Nested on a hillside overlooking its private bay on the North-East part of Crete, the Gran Melia boasts 165 private sea-water pools a 2,500-m² spa, and luxurious rooms with spectacular views of the cove and the sea. The elegantly designed Gran Melia rooms, suites and individual villas offer spacious living areas and marble-lined bathroom with separate bath tub and rain shower. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with iPod access, personalized pillow menu and coffee/tea maker.
Sitting on the edge of a peaceful cove, 1 km away from the village of Istron, Karavostassi – The Stonehouse offers panoramic views over Mirabello Bay. It features 2-storey accommodation with fully equipped kitchen. The Stonehouse air-conditioned maisonettes are decorated in keeping with the traditional Cretan style featuring built-in sofas and wooden floors. They include a dining and a living area with fireplace. All units open out to stone-paved terraces with sun beds and umbrellas enjoying stunning sea views.
Minos Imperial Resort is situated in Milatos Bay, close to the traditional fishing village, and offers a wide variety of sports and leisure activities. Set amidst a lush 190.000-m² area of palm and olive trees and waterfalls, the complex features several swimming pools, 6 restaurants and 5 bars. Tastefully decorated with wooden furnishings, the air-conditioned accommodation of Minos features tiled floors. Each unit opens out to a private balcony enjoying views over the Cretan Sea or the garden and the pool. A satellite TV, a fridge and a hairdryer are available.
Neapolis is located 15 km westwards of Agios Nikolaos on the way to Heraklion from where it is roughly 50 km far. Neapolis is built in the green valley of Mirabello. In the period of the Venetian domination its two settlements were named "New Village". But when the seat of the Prefecture was transferred from Fourni to the “New Village” this last was renamed to Neapolis. Neapolis was maintained as the capital of the prefecture of Lasithi till 1904. After that date Agios Nikolaos became the new capital.
Lake Voulismeni (Gr: Λίμνη Βουλισμένη) or just "the Lake" for the locals, is located at the centre of the town of Agios Nikolaos. It has a circular shape of a diameter of 137 m and depth 64 m. The lake connects to the harbour of the town by a channel dug in 1870. A panoramic view of the lake can be seen from a small park situated above it. According to legend, the goddess Athena bathed in it. Every year at midnight turning to Orthodox Christian Easter day, the majority of the population of the town gathers around the lake to celebrate with fireworks, and firecrackers. It was reported that the German army during their withdrawal from the area at WW2, disposed parts of their weaponry and/or vehicles into the deep lake. A local urban legend has it that the lake is bottomless. That notion is potentially based on its impressively disproportional high depth compared to its width (64m depth on only 134m width) or/and on locals noticing disturbances at the surface or also the level of the water during the Santorini (Thera) earthquake of 1956. Because of the latter, many assume a possible geological relation of the two locations, but this claim has not been substantiated by known scientific surveys to date.
The Archaeological Museum of Aghios Nikolaos is one of the most important in Crete and has been in operation since 1969. It houses collections of very important archaeological finds from the whole of Eastern Crete, an area extending from Malia as far as Zakros. These are displayed in chronological order from the Neolithic period (5700 - 2800 B.C.) to the end of the Roman times (100 B.C. - 400 A.D.) Its showcases include more than 1350 vases from the 3rd millennium B.C. as well as gold and copper finds (the most ancient found in Crete).
The Folk Art Museum of Aghios Nikolaos, in collaboration with the "Cultural Society of Eastern Crete", founded in 1978. All the original and important material was generously offered by the Touring Club of Aghios Nikolaos. Since then more objects have been added to the collection. A visit to the Folk Art Museum will help you to become familiar with the sort of work and activities the people of this area had in the old days. The Museum houses a rich and beautiful collection of hundreds of genuine samples of Cretan popular art and mainly hand woven and embroidered pieces, some of which are unique.