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Agios Nikolaos, Crete

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Agios Nikolaos or Aghios Nikolaos is a coastal town on the Greek island of Crete. It is east of the island's capital Heraklion, north of the town of Ierapetra and west of the town of Sitia. In the year 2000 the Municipality of Agios Nikolaos which includes part of the surrounding villages counted about 19,000 inhabitants. Agios Nikolaos is the capital of the nomos or province of Lasithi. The name Agios Nikolaos means Saint Nicholas, who is the patron saint of sailors and of all of Greece. It had a population of 19,462 inhabitants in 2001, living within an area of 317.8 square kilometers, with a population density of 61 inhabitants per square kilometer. It lies situated at an elevation of 10 meters above sea level.
Agios Nikolaos is probably best known as a tourist town with tourist attractions that include the small lagoon Lake Voulismeni, small beaches in the town, the tiny island Agioi Pantes, the archaeological museum, the local flora exhibition, Iris, and numerous fairs. The lagoon features a small park with a trail, traditional fishing boats, ducks, pigeons, an amphitheatre and many cafes. Agios Nikolaos is accessible from the mainland and the whole of Europe through Nikos Kazantzakis airport and many daily ferry services in Heraklion. Two ships connect Agios Nikolaos daily with the ports of Piraeus and Dodekanisa. Recently the town became host of a department of a Technological Educational Institute, TEI, with tourism related courses.

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