Agios Nikolaos is a tiny fishing village in Karpathos island, which is located in the shade of the northeast mountains. Ag. Nikolaos (Άγ. Νικόλαος in Greek) is known also as the port of Spoa (Σπόα), a larger village a few kilometers away above the hills.
Where to find Agios Nikolaos in Karpathos
The capital of the island, Pigadia (Κάρπαθος) is situated about 28 kilometers from Agios Nikolaos, and the village can be accessed by a narrow and winding road from Spoa village, in the north part of Karpathos island. At the end of the road there is a small port of Ag. Nikolaos with a few parking lots. If you would like to discover Agios Nikolaos, just park your vehicle here because this small resort has only a few sidewalks from this point.
Guide with photos
Agios Nikolaos (Άγιος Νικόλαος – Σπόα) is a tiny village with just 7 residents, which normally has just a few visitors. It is located relatively far from the most popular villages and largest towns of Karpathos island, and this small settlement is well hidden by the surrounding mountains. The atmospheres of Agios Nikolaos are very quiet and peaceful, even during the summer months, when Karpathos become much more visited.
Visitors of Agios Nikolaos can find here a few some small taverns and coffee bars, so if you are looking for some meal after you arrived here, you have the chance to eat something delicious and drink some cold refreshments. Taverns of the village are Porto Bello next to the port with great guest reviews, and To Votsalo Taverna in the centre.
The port of Agios Nikolaos (Άγιος Νικόλαος) is one of the smallest port in Karpathos island and mostly used by some local fishermen, because its tiny size only small fishing boats and ribs can dock. This port is also used by the residents of Spoa village.
Agios Nikolaos beach
The sea is usually calm at this place, because this beach is well protected from the north winds by the high mountains of Karpathos island. The beach is usually known on maps as Ag.Nikolaos beach (Spoa) or Παραλία Άγιος Νικόλαος – Σπόα in Greek, and it serves the visitors well.
The crystal clear waters around Agios Nikolaos beach are ideal for swimming and snorkeling in Karpathos island, and there are some small bays and hidden gems in the area which are especially great for this fun. The beach is slightly organized with some parasols and sunbeds, but it is almost never overcrowded.
Things do do in Agios Nikolaos
The main attraction of Agios Nikolaos in Karpathos is its calm atmospheres and picturesque location. Visitors can walk around the port and a few houses, take some photos. The beach is great for a pleasant swim in the sea, and also for snorkeling at the rocks. One of the sights of Agios Nikolaos is its tiny chapel, which was built on a hill behind the port.
In the area you can visit the narrow streets of Spoa (Σπόα), which is a small village on the hills nearby. The traditional Olymbos village (Όλυμπος) is situated about 24 kilometers away, the beaches of Kato Lefkos are 13 kilometers away, and the whitewashed houses of Mesochori can be find 11 kilometers from here.
Interesting fact, that there are two places in Karpathos island with the same name, but these are far away from each other. Agios Nikolaos (of Spoa) is located about 33 kilometers away from Agios Nikolaos beach, which is a golden coast next to Arkasa (Arcesin) village.
Where to stay
Agios Nikolaos village has just a few houses, so there are not much rooms for a stay. Click here check Sea Side Apartment (up to 4 guests) if you would like to stay here. For other accommodations in Karpathos island and for guest reviews take a look here: apartments, studios and hotels.
Why visit Agios Nikolaos near Spoa
Agios Nikolaos of Spoa is know as one of the most charming fishing villages in Karpathos island. Some visitors say that this place is a small hidden gem in Karpathos due its unique location, and definitely worth a small detour when we discover this area.
It has calm atmospheres, a tiny port and some small bays, which are great for snorkeling. If you visit the traditional Olymbos (Olympos, Όλυμπος) village by car or by scooter from the southern places such as Pigadia or Amoopi, Agios Nikolaos is of Spoa is near the main road.
- Location: 28 km to Pigadia
- Coordinates: 35.629335, 27.156735
- Αγ. Νικόλαος 857 00, Greece
- Population 7 (2011 census)
- Can be accessed via asphalt road
- Taverns, coffee bars, port, beach
- Secluded beaches in the area, suitable for snorkel
- Nearest village: Spoa, approx. 4 km
Have a great time by visiting this village!