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Introducing Agios Nikolaos

Lasithi’s capital, Agios Nikolaos (ah-yee-os nih-ko-laos), is an undeniably attractive former fishing village set around a pleasant harbour and a small, picturesque lake connected to the sea.

In the early 1960s it became a chic hideaway for the likes of Jules Dassin and Walt Disney, but by the end of the decade, package tourists were arriving in force and it became an overdeveloped tourist town. It’s had its ups and downs ever since.

‘Agios’ remains popular, drawing people from nearby resorts at night when the ambience turns more vibrant and cosmopolitan. While there is superficially little to attract the independent traveller, there is reasonable accommodation, prices are not too horrendous and there is enough activity to cater for all tastes.