11 Beautiful Agios Nikolaos Beaches To Visit

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Agios Nikolaos is a beautiful village on the eastern coast of Crete, famous for its natural landscapes and archaeological museums. In addition to this, Agios Nikolaos beaches are famed for being small but cozy, with fun activities for everyone who visits.

There are many reasons why they are so popular, including their accessible locations, unspoiled settings, and breathtaking sea views.

The Most Popular Agios Nikolaos Beach

Ammoudi Beach


Ammoudi Beach is one of the most popular Agios Nikolaos beaches. It is a small stretch of beach with rocks surrounding the waters on either end, and several sunbeds to rent scattered along the sand.

As it is protected by trees, the waters are calm and great for peaceful swimming among the gentle waves. Ammoudi Beach is in a great location surrounded by taverns such as Piato and the Avra Restaurant. It is organized you don’t need to worry about bringing beach chairs either.

This beach is perfect for a family-friendly trip as there is also a water sports center for restless children! After a day of swimming and sunbathing, you should also consider taking a trip to Lake Voulisemni or the museums nearby for a cultural experience.

Bellevue Suites is a large hotel overlooking Ammoudi Bay. They offer several suites of different sizes, and with sea or pool views.  

Agios Nikolaos Beaches In Sissi

Avlaki Beach

Avlaki Beach is one of the two beaches in Sissi. It is quieter and less crowded, perfect for a relaxing day with friends or a couple. The beach is sandy and golden with pebbles closer to the shore, and there are several sunbeds for rent. The waters are warm and clear therefore great for swimming, and there are even some rockpools on the shore.

Unlike most beaches in Agios Nikolaos, the surrounding area is not as busy, and there are only a couple of local taverns nearby. Nevertheless, the traditional food they serve is fresh and tasty, giving you a memorable Cretan experience.

Boufos Beach

Boufos Beach is a beautiful sandy beach located in a remote cove with rocky views of the hills it overlooks. This beach is one of the most natural of the Agios Nikolaos beaches, remaining unspoiled despite its popularity. It is small but organized and has a lively atmosphere.

It is worth noting that Boufos beach can be windy at certain times of day, which is ideal for water sports. Nevertheless, swimming is popular here as the waters are warm and relaxing.

There are many taverns around the beach, as well as a beach bar for snacks and drinks. If you are keen on sightseeing, the Agios Georgios Monastery is just a short walk away!

Accommodations Near Beaches In Sissi

Grecotel Meli Palace in Sissi is beachfront and offers a variety of rooms, whether you are travelling alone or in a large group. Alternatively, a more affordable choice of accommodation is Sisi Breeze Hotel is located 500m equally from Boufos and Avlaki Beach.


Agios Nikolaos Beaches In Mirabello Bay

Almyros Beach

Almyros Beach is one of the most family-friendly beaches in Agios Nikolaos. It is large and spacious which makes it less crowded, and also organized. Additionally, it is great for little children because of the fine golden sand and shallow waters.

Generally, the sea is warm, but heading towards the river the waters become cold and refreshing. For kids and teenagers, there is an affordable waterpark with activities such as jetskiing, whilst adults can enjoy a cocktail at the snack bar.

Kitroplatia Beach

Kitroplatia Beach is a small sheltered beach surrounded by places to dine and landmarks. The beach is sandy from the entrance but gradually becomes pebblier towards the shore, and the beach is filled with sunbeds to rent.

Kitroplatia Beach is ideal to visit with a partner as there are countless romantic spots nearby like restaurants and bars to enjoy the view and indulge in a delicious meal. There are also famous statues such as the horn of Amalthea, supposedly the horn of a goat which Zeus ripped off and blessed.

Havanias Beach

Havanias Beach is tranquil, found north of Ammoudi Beach and near several other Agios Nikolaos beaches. There is not much to do here except lounge on the sunbeds and swim in the clear waters, which makes it one of the most relaxing beaches in the area.

It is also in a great location with amenities such as toilets and showers. Additionally, there are many places to dine nearby such as Olga’s Taverna famous for its fresh seafood and crisp beers.  

Ammos Beach


Ammos Beach is a cozy, sandy beach in a great location loved by all generations. It is well-known for its warm, clear waters which are perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling as the sea is rich with marine life.

This beach in Agios Nikolaos is organized and sandy and has several cafes along the beach serving snacks and refreshments. Due to its proximity to the town center, there are also souvenir shops and small supermarkets nearby.

Accommodations Near Beaches In Mirabello Bay

As all beaches in this region are within walking distance from each other, finding accommodation is much easier.

If you want to stay near Kitroplatia Beach, Kitro Beach Hotel is beachfront and offers affordable rooms with sea views close to the town centre. 

Minos Art Beach Hotel is another great choice close to Ammos Beach. If a more luxurious hotel is what you are searching for, The Island Concept Hotel has deluxe rooms with the option of a jacuzzi!

Agios Nikolaos Beaches In Istron

Karavosasi Beach

Karavosasi Beach is a relaxing, sandy beach surrounded by tall trees and facing alpine landscapes. Despite its close walk to the center, it is quiet and uncrowded but full of character. There are many activities to do here such as windsurfing credit to the subtle breeze.

At the end of the beach is a small tavern serving traditional dishes such as souvlaki and a selection of local wines. If you want to check out other Agios Nikolaos beaches, Agios Panteleimonas and Voulissima are a short walk away.

Agios Panteleimonas Beach

Agios Panteleimonas is a natural, clean beach beginning from the Agios Panteleimonas Church. It is well-known for its sharp northern winds, which you will adore if you enjoy active holidays partaking in beach sports.

Despite the breeze, the waters are warm and the floor is sandy, making it the perfect place to take your children. After a long day of swimming, you can enjoy a meal at the affordable restaurants nearby, or visit the adjacent beaches in Agios Nikolaos.

Voulisma Beach


Voulisma Beach is often termed the ‘Caribbean’ of Agios Nikolaos beaches. This is because of the tropical atmosphere created by the sharp turquoise color of the sea, in contrast with the fine white sand.

The beach is usually calm, but the subtle waves make it great for surfing and swimming. Although the beach is often busy due to its popularity, it is large and spacious and the crowds only add to the character.

There are also lots of taverns nearby. If you want to go on a walk after your meal, the road to Faneromeni Monastery makes for a pleasant stroll.

Anny Sea and Sun is a traditional accommodation offering spacious apartments in Istron overlooking the sea and mountains. Similarly, Kounenos Apartments are furnished in a Cretan style, and a short walk away from the town center.

Enjoying Best Beaches In Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos beaches are some of the most beautiful in Greece and provide the perfect setting to relax and enjoy your holiday.

With a variety of activities, locations, and accommodations, there are many beaches in Agios Nikolaos to explore, each with its own unique atmosphere. From the sandy shores of Kitroplatia to the tropical vibes of Voulisma, there is a beach to suit everyone’s taste.



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