Some streets have been turned into a pedestrian street, along which there are a lot of taverns, cafes and shops, which, unfortunately, mostly offer typical tourist trash (made in china), but you will also find stores specializing in the sale of local products. You can easily buy things such as Cretan honey, olive oil, the highest quality spices, ceramics, gold jewelry or olive wood products.



Near the Lake Voulismeni there is the Folklore Museum presenting local crafts. In seven halls of the small Archaeological Museum, items from the Neolithic period to the end of the Greco-Roman period were staged. One of the best-known exhibits that are exhibited here is the skull of a man (most likely athletes) with a gold laurel wreath and a silver coin intended for a fee for crossing the Styx River.

Agios Nikolaos is also an excellent starting point for exploring the eastern region of Crete. In close proximity to this city are excavations of the ancient city of Lato and Kritsa , or the most famous village of Crete. It is also worth visiting the Byzantine church of Panga Kera located just off the road leading to Kritsa . About 10 kilometers north of Agios Nikolaos lies the picturesque town of Elounda with the remains of the ancient city of Elous . From Elounda, just like from Agios Nikolaos, there are ships transporting tourists to Spinalonga, a former island of lepers, and now one of the major tourist attractions of this region of Crete.

Unfortunately, Agios Nikolaos can not boast of such good beaches as some of the cities of Crete. By far the largest and the best is the Ammos beach, which, according to its name (amnos means sand) is sandy. This beach is located behind the marina in the south-east of Agios Nikolaos.

Agios Nikolaos

People who want to spend their free time more actively can rent equipment for diving in a small marina, which is located in the Coral Hotel below the street leading along the coast. There is also a small concrete platform on which are sun loungers for rent. It's hard to call it a beach, and rather we do not recommend recreation in this place.

How to get

Agios Nikolaos is located roughly halfway between Heraklion and Sitia. The easiest way to get to this city is by driving the New National Road. Agios Nikolaos is also well connected with the Ierapetra located in the south. These cities are connected by a road that runs through the narrowest part of Crete. In this place the island is only a dozen kilometers wide. Until recently, Agios Nikolaos also had a sea connection with mainland Greece, but currently there are no flights to Piraeus.

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Interesting places on Crete

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Malia
Malia

Malia

Information about one of the more known tourist cities of Crete, or about Malia. Description of attractions located in the city of Malia and a description of the specificity of this town.

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Kritsa
Kritsa

Kritsa

Kritsa is one of the largest villages in Crete. The village has a lot of shops with local crafts.

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Lasithi
Lasithi

Lasithi

The Lasithi Plateau is located about 70 kilometers from the capital of Crete - Heraklion. The average height at which the terrain of this plateau is located is 840 m above sea level.

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Dikte Cave
Dikte Cave

Dikte Cave

One of the tourist attractions eagerly visited by people spending their holidays in Crete is the Dikte (Psychro) cave. The main factors that attract people to this cave are a rich and varied dripstone robe and a close connection with mythology.

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Panagia Kera
Panagia Kera

Panagia Kera

Among the olive groves in the place called Logari, which is less than a kilometer from the village of Kritsa, there is a small Byzantine church of Panagia Kera from the 13th-14th centuries.

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Stalida
Stalida

Stalida

Stalida is located directly along the coast and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Crete, which definitely comes alive with the advent of the tourist season

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Gorge Ha
Gorge Ha

Gorge Ha

Most people crossing the route between Agios Nikolaos and Ierapetra will definitely notice the large crack which is marked by the mountain located east of this road. This majestic geological creation called Ha was probably created as a result of an earthquake.

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Xerokambos
Xerokambos

Xerokambos

Xerokambos is a small settlement in which you will find literally several taverns, and most of the buildings are single-storey and one-story houses. The big advantage of this beach is a gentle sandy descent to the sea.

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Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos (Άγιος Νικόλαος) is a small town with less than 20,000 inhabitants. permanent residents (according to statistical data from 2001). This city is the capital of the Lasithi nomos.

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Elounda
Elounda

Elounda

Although Elounda seems to be a sleepy fishing town to this day, however, appearances should not fool you, because this town and its surroundings can boast of probably the largest number of the best hotels.

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Elounda
Elounda

Elounda

Although Elounda seems to be a sleepy fishing town to this day, however, appearances should not fool you, because this town and its surroundings can boast of probably the largest number of the best hotels.

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Stalida
Stalida

Stalida

Stalida is located directly along the coast and is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Crete, which definitely comes alive with the advent of the tourist season

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Lato
Lato

Lato

The ancient city of the LATO can be found near the charming village of Krista near Agios Nikolaos.

