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Where in the world: Europe  /  Greece  /  Crete  /  Lasithi Prefecture  /  Agios Nikolaos

Top 15 things to do in Agios Nikolaos

1. Lake Voulismeni

According to local legend, the goddess Athena regularly bathed in Lake Voulismeni. Renowned internationally for its curative powers, the lake is located in one of Crete's more relaxed seaside towns. The circular body of water is 64 m (210 ft) deep and only 134 m (440 ft) wide. Fed from below by a natural hot spring, the water maintains a constant temperature around 25 C (77 F), and contains high levels of elements that relieve ailments like neuralgia, arthritis, and sciatica. Before you have a dip, hike to the top of the surrounding cliffs, which offer sweeping views over the treetops and out to the sea.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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2. Aegeo Spas, Istron

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Heraklion

A vanished culture comes alive at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which holds the remains of the 3,000-year-old Minoan civilization. The museum's famous collection of artifacts spans more than five millennia, from the Neolithic period to Roman times. The museum's twenty rooms display the most important and representative finds uncovered at several different excavation sites on Crete, including an enigmatic clay disc from the second millennium BCE. Its meaning and purpose have been disputed since its discovery in 1908; the disc remains one of archaeology's most famous unresolved mysteries. For a better understanding of the lost culture represented here, opt for a guided tour of the collection plus a visit to the archaeological sites near the city.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $22 › Learn more about Heraklion Archaeological Museum

4. Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch

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Join this 8-hour guided excursion through the Cretan mountains and discover the wonders of the Minoan Route. Stop at historic sites including an ancient Roman aqueduct and the Diction Cave, the mythological birthplace of Zeus. Enjoy a traditional snack with 'raki' in the village of Kastamonitsa, and a Cretan-style lunch at a local tavern in Lassithi.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $93 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. The Palace of Knossos, Knosos

Built over a Neolithic town, The Palace of Knossos represented the ceremonial and political center of Minoan civilization on Crete. English archaeologist Arthur Evans made his name by working on the excavation and partial restoration of this ancient palace for over three decades, beginning in 1900. The palace complex contains a maze of living spaces, workshops, banquet halls, shrines, and storerooms, built around a central square sometime between 2000 and 1350 BCE. To gain a glimpse into the wealth and sophistication of the Minoan culture, hop on a bus in nearby Heraklion and join a guided tour of the palace's labyrinthine corridors, so vast they gave rise to the popular legend of King Minos and the Minotaur.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $18 › Learn more about The Palace of Knossos

6. Panagias Keras Church

The Church of Panagia Kera is a Cretan Byzantine church, located 1 km from the village of Kritsa, in the Dikte Mountains. It contains the finest-preserved Byzantine-era frescoes in Crete, and for that reason, has become one of the most culturally and historically significant churches on the island.
The Late Greek word ‘Panagia’ is defined as ‘Virgin’ in English, and is among the titles of the Virgin Mary in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Although no founding date for the Church of Panagia Kera has been established, historical consensus agrees that the oldest parts of the church, the central nave, its vaulted roof and dome, were constructed and painted in the 13th century. The side-aisles of the church, its western entrance, and the belfry and the buttresses supporting the church, were later built and painted during the early to mid-14th century. The frescoes in Panagia Kera date back to the Paleologian Renaissance, due to their vivid, bright colors. According to local tradition, the church contained an icon of the Virgin Mary, which was believed to have miraculous powers. During the period of Byzantine Iconoclasm, it was removed to Constantinople, but was later returned. In 1498, during the Venetian occupation of Crete, a Greek trader stole the icon, which was later transported to the temple of Saint Alfonso on the Esquiline Hill in Rome. Panagia Kera was later renovated by the Managgaris family in 1722, and in 1732 the icon of the Virgin Mary was repainted in the church by an unknown artist.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $109 › Learn more about Panagias Keras Church

7. Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, Hersonissos

Discover the wild side of Crete at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, which displays both local sea life and exotic reptiles. Founded in 1995, this natural history museum provides a safe home for animals injured in the wild, as well as unwanted pets. The aquarium features 15 tanks, two pools, and several terrariums which serve as recreated natural habitats for various species of snakes, sea turtles, frogs, lizards, and fish. You can have your picture taken with most of these wild animals, or learn about their feeding and breeding habits from the staff. Join a daily guided tour to gain insight into the local efforts to protect and care for Crete's native wildlife.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Zeus Cave & Lassithi Plateau (Safari Adventure Offroad Excursion)

