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Vai beach.

The exotic sandy beach of Vai with the unique palm trees wood in Europe is situated at a distance of 94 kilometers far from Aghios Nicolaos at the Northeast and 24 kilometers eastern to Sitia. It has been named after the word “vagia”, meaning “palm tree” or “rims of palm tree” in Greek. According to the local tradition the wood had been grown from the stones of dates thrown away by Arab pirates or Phoenician merchants set ashore at the place. Within a space of 60 acres there are some 5.000 perennial trees, a real oasis at the desert-like landscape of Eastern Crete. The beach is somehow affected by the winds blowing in the area, but who cares about winds when being in such a breathtaking environment!

It is quite impossible to describe in words this landscape of unique beauty! Only whoever has visited it can perceive what is it like. It is one of the most special places in Greece and can be compared only with Meteora in Thessaly, with the Samaria Gorge at Chania and with a couple of other places. Due to the palm trees wood it looks rather like an African beach with sand and fine pebbles, placed on the territory of Europe.

The best seasons for a visit to Vai are spring and autumn, as in summer it is too hot for walks. But if you go there in summer, try to stroll around before 11.00 in the morning, or after 5.00 in the afternoon. Don’t forget that in summer the area gets too crowded. However, walking northwards along the beach you will find some smaller beaches, less crowded but equally beautiful. And a piece of advice: if you don’t want to rent an umbrella