A picturesque fishing village which has become one of the most popular and cosmopolitan resorts in the Mediterranean. There are numerous beaches with crystal clear water around the bay offering a great variety of water sports.
It was historically the most important community in the area. There are numerous Byzantine churches scattered around the village.
It is very picturesque and the inhabitants have preserved the traditional way of life and customs.
Kalo Chorio – Istron
It is situated in a fertile valley stretching as far as the seaside hamlet of Istron where there are large sandy beaches with excellent water sport facilities.
Archaeological finds dating from 7000 B.C. have been discovered throughout the area.
This village is built on the mountain above the lagoon of Elounda allowing spectacular views of the Bay of Mirabello. Windmills (currently being reconstructed) line the entrance to Vrouhas.
Situated on the n.w. edge of the municipality. There are pebble beaches at Vlihadia and Aghios Antonios “of the sponges”. Ideal for swimming and fishing.
Stone-built windmills and an exceptional view across the northern coast of Crete make a visit to this village memorable.
A traditional village with Cretan stone houses dotted along the sea front. It is a haven for fishing, with sparklingly clear waters and pebble beaches overlooking the island of Spinalonga. Today it is a small, cosmopolitan resort with quality accommodation, pretty shops and charming tavernas.
The village Pines is situated a short distance from Elounda. Here the traditional architecture has been preserved and a visit is a quiet trip into the past.
Lenika or Hellinika
This is the highest point between Aghios Nikolaos and Elounda on the west side of Mirabello Bay. It offers a unique view of the Bay of Mirabello and Aghios Nikolaos, a must for photographs.
Originally a Dorian settlement, it is located at the edge of the plain of Mirabello under the shade of ancient Driros. It is one of the main villages of the region. The two village churches (St. John the Theologian and St. George) are decorated with impressive Byzantine murals.
Located at a height of 750m. A short distance away are the remains of an ancient town and the cave of Atzigano, one of the most interesting caves in Lassithi.
Exo and Mesa Potamoi
This is the highest village of the municipality of Aghios Nikolaos at 840-880m and it is surrounded by maple, oak and chestnut trees, while numerous springs of pure mountain water irrigate the plateau.
Located west of the valley of Lakonia at a height of 500 m. It is a very traditional village that earns its income from livestock.
For those who love not only mountains and luxuriant vegetation, but also stark rock, a visit to the Plateau of Katharo should not be missed. It is located 16 km west of Kritsa at a height of 1150 m. It is a paradise for walkers and mountain bikers.
Katharo is also interesting because of the paleontological discoveries of dwarf hippopotamus and elephant fossils.
This is a characteristic traditional village 13km south of Aghios Nikolaos at a height of 540m that has been continuously inhabited for thousands of years. It has an impressive view of the Bay of Mirabello. It has preserved its local traditions, customs, music, dance and dress. It has a strong agricultural and stockbreeding tradition. Travellers can enjoy the local cuisine which uses the local products.
This is five settlements very close to Aghios NIkolaos that form the village of Mesa Lakonia.
Worth a visit is the important Byzantine church of Michael the Archangel. There are remains of a Minoan settlement in Fioretzides.
Located near Kalo Chorio. It has a dense forest of pine trees that is full of beehives, producing an excellent aromatic honey.