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Agios-Nikolaos is situated at the eastern end of Crete and is the capital of the Lassithi prefecture. It serves as the main hub for Eastern Crete, but there is plenty for tourists to do in and around the town. In the summer months the town doubles its population, giving it an upbeat atmosphere.

The town is centred around tourism and there are many resorts and hotels in the vicinity catering to package vacations. There are planty of restaurants and tavernas to sample in the town, but the best value and more authentic cuisine is found away from the waterfront. There are also numerous clubs and bars in the town for those tourists wanting to party.

The town’s main tourist attraction is Lake Voulismeni. A site where Artemis once washed her hair in the lake’s blue waters. Connected to the sea by a narrow canal, the lake has many eateries and coffee shops on its shores, and it’s a lovely place to pass an afternoon. Around the town, the lighthouse at the entrance to the port and the chuch of Agios Nikolaos at the top of the hill has some lovely frescoes.

For those looking for more than a city visit, around Lassithi there are a number of ancient Minoan sites worth visiting. Crete was the centre of the Minoan civilisation and home to some of the most sophisticated tribes of the ancient world. The town of Kritsa, four kilometres out of Agios Nikolaos is the gateway to Ancient Lato, one of the islands few Dorian sites.

Once out of Agios Nikolaos, the best of the prefecture can be experienced. The better, sandy and less croweded beaches are found away from the town. The Minoan site of Zakros is further to the east and is a remarkable set of ruins now partially submerged. With a car or scooter the region has many small towns away from the tourist traps which show Greek country life at its best. There also a number of small islands off the eastern coasts that can be visited by hire boats for those who want to get away from it all.




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It was an absolute pleasure working with Anthony & his entire team from the very start of our planning our vacation to Greece all the way through of traveling back home to Chicago. Anthony & his team ensured our entire trip was seamless. We started in Athens for 24 hours, then to Mykonos for 4 days and then Santorini for 4 days. The planning & attention to detail made the whole trip one of the best travel experiences of our life. Anthony & his team were referred to us by a couple of other friends who had also worked with them for their vacations to Greece over the past few years & we will continue referring Anthony to anyone we know who is traveling to Greece because of our incredible experience!

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Anthony at Antelope Travel planned an AMAZING trip for my family. We spent two days in Athens and explored the historical sites there. Our tour guide for the Parthenon, Natassa, was awesome. She was so knowledgable about ancient Greece and we loved having her guide us through the ruins and the museum.
Next we went to Mykonos and had another amazing guide there named Jenny. She was funny and told us about the culture and history of the island. The hotel we stayed at was awesome and my two daughters loved the pool there. We took a yacht to a private island then toured Delos and really had a lot of family fun there. We also loved shopping in Chora and found that the island was easy to get around on the bus.
Our next stop was the breath taking island of Santorini where we stayed in a pituresque villa with our own swimming pool. The final day we took a catamaran cruise around the island, swam, snorkled and ended the trip with an amazing sunset.
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Written June 22, 2023


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