Karma Minoan, Crete, Greece
Greece’s Most Enduring Culture
Situated to the east of Crete’s capital, Heraklion, and strewn along the sparkling bay of Mirabello, Agios Nikolaos is the poster-child of Crete’s rise as a worldclass travel destination. Tumbling down hills to the shore, Agios Nikolaos hosts an extensive cast of international visitors from Europe and beyond, yet it handles the attention with consummate ease.
Walk through the streets to discover the best in European design and fashion. Boutique shops sell high-end fashion and jewellery with a focus on originality. Europe’s fashionably cool inhabit the many bars and upmarket restaurants, yet the town’s upmarket feel remains in perfect balance with the irrepressible institutions that make up daily Cretan life. It’s not unusual to find a worldclass fine dining venue wedged in between a kafeneia, a traditional coffeehouse, and a bare-bones taverna.
For culture lovers, Agios Nikolaos plays host to some of Greece’s – and the world’s – top jazz, theatre and dance talent every year with the Mirabello Festival, while lovers of nature can explore Crete’s vast, rugged interior or miles of pristine coastline.