Ariadne Beach

  • 65Km from Heraklion (HER) Airport
  • 0.05Km to beach
  • 0.8Km to town centre
  • Low Deposit Options Available
  • Interest FREE Payment Plans
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The Ariadne Beach Hotel rests next to Gargadoros Beach in the resort of Agios Nikolaos near the cosmopolitan Yacht Marina on the island paradise of Crete. Less than 10 minutes from ... Continue reading

The Ariadne Beach Hotel rests next to Gargadoros Beach in the resort of Agios Nikolaos near the cosmopolitan Yacht Marina on the island paradise of Crete. Less than 10 minutes from the centre of cosmopolitan Agios Nikolaos, this superb 4 Star hotel has one hundred bungalows spread around the premises offering spectacular sea and garden views. Guests to the newly renovated Ariadne Beach Hotel are welcome to take advantage of the facilities offered by Miramare Resort situated right next door.


Freshwater swimming pool, deck chairs and umbrellas at Almyros beach (extra charge). The adjacent Miramare Hotel has an open air theatre, water sports (extra charge), beach towels (deposit required), TV room with Satellite channels, Gym, floodlit tennis courts (extra charge), Mini Club (unsupervised), and a playground.

Food and Drink

The Hotel is booked as Half Board accommodation with an option for All Inclusive. The Ariadne Beach Hotel's restaurant proudly welcomes those residing at the Hotel and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner rich and with tasty dishes that fulfil any craving! Buffets cover a choice of Cretan and international cuisine.


Room facilities

The Ariadne Beach Hotel offers 100 bungalows spread around the premises offering spectacular sea and garden views. All rooms have bathroom facilities (bath or shower, hair dryer), double or twin beds, fridge, air conditioning, flat screen Satellite TV, Internet access, mini bar, safe (extra charge payable locally), and a balcony or terrace. All the rooms are generously spacious, and naturally lighted with wonderful side-sea, pool and garden views. Balconies and terraces are equipped with outdoor furnishings. Free baby cot is available on request.

Other Information

Famous attractions include the archaeological sites at Knossos, Phaistos, Gortys. However, many other places, such as the Venetian castle in Rethymno, the Samaria Gorge and many other minor gorges (Agia Irini, Aradena, etc), are also of interest.

All apartments services daily, laundry and dry cleaning services, post services, doctor on call, high chairs on request, baby cots. Services at the Miramare Resort include 24 hour reception, currency exchange, free Wi-Fi in public areas (pool bar and lobby area) car rental, motorbike rental, parking area.

Price Overview

The prices shown below show the cheapest holiday offers for the Ariadne Beach in Aghios Nikolaos. Please use the price links to see all holiday deals available for that month.

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Payment Options

Payment options accepted:

We do not charge a fee to our customers who use debit cards, but credit cards do incur a fee of 2.5% of the payment value.

To make booking a holiday at Ariadne Beach in Aghios Nikolaos easier for you, we provide a range of different payment options. To find out if you can book Ariadne Beach with a low deposit holiday option, please click the "Price and Availability" button above.

Agios Nikolaos (or Áyios Nikólaos), about 43 miles (69km) east of Heraklion, was formerly known as a holiday destination for package-tour groups but is now a cosmopolitan resort with high standards of harbour-side café-bars and top quality restaurants. The night clubs and karaoke bars are a thing of the past in this relaxed, yet busy, town.

Ideal for couples of all ages, Agios Nikolaos is an excellent base from which to explore the eastern part of the island while on holiday. The town itself does not boast any major historical or archaeological sites, but it does have one major curiosity: the deep pool in the environs of the harbour, called Lake Voulismeni, has many tales and legends attached to it, and was once believed to be bottomless.

Ágios Nikólaos also has a fine Archaeological Museum, worth visiting while on holiday for its growing collection of Minoan artefacts. The museum houses finds from the cemetery of Aghia Photia, dating back to 2300 BC, including more than 1,500 vases. Besides all the Minoan finds the museum also has the skull of a young Roman athlete wearing a gold olive-leaf wreath, dated to the 1st century AD.

Many visitors on holiday in Ágios Nikólaos take the excursions to the fortified islet of Spinalónga to see the ruins of, and hear the fascinating story of what became the last leper colony in Europe.

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The area around the Agios Nikolaos resort is ideal for hiking, and the coastline lends itself to the pursuit of all kinds of watersports to appeal to just about every kind of holiday visitor. Almyros Beach, a 20-minute walk from town, is pleasant and sandy, and there are a number of pebble beaches to choose from on windy days. The various hotels in the resort have swimming pools, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. The town council organises a programme of cultural events each summer season.


The Agios Nikolaos lake area is full of tourist-orientated tavernas that charge more for the location than the quality of the food. Aggressive waiters will often try to pull you into the restaurants on the lake and firm 'No' is often required. 9 Muses, Psaraki and Knossos Taverna are consistently good. For meze (small dishes of different foods) Xryssofilo (Kitroplatia) is hard to beat. For northern European variety try Obelix, a Dutch run restaurant near Ammoudi beach.


Ágios Nikólaos used to be famous for its bar culture when thousands of holidaymakers would flock here every year for a good party. Today, it still maintains a few 'touristy' bars serving up the traditional mix of 80s disco music, and a couple of British-style pubs and sports bars. The more modern and relaxed café bars on the south side of the harbour tend to attract more customers nowadays and are popular with the locals as well as tourists.


Good clothing and shoe shops, as well as high-quality jewellery stores are available in Agios Nikolaos and holidaymakers won't be disappointed. The street market (Wednesdays from 7am to 12pm) is a good place to rummage with the locals for clothes and bargains. The top end of the market is a great place to buy traditional foodstuffs and local thyme honey, herbs, fruit and vegetables.


Restaurants and tavernas down by the harbour tend to be pricy and party animals will be disappointed with the limited nightlife options in Agios Nikolaos.

Essential Information

Time Zone

Plug Type

Voltage 220V 50Hz
Language: Greek,
Currency: Euro (€)
€1 = £0.81

This week's weather forecast

Patchy rain possible
21°C Low 17°C
Today: Fri 28 Oct
Partly cloudy
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Sat 29 Oct
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Mon 31 Oct
Partly cloudy
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Tue 01 Nov

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Questions and Answers about Ariadne Beach

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Hi there are no hairdryers or kettle mentioned in the room facilities

Added 4 months, 4 weeks ago.

By Karen.Blackburn, team member

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