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Ayios Nikolaos

Áyios Nikólaos (“Ag Nik” as the British visitors love to call it) is the capital town of Lassithi. Here, the bottomless salt lake Voulisméni dominates the area. A narrow channel of water connects the lake with the sea, while an imposing backdrop of red rock and trees adds to the natural beauty of the scenery. A small pine tree park lies above the lake, and a stone path leads to its southern section to a cute small harbour for fishing boats. The city boasts interesting Archaeological, Folklore, and Natural History museums, Byzantine churches, a well-organised marina, bustling pedestrian streets (ideal for leisurely walks), and traditional squares with buzzing cafés and restaurants.

Lassithi

During your stay here, pay a visit to:
The island of Ayioi Pantes that houses a breeding facility for the Cretan wild goat (kri kri).
Almyrós wetland, a passage for migratory birds.
Istro, 11 km S, is famous for its consecutive beaches at Karavostássi, Áyios Panteleimonas and Voúlisma (Hrissí Aktí).
Kritsa, 11 km SW, is a picturesque village built on the feet of Mt. Kastellos with a marvellous view to Mirabello bay. Its traditional architectural features are impressively preserved through time. Here was actually shot in 1956 the famous Jules Dassin movie “Christ Recrucified”.
 Pachia Ammos, 20 km SE, is an old commercial port at the junction of Áyios Nikolaos-Sitía-Ierápetra.
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