The capital of the prefecture of Lasithi is Agios Nickolaos since 1904. The name Agios Nikolaos means Saint Nicholas, and its stress lies on the second syllable of the word «Nikolaos». Agios Nikolaos or Ayios Nikolaos.
It is built on the northwest side of the peaceful bay of Mirabello and it a picturesque modern town with 10.000 people.
Thanks to its warm climate, the abundant vegetation and the always-calm sea, it has evolved in an international tourist resort. There are many excursion boats and caiques are docked in the leeward harbour.
The area round the harbour with many restaurants and the picturesque cafes throbs with life in a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The town maintains its quaintness, especially in the town center, with the traditional architecture of the houses and the narrow streets.
A «landmark» of the town is the round small lake called Voulismeni. It is very beautiful and at the southwest side there is a small zoo. According to the myths, it was here that goddess Athena was washing her hair.
The lake, which must have been created by a volcanic subsidence, or according to others it is the outfall of an underground river that is 64 m deep. Some years ago, it was believed that it was bottomless and the dwelling of ghosts.
Here is a video from a Greek TVchannel that visited the city recently.