Lasithi’s capital, Agios Nikolaos has an enviable location on hilly terrain overlooking the shores of the sensuously curving Mirabello Bay. 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.
A narrow channel separates the attractive harbour from the circular Voulismeni Lake, whose pedestrianised shore is lined with tourist cafes and restaurants. At night a lively ambience descends on the harbour as lounge-bars fill with stylish young Greeks and holidaymakers from the nearby resorts.