Agios Nikolaos in east Crete is the administrative and communications center and a highly developed tourism destination in Crete.
Thanks to the beautiful coast line, the great sights and the cosmopolitan life, Agios Nikolaos hosts every year thousands of visitors without losing one bit of its tranquility and traditional hospitality.
The lake of Agios Nikolaos is the most beautiful ornament of the town linked to the sea by a narrow canal, which adds to the beauty of the lake, while its natural surrounding red rocks between the trees turn it into a site of great attraction as one can enjoy a wonderful view while sitting comfortably at any of the coffee shops next to the multi colored fishing boats. Legend has it that Athena and Artemis Vritomartis were washing their hair at the deep blue waters of the lake.
The natives, unable to see the bottom, called it "bottomless" or "sunk", meaning that it had been created by a landslide, until the Christian commissioner Costas Adossidis Passa connected the lake to the sea in 1867 and its stagnant waters became clear. The English naval traveller Spratt, who was mapping the island, found its depth to be 210 feet (64 meters) and said that this might be the opening of an underground river.
In well organized beaches (Municipal, Almyros, Havania) swimmers can enjoy swimming. The exemplary beaches of Agios Nikolaos are always among the candidates for the prize of purity and cleanliness by the respective European Committee, earning more and more "blue flags" each year.
Ideal place for all sorts of water sports. For the athlete and the sports fan and those who want to combine vacations and sports there are several organized gyms, the national stadium, the national swimming pool, basket and volley ball courts, tennis courts and a well equipped riding school.