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Gournia
Gournia

Gournia

It is recognized that Gournia was inhabited between 3000 BC. 1,200 BC and is one of the few cities unearthed to a large extent.

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Zakros
Zakros

Zakros

Zakros is the fourth-largest Minoan palace in Crete in importance and size. This latest found, built on the east coast of the island is located in the village of Káto Zákros.

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zakros
zakros

zakros

Zakros is the fourth-largest Minoan palace in Crete in importance and size. This latest found, built on the east coast of the island is located in the village of Káto Zákros.

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Palace in Malia
Palace in Malia

Palace in Malia

The first palace was built around 1900 BC. in the place where there was a quite impressive settlement whose remains were later transformed into the central part of the city.

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Moni Toplou
Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou (Μονή Τοπλού) also called as The Great Monastery is one of the most beautiful and important monasteries in Crete.

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Moni Toplou
Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou

Moni Toplou (Μονή Τοπλού) also called as The Great Monastery is one of the most beautiful and important monasteries in Crete.

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Mochlos
Mochlos

Mochlos

Mochlos is a small town located roughly halfway between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia.

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Vai
Vai

Vai

O Vai zrobiło się głośno, gdy w latach 70-tych na tle palmowego gaju nakręcono reklamę kokosowych batoników Bounty.

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Spinalonga
Spinalonga

Spinalonga

This inconspicuous little island located about 5 km from the center of Elounda is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Crete.

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Trypitos
Trypitos

Trypitos

When heavy equipment entered the promontory near Sitia, no one expected that this area contained the ruins of the Hellenic city.

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Richtis
Richtis

Richtis

The abundance of water and shade mean that even at the peak of the tourist season, this place is full of lush vegetation.

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Chamaizi
Chamaizi

Chamaizi

At the top of a cone-shaped hill called Souvloto Mouri, the remains of an unusual building with a unique oval shape were discovered.

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Moni Toplou Winery
Itanos
Itanos

Itanos

The ruins of the ancient city of Itanos are located at the eastern tip of Crete, less than 3 kilometers north of the famous palm beach of Vai. Although there are also nice beaches at Itanos, unlike its well-known neighbor, this place does not attract crowds. There are either accidental stray tourists or excavation enthusiasts here.

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Roussolakos
Roussolakos

Roussolakos

Just over 2 km from Palekastro, next to Chiona beach, there is a large archaeological site called Roussolakos

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Roussolakos
Roussolakos

Roussolakos

Just over 2 km from Palekastro, next to Chiona beach, there is a large archaeological site called Roussolakos

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Ierapetra
Ierapetra

Ierapetra

Ierapetra (Ιεράπετρα) is the fourth largest city of Crete and also the largest town located in the Lassithi prefecture.

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Diaskari - Green Beach
Diaskari - Green Beach

Diaskari - Green Beach

Diaskari Beach, also known as Green Beach, is less than 3 km from Makry Gialos.

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Koufonissi - cruise to the island
Koufonissi - cruise to the island

Koufonissi - cruise to the island

Koufonissi is a small island in the Libyan Sea, located just a stone's throw from the southern coast of Crete.

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Makry Gialos
Makry Gialos

Makry Gialos

Makry Gialos is one of the less-appreciated tourist destinations in Crete.

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Sitia
Sitia

Sitia

Less than 10,000 population of Sitia makes the city the smallest in Crete. Some even go a step further and say perversely that it is rather the largest village of Crete.

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gość mirek
2014-08-21 14:09:18

Kreta

Jest wiele miejsc pięknych na Krecie. To miasteczko (Agios Nikolaos) niewątpliwie do nich należy. Będąc tam w 2011 roku przechadzając się jedną z uliczek zobaczyliśmy z żoną starszego Pana siedzącego w ogródku z rosnącym krzaczkiem na, którym znajdował się jeden mały, żółty owoc. Widząc nasze zainteresowanie tym maleństwem, człowiek wstał zerwał owoc i z uśmiechem na twarzy podał go mojej żonie. Ech ta Kreta, Ci ludzie, żeby u nas było tyle życzliwości, lżej by się żyło.

