Agios Nikolaos is a pleasant mountain village giving you a taste of traditional Macedonian architecture
Agios Nikolaos, situated east of Nikiti on the eastern coast of Sithonia, is a historical town with traditional 19th century architecture. This part of Sithonia, and heading north, has some vast and beautiful sandy beaches that are usually not on peoples’ agenda. The locals are known for being hard workers, not just with the tourism industry, but also for producing excellent Tsipouro (a stronger ouzo), for their fishing industry, as well as the production of wine, honey and olive oil. The local port of Agios Nikolaos, Ormos Panagias, is where the boats generally leave from if you are going on a Mount Athos boat tour or cruise.
Agios Nikolaos hotels and accommodation
You won’t have any problem finding a place to hang you hat in Agios Nikolaos. The region is well developed with some upper class hotels and villas, and plenty of apartments and holiday studios. Especially along the coast close to the beaches is where the accommodation of Agios Nikolaos is located.
History of Agios Nikolaos
Even though the area of Agios Nikolaos has been inhabited for thousands of years, it’s not really clear when this village got its start. Written records from Athos mention Agios Nikolaos from about the 14th century. But much of the history is left to the local traditions. It is believed that it had its start as a village on the shore but at a later date, due to pirate attacks, the locals decided to move inland. There are some ruins on Pyrgos Beach, a Byzantine watchtower, which gives hints of prior habitation.
The locals suffered much in later years such as 1854, when the entire population of men was lost in the wars for independence from the Ottomans.
What can I do in Agios Nikolaos
Try some of the local produce – their wine, honey and Tsipouro. Enjoy the unique Macedonian folk architecture of the buildings and houses as you take a stroll through the town of Agios Nikolaos and see quaint white washed houses lining narrow alleys. Sit around the fountain in the main square and have a meal or a coffee in one of the numerous street cafes and restaurants surrounding the fountain.
If you come to Agios Nikolaos around July 26, you can witness the culmination of the three-day celebrations of Agia Paraskevi, a second century Christian saint from Rome who was executed because of her devotion.
Travel down to Vourvourou for a boat trip to Diaporos island, or take a day cruise/boat trip to Mount Athos and to Ouranoupoli, a picturesque village located on the edge of the territory belonging to the Athos monastic republic. The area around Agios Nikolaos also offers scuba diving and some good hiking and cycling tours.