The small, historic town of Aghios Nikolaos in Crete retains an authentically Greek look with lots of whitewashed hotels and buildings with terracotta tiles. The town centre is a hub of activity with shops to browse, restaurants to try and a lively nightlife scene, plus there are several beaches to enjoy. Take a look at our top recommendations in the region to help you decide where you'd like to stay.
The Minos Palace Hotel is an exclusively adults-only haven with its own private beach. Located on a rocky peninsula with stunning sea views, you'll be treated with stylish 5* comforts here.
There are two restaurants and a poolside bar where you can enjoy a few cooling drinks, or unwind with a pampering treatment at the spa, play some tennis or keep fit at the gym. Watersports available on the beachfront include water-skiing, sailing and diving, and you can drive into Aghios Nikolaos in five minutes for shopping and nightlife opportunities.
With a central Aghios Nikolaos location, Olympus Apartments are ideal for convenient holidays with friends and family. It has light and airy rooms and there are amazing views over the mountains from the outdoor pool.
There are two highly-rated restaurants and a bar, so you can simply sit back and enjoy a relaxed getaway without having to leave the hotel. It's also only a minute's stroll from the shores of Kitroplateia Beach.
Spectacular sea views are a key feature of Miramare Resort & Spa whose tranquil and peaceful setting is the ideal location for completely unwinding and recharging. Spreading out across a beautiful hillside setting, it's just a two minute stroll to Almyros Beach.
This family-friendly resort has five pools, two restaurants, two bars and tennis courts, plus there's a mini club and live entertainment in the evenings. From July to September the daily activity programme of sports and games will keep everyone even more entertained.
Stunning views over sea and mountains combined with 5* luxury makes Mirabello Hotel and Village extra special and ideal for some well-earned seaside relaxation. Choose from accommodation including charming bungalows with shared outdoor pools and maisonettes with stunning sea views. You'll also be able to take part in lots of games and activities including beach volleyball and five-a-side football matches.
As well as two swimming pools to enjoy you can make the most of the spa, which offers soothing massages and beauty treatments. There are two restaurants as well – the open-air Elia and the Grill House snack hut.
Enjoy spectacular views over Mirabello Bay from the rooftop pool at Dessole Hermes Hotel. It's ideally located 500 metres from the beach and five minutes' walk from the centre of Aghios Nikolaos with its bars, restaurants and shops.
Evening entertainment in the bar includes a lively Greek evening on Wednesdays and, if you feel like getting active, there's a PADI dive centre, gym and aqua aerobics classes. For more relaxed sports try the table tennis or darts.
There's a charming traditional Greek feel of pastel colours, terracotta tiles and light-filled rooms at Candia Park Village. Located on a hillside sloping down to a pine-fringed beach, it has two swimming pools with sunloungers where you can lie back and soak up the sun. This child-friendly hotel offers a kids' club and their own pool too, so little ones can happily play.
There are two restaurants to try out, games activities including floodlit tennis courts and live evening entertainment in the bar. It's only a five-minute drive from the shopping and nightlife of Aghios Nikolaos town and a 10-minute drive from the scenic fishing village of Elounda.