Stylish and sophisticated
Aghios Nikolaos has been dubbed Crete's Saint-Tropez, thanks to its chic cafés, elegant boutiques and stylish bars.
The town – one of the island's prettiest – is built around an inner lagoon (Lake Voulismeni) on the lovely Bay of Mirabello and is overlooked by the eastern mountains. By day, the harbour is dotted with brightly painted fishing boats; by night, the water reflects the lights from the cluster of tavernas and restaurants. The narrow streets that wind their way through the town are edged with bars and shops, as well as a fair few churches.
There are a couple of shingle beaches in Aghios Nikolaos. If you're after a sandy stretch, head a couple of kilometres down the road to Almiros, a historic harbour town named after its charming Byzantine chapel.
Flight time from the UK to Crete is around 4 hours.
Transfer time from Heraklion airport to Aghios Nikolaos is approximately 1 hour.
The southernmost Greek island, Crete’s summers are something special. The temperatures are beach-worthy by April, climbing steadily throughout summer and peaking in July and August, when highs of 35°C are possible. Luckily, the island is prone to some cooling winds during summer that stop things getting too hot and sticky.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.