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Definitively one of our best off road-experience in Crete. Explore the mountains and the plateau, visit one of the hotspots, the Cave Zeus. Enjoy the view. Off road in the inlands of Crete.This amazing tour takes you to the inlands of Crete. Through the mountains and the biggest forest on the island. Along the old Minoan paths and civilizations to the unknown Crete. Pure Nature, wild landscapes and breathtaking views. On the highest part of our trip you can even see the Aegean sea in the north and the Lybian sea at the south. One more highlight on your tour is the place where we will serve your lunch. Far away from civilization you will be able to meet our local host and feel what Cretan hospitality really means. On this safari tour you will discover the real Crete. Meet the local people and discover that time truly stopped in some places.inclusive: Land Rover Discovery with air condition, experienced driver, refreshments/water and Cretan lunch.
Suggested duration: 7 hours
Tours from $109 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. CRETAquarium, Gournes

Get close to hundreds of species of Mediterranean sea life at CRETAquarium. Relevant for both kids and adults, the aquarium houses sharks, turtles, eels, jellyfish, and more. The aquarium opened in 2005 and is operated by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research. Pick up an audio guide to learn about the animals in each tank and their natural habitats.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $7 › Learn more about CRETAquarium

10. Spinalonga (Kalydon), Elounda

Spinalonga (Kalydon) sits as a rocky islet floating in the blue waters of the Gulf of Elounda. The region's 16th century Venetian rulers carved this rock out of Crete's coastline and then built a fortress on it to protect the gulf from hostile ships. The old fortress, apparently as impregnable to the passage of time as it once was to would-be invaders, still dominates the islet and attracts nearly 30,000 annual visitors. Split your time on the little island between the Venetian fort and one of several beaches, which are lapped by shallow, calm waters. There are no tourist facilities here, so bring your own food and water.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $20 › Learn more about Spinalonga (Kalydon)

11. Cretan Olive Oil Farm

Welcome To Our Cretan Olive Oil Farm

You will experience the way we were producing traditional Cretan products such as olive oil, wine, raki, pottery and traditional textiles in a unique environment.

You can be a part of the Traditional Product Produce Revival.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. CRETAquarium Entrance Ticket in Crete

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CRETAquarium reveals a magical, wonderful world, so familiar yet so unknown to us: The underwater world of the Mediterranean, a sea that gave birth to so many civilizations and attracts millions of visitors each year. Explore the different sea ecosystems, allow us to get you acquainted with creatures of the sea bed, immigrant species from tropical waters, impressive hunters, ghostly jellyfish, passive dusky groupers and more!
Suggested duration: 1 to 6 hours
Tours from $7 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Voulisma Beach, Istron

Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $109 › Learn more about Voulisma Beach

14. Historical Museum of Crete, Heraklion

Gain an understanding of Cretan history through exhibits spanning from the Byzantine era to World War II at Historical Museum of Crete. Founded in 1953 in a neoclassical building formerly known as the House of Kalokerinos, the museum showcases the Nikos Kazantzakis collection, featuring the study and library from the author's home in Antibes, France, manuscripts of his works, and first editions of his books in various languages. Two of the finest exhibits are the only paintings by El Greco in Crete: The Baptism of Christ (1567) and View of Mt. Sinai and the monastery of St. Catherine 1570). Ceramics, sculptures, coins, jewelry, and a wide range of heirlooms highlight the everyday life on Crete during various historical periods. Rent an audio guide for more information about each exhibit and take a break with a sea view at the cafe deck.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
Tours from $116 › Learn more about Historical Museum of Crete

15. Day Trip to Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga Island

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A day trip that combines relaxation and history gives you the chance to visit the highlights of the Northeast part of Crete, where the picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos with the magnificent lake can be found. Elounda, a small village on the shore of Mirabello bay with spectacular views, is where the boat begins the cruise heading to Spinalonga island, a small uninhabited island used during the history as a fortress and later on as a leper colony.
Suggested duration: 8 to 9 hours
Tours from $46 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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