If you’re after pristine beaches, lakeside restaurants, and bijou shops, Aghios Nikolaos won’t disappoint. This is one of Crete’s best-loved destinations!Agios Nikolaos is set on the largest natural bay in Crete Island (Kreta), Mirabello or Merabello Bay, named for the beautiful view (mira bella) of the sea from the town.

It may feel less Cretan than other towns, partly because of its resort-style flair, tree-lined avenues and largely modern architecture. However, there’s also a strong local character to Agios Nikolaos that imbues it with charismatic, low-key flair.