A cheerful 19th-century fishing village turned holiday resort, Ayios Nikolaos overlooks Mirabello Gulf. It centres on a small, deep lake, ringed by tavernas and cafes, and connected to the sea by a narrow inlet, traversed by a bridge. Its big, modern, mid-range hotels are popular with package tours. Taxi-boats run from the harbour to beaches along the coast. Excursions include jeep safari trips to the Lasithi Plateau, dotted with windmills.