Had a great fortnight at Agios Nikolaos
with Tjaereborg at the Hotel Miramare. Only a 2 or 3* Hotel
but very pleasant, adequate food and a stone's throw from the Town Centre
and the beach. Between the Hotel and the Town was a small restaurant
(cheap and cheerful) where we had several lunches. The restaurant was
opposite the football ground and I went to see a match, Agios Nikolaos
beat a team from Athens 1-0.
In 2009 we called in at Heraklion on the Saga Ruby Cruise. Just went into the city and, to be honest, thought what a grotty place it was. Graffitti, even on a Venetian Palace! Back on the ship quickly.
2012 and we're back on another Saga Ruby cruise, Booked a panoramic tour of the island this time. Excellent, time in Agios Nikolaos which was great although we didn't remember it (after 28 years) and Elounda - had a photo stop for Spinalonga (Edna thought I was just excorsicing my demons when I took the photo - see below).
2014. Walked into the city and had to find a "Boots" type Pharmacy. Found one which was huge. Edna had the "Boots" equivalent of what she wanted and showed it to an assistant who immediately directed us to the top floor. How would the Greeks, who can't speak English, get on in an English Boots I wonder? Sat in a park where there was a statue of "El Greco", lots of things about him around, we think he was probably born in 1614 (actually he died in 1614). Took photos of the Morozoni Fountain (it wasn't working) and it wasn't until afterwards that we realised that a couple (Kate and Derek), who we knew from the ship, were sitting in a cafe in the background (see below)
2015 and we decided to do the open top bus tour of Heraklion. A very informative commentary with Greek music (although Zorba kept turning up!) on a very hot day. Thoroughly enjoyable and, after the cold weather we'd had in Turkey, a lovely change. After lunch on board we took the shuttle bus back into town and bought a few things (including a set of bathroom mats which, when we got home and opened them, were smaller than we thought - hey ho!). Still, Greece needs the money more than we do!
Crete, love to go back again for a holiday and would be happy to stay at Agios Nikolaos again (although I think the Miramare has gone now).