Voulisma Beach

Wedged into a crescent bay about 12km east of Agios Nikolaos, this ribbon of fine golden sand is lapped by shallow and usually calm, Caribbean-clear water shimmering in myriad shades of blue. There's a small restaurant by the stairs leading down from the parking area and water sports in high season.

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1. Gournia

3.05 MILES

The Late Minoan settlement of Gournia lies 19km southeast of Agios Nikolaos. Comprising a small palace and residential areas, it was built between 1600…

2. Agia Triada Church

4.59 MILES

Right in the town centre, Agios Nikolaos' main church is a three-aisled Byzantine construction dedicated to the Holy Trinity. The mosaic above the main…

3. Abduction of Europa Statue

4.65 MILES

The myth of the Phoenician princess Europa being abducted by Zeus in the guise of a bull finds expression in a monumental statue at the end of a ho-hum…

4. Folk Museum

4.71 MILES

This modest museum near the lake houses a well-curated collection of traditional handicrafts (especially textiles, costumes and embroidery), alongside…

5. Minotaur Mural

4.85 MILES

Walking along the waterfront on Akti Koundourou, keep an eye out for a superb perspective mural depicting the Minotaur on a zigzagging staircase (next to…

6. Church of Panagia Kera

5.42 MILES

This tiny triple-aisled church on the main road shelters Crete's best-preserved Byzantine frescoes. The oldest in the central nave (13th century) depict…

7. Ancient Lato

6.22 MILES

The fortified hilltop city state of Lato is one of Crete’s best-preserved non-Minoan ancient sites and worth the trip for the rural serenity and stunning…

8. Ierapetra Town Hall

8.13 MILES

Ierapetra's pretty town hall is in the city centre next to a small park and near the ferries to Chrissi Island.