Built around a natural amphitheatre 200 m above sea level, the last village before Cape Maleas, it has a spectacular view towards Kythera, Antikythera and even Crete when the weather is favourable. Set in a landscape coloured by endless shades of green, it is deal for relaxing walks through the lanes that wind off the main road. Cretans and other islanders formed the nucleus of the original population long before 1821, earning their livelihood from fishing, farming, livestock breeding and the merchant marine.
An authentic village atmosphere lives on, with a small output of products such as olive oil, honey, cheese, onions, vegetables and specialities such as kalitsounia pies, skordomakarouna, melitokraso (honey wine), and samousadhes pastries.
A little further to the southwest of Aghios Nikolaos on the road to Cape Maleas are the petrified forest at Aghia Marina (7.4 km), the small fishing inlets of Korakas and Profitis Ilias with the chapel of the same name, and the small beaches of Rismari, Aspes, Lygia and Pigadi.