Temperature: 5-25 °C
Experience Aghios Nikolaos at its most beautiful during the spring, when the flowers are starting to bloom and the island is a lush green. Summer is the best time to hit the beach, thanks to highs of 31(°C) and up to 11 hours of sunshine a day. For a more laidback experience, book your holiday for the autumn or winter, when the resorts are quieter and the weather is mild enough to explore.
Beach lovers: Not only does Aghios Nikolaos have five golden beaches, the beautiful Lake Voulismeni provides an alternate waterfront setting.
Families: The beaches are bursting with fun activities, and with Crete’s best water park nearby, Aghios Nikolaos is a hit with families.
Night owls: Aghios Nikolaos’ vibrant nightlife scene provides everything from dance clubs to low-key Greek tavernas beside the like.
Language: The language spoken in Aghios Nikolaos is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Aghios Nikolaos is the Euro (€)
Local time: Aghios Nikolaos is 3 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Heraklion Airport (HER)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist information: Further Aghios Nikolaos tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/ayios_nikolaos
Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Aghios Nikolaos
By bus: Crete has an extensive bus network, with a local service linking Aghios Nikolaos to nearby towns like Heraklion. Buses run regularly in high season and are cheap and efficient for day trips.
By car: If you’re interested in exploring the island at your leisure, hiring a car is the best option. The roads in Crete are good and hire car companies operate in the resorts and airport. It’s possible to hire cars for a single day.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available in Aghios Nikolaos, from taxi ranks or booked in advance. Taxi fares are reasonable and are a good option for short journeys or airport transfers.
Cultural festival: In August, Aghios Nikolaos hosts its annual Lato Cultural Festival. The biggest event on the town’s calendar, this event celebrates Cretan folklore and traditions with an exciting line up of dance performances, exhibitions and musicians in venues throughout the town.
Nautical week: A favourite Aghios Nikolaos event is July’s Nautical Week. Taking place on the resort’s beautiful waterfront, the event features several days of swimming and sailing competitions, water sports displays and fun on the beach. There is a huge firework display on the last night to round the week off.