Lake Voulismeni is a former sweetwater small lake, later connected to the sea, located at the centre of the town of Agios Nikolaos. It connects to the harbour of the town by a channel dug in 1870.
According to legend, the goddess Athena bathed in it and a local urban legend has it that the lake is bottomless. It was reported that the German army during their withdrawal from the area at WW2, disposed parts of their weaponry and vehicles into the deep lake.
A panoramic view of the lake can be seen from a small park situated above.
Spinalonga was not an island, it was part of the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defence purposes and a fort was built. It was subsequently used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957.
There were two entrances to Spinalonga, one being the lepers’ entrance, a tunnel known as “Dante’s Gate”. This was so named because the patients did not know what was going to happen to them once they arrived.
Today, the uninhabited island is a popular tourist attraction in Crete with tourist boats departing from all three towns around Spinalonga on a daily basis.
The coastline of Agios Nikolaos has numerous sandy beaches, most of which are awarded with blue flags, supported by local beach bars, cantines & taverns.
Due to their prompt location the beaches are considered of the safest on the island of Crete, providing calm turquise waters to swim, play and relax in.
The Marina of Agios Nikolaos is a well protected marina in all weather conditions, it is built to European standards and is capable of accommodating up to 255 boats all year round.
The Marina of Agios Nikolaos is located in the heart of the town and provides easy access to the centre of town, the main archaeological sites and other places of interest.
See the distances from the airports of Chania and Heraklion, and the Heraklion port.