Agios Nikolaos Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos, a picturesque coastal town in Crete, Greece, is easily accessible via Heraklion International Airport, where you can also find an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch. The airport is located approximately 60 kilometers away from the city's downtown area. From the airport, travelers can drive their rental car into the beautiful city.

What to do and see in Agios Nikolaos

Agios Nikolaos is a charming town with plenty of attractions and activities that will appeal to both local and international visitors. With a rental car in Agios Nikolaos, you'll have the freedom to explore the area at your own speed, taking in the stunning landscapes and rich history that the island of Crete has to offer.

Begin your trip with a visit to Lake Voulismeni, a small, picturesque lake in the heart of Agios Nikolaos. Surrounded by cafés and restaurants, the lake is an ideal spot to enjoy a leisurely meal or drink while admiring the serene waters and vibrant atmosphere.

For those interested in history and archeology, the Archeological Museum of Agios Nikolaos is a must-visit. The museum houses a fascinating collection of artifacts from the Minoan, Hellenistic and Roman periods, providing insight into the region's rich past.

Another historical attraction worth exploring is the ancient city of Lato, located just a short drive from Agios Nikolaos. Dating back to the 7th century BC, Lato offers visitors the chance to wander through the ruins of this once-flourishing city and admire its well-preserved structures, including an ancient theater and temple.

For beach lovers, Agios Nikolaos offers several stunning beaches, each with its unique charm. Visit Almyros Beach for its shallow, crystal-clear waters, perfect for families with young children. You can also head to Kitroplateia Beach, a bustling stretch of sand lined with tavernas and cafés.

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Richtis Gorge, a verdant gorge near the village of Exo Mouliana. You’ll have to venture a little further out of the city to find it, but once there, you can embark on a hike through the gorge. As you follow the river, you'll discover the impressive Richtis waterfall along the way. This area is perfect for picnicking, photography and simply appreciating the beauty of Crete's diverse landscape.

A boat trip to the nearby island of Spinalonga is another must-do activity when visiting Agios Nikolaos. Steeped in history, the island is home to a well-preserved Venetian fortress and a former leper colony. Guided tours offer insight into the island's fascinating past, while the crystal-clear waters surrounding Spinalonga provide excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities.

Culinary experiences in Agios Nikolaos are equally delightful, with numerous restaurants and tavernas serving up traditional Cretan cuisine. Indulge in local favorites, such as "dakos" (Cretan rusk topped with tomato, feta cheese and olive oil), "kalitsounia" (sweet or savory cheese pastries) and "gamopilafo" (a traditional Cretan wedding rice dish).

Driving in Agios Nikolaos

When driving in Agios Nikolaos, keep in mind that traffic in Greece moves on the right-hand side of the road. Be aware of local traffic rules and regulations, and exercise caution when navigating the narrow, winding roads that are common in the region. It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with local traffic signs and parking regulations, as well as any seasonal traffic restrictions that may be in place.

Parking in Agios Nikolaos can be challenging during peak tourist season, so be prepared to search for a spot in busy areas. Many streets in the downtown area have limited parking, but there are public parking lots available within walking distance of popular attractions. Always check for signs indicating parking fees or time restrictions to avoid fines or towing.

When planning your route, consider using a GPS or smartphone app to help you find your way around the city and the surrounding area. Keep in mind that some rural roads may be unpaved or poorly maintained. Driving in Greece may be different from what you're used to in the US, so be prepared to make some adjustments. For example, Greek drivers may not always adhere strictly to traffic rules, and you may encounter more aggressive driving behavior than you're accustomed to. Stay alert, be patient and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.

If you plan to explore the mountainous areas surrounding Agios Nikolaos, expect steep, winding roads. These can be challenging for inexperienced drivers or when driving a larger vehicle. Take your time and drive cautiously, especially around hairpin bends and narrow stretches. In addition, be mindful of pedestrians, cyclists and slow-moving vehicles sharing the road with you.

Finally, be prepared for the possibility of encountering toll roads when driving in Greece. Some freeways require payment, either through cash or an electronic toll system. To make your trip smoother, familiarize yourself with the available payment methods and make sure you have enough money for your trip.

Agios Nikolaos is a captivating town that demands to be explored, and booking a rental car is a great way to do that. If you are traveling with a larger group, renting a van in Agios Nikolaos means you can explore at your own pace and accommodate everyone.

Car and van hire in Greece with Enterprise

Enterprise Greece offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Agios Nikolaos

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in Agios Nikolaos

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Agios Nikolaos, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.