 

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gość Robert
2014-12-13 09:29:13

Oj tak, zdecydowanie :) Za to kocham Kretę i Kreteńczyków :)

 Daria Magdziak
Daria Magdziak
2015-04-02 18:30:27

miasto jest przepiękne i magiczne! z miłą chęcią wróciłabym tam! :)

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 Katarzyna Widlińska
Katarzyna Widlińska
2015-04-02 18:33:03

Ja także

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 Anna Niewiarowska
Anna Niewiarowska
2015-04-02 18:46:49

Racja ślicznie tam

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 Zbigniew Kreft
Zbigniew Kreft
2015-04-02 18:52:13

piękne miejsce - miasteczko bajka

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 Grecja - moja magiczna przystań
Grecja - moja magiczna przystań
2015-04-02 18:53:48

Oj tak, magiczne miejsce :) Czesto zima odwiedzane przeze mnie :)

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 Krzysztof Pietruszka
Krzysztof Pietruszka
2015-04-02 19:05:12

Super miasteczko

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 Anna Warszawska Gałka
Anna Warszawska Gałka
2015-04-02 20:03:56

Bardzo urokliwe i klimatyczne miasteczko

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 Antonio Dimitropoulos
Antonio Dimitropoulos
2015-04-02 21:12:40

I like vizit crete♥

 Vladimiros Avlastimidis
Vladimiros Avlastimidis
2015-04-03 06:06:06

Moia Kreta

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 Olimpia Konarzewska
Olimpia Konarzewska
2015-04-03 10:11:09

Polecam - piękne miejsce :-)

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 Renata Dzioba
Renata Dzioba
2015-04-08 18:43:34

Bardzo ciekawa strona internetowa :)
Mieszkam w Agios Nikolaos od 22 lat i musze Was pochwalic za interesujace informacje i przydatne,praktyczne opisy.
Jesli bedziecie w okolicy zapraszam na kawe. I ♡ Kreta

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 CRETE - Kreta
CRETE - Kreta
2015-04-08 20:14:19

Niezmiernie nam miło czytać tak miłe słowa :) Dziękujemy za zaproszenie, będziemy o nim pamiętać.

 Amelie Lanneugrasse
Amelie Lanneugrasse
2015-06-09 07:50:13

Wpadam :-P

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gość ala-i-pawel
2015-06-04 20:10:49

Plaże w Agios Nikolaos

Cześć,

zastanawiamy się nad wyjazdem do Agios, hotel Lato na ul. Ammoudi.
Czy wiecie może jak wyglądają plaże w Agios? Google wyświetla masę zdjęć nie koniecznie z Agios... :)

Pozdrawiamy!

 

Piotrek Gęca
Piotrek Gęca
2015-06-04 20:59:02

Plaże w Agios

Cześć,

niestety jeśli chodzi o plaże to Agios Nikolaos pod tym względem nie rozpieszcza. W samym mieście zdecydowana większość wybrzeża to "uregulowana" betonowa linia brzegowa. W kilku miejscach znajdziesz niewielkie kamieniste i często niezbyt urodziwe plaże. Zdecydowanie najlepsza znajduje się we wschodniej części miejscowości i nosi nazwę Ammos: http://www.cretanbeaches.com. Pewnie właśnie dlatego google nie wyświetla zbyt dużo zdjęć plaż z Agios Nikolaos.

Jeśli plaże są dla Ciebie aż tak istotne a chcesz wybrać się w rejon wschodniej Krety to może wybrać np jeden z hoteli znajdujących się w rejonie Istro:
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?city=900039930&aid=818104
albo np w rejonie Eloundy:
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?city=-816961&aid=818104

Pozdrawiam

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gość Asia
2015-06-26 08:20:35

Agios Nikolaos jest bajeczne

Kilka dni temu wróciłam z Krety, zwiedziłam m. in. Agios Nikolaos i potwierdzam jest przepiękne i urokliwe, a Kreteńczycy mili, uprzejmi, sympatyczni i życzliwi

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gość admick
2015-10-25 14:45:28

Wybieram się do Agios w przyszłym roku, mam pytanie czy jest jakieś lokalne biuro podróży z którego można skorzystać wykupując wycieczki fakultatywne? Chciałbym z żoną pozwiedzać Kretę wschodnią (najchętniej miejsca tradycyjne, charakterystyczne oddające klimat tego miejsca) Z góry wielkie dzięki,

 

Pozdrawiam

Piotrek Gęca
Piotrek Gęca
2015-10-25 20:17:19

Niestety mu nie znamy

Admick my niestety nie znamy żadnych biur podróży. Zawsze staramy się być jak najbardziej samodzielni i niezależni. Do tej pory nie zdarzało nam się korzystać z tego typu usług. Może ktoś inny przeglądający stronę będzie mógł Ci pomóc.

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gość zenon
2016-02-20 01:38:09

Fajne plaże w Istron ok 15 km od Agios

Mamy domek w Kalohorio  ok 1 km od Istron ,ale żadko jeżdzimy.

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gość Iwona
2016-02-24 14:52:53

Domek w Kalihorio

Witam, a czy moźe wynajmujecie ten domek Zenonie? Chętnie bym skorzystała

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gość zurekogorek
2016-04-06 20:54:15

Jestem tu teraz, pozdrawia

po raz drugi i nie ostatni :)

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