Lake Voulismeni, Agios Nikolaos

The lake of Agios Nikolaos in the centre of town is the most famous landmark of Agios Nikolaos for visitors and locals alike. The lake of Agios Nikolaos is also known as Voulismeni (“sunken”), and by the unattractive name of Vromolimni (“Stinkylake”), acquired in times past, when the stagnant waters of the lake gave off an unpleasant smell until a channel was cut to the sea in 1867. That was also when the small bridge was built by Pasha Kostis Adosides. The lake of Agios Nikolaos has distinctive vertical walls reminiscent of a volcanic crater, which is why some people believe that it was created by a sunken volcano. Though seemingly plausible, this theory has gradually lost ground and today it is generally thought that the lake is the mouth of an underground river. Today the circular lake of Agios Nikolaos, 137 m in diameter, is the town landmark, with many cafés and restaurants set out around it. The lake with its still water, ducks, fishing boats and green slopes is a place which offers peace and pretty pictures. The best view of the lake is from the little park above it. Here you will find a cafeteria and a restaurant from which to enjoy the lovely view. If you find yourself in Agios Nikolaos at Easter, don’t miss the unique Resurrection celebrations at midnight on Easter Saturday, with the effigy of Judas burning on the waters of the lake, and the colourful fireworks turning night into day.

Distances from:

Hersonissos: 41 Km
Heraklion: 63 Km
Chania: 202 Km
ONYX Rentals: 43 Km