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Agios Nikolaos, the capital of the prefecture of Lassithi, is a picturesque
and popular resort town on the bay of Mirabelo with a harbour area pulsating with
activity and restaurants and cafes providing a cosmopolitan atmosphere, though
the town itself has maintained its traditional style.
Agios Nikolaos is easily reached in an hour (65km) from Iraklion, 1 1/2 hours
from Sitia (70km), and 45 minutes from Ierapetra (36km).
There is no airport, although Iraklion airport is less then one hour away. There
are boats to Piraeus (Athens) and to Rhodes during the summer. The islands of
the Cyclades are accessible from Agios Nikolaos, as are Kasos, Karpathos, and
Kos of the Dodecanese.
The municipality of Agios Nikolaos organizes "Lato" during the tourist season.
This festival consists of a number of music and dance groups including ethnic
and foreign, folkloric, and modern. There are also theatrical performances and
water sports competitions. In addition, every two years, during Naval Week in
July, special events are organized.
All types of tourist facilities may be found in Agios Nikolaos. Since it is a
very popular resort, there may be some difficulty finding accommodation. The National
Tourist Office (EOT) is very helpful and is found on the main street, on the west
side of the bridge at the harbour.
Tours may be arranged in Agios Nikolaos to Spinalonga Islet, to Lassithi Plateau,
the town of Kritsa and its Byzantine churches. The best beaches are on the east
side of the town, in the small protected bays, and may be reached by local bus
service. Ask for details at the Tourist Office.
Agios Nikolaos is the most touristically developed town in Crete. The area has
a great deal to offer to everyone.
This text is cited Feb 2003 from the Crete TOURnet URL below, which contains image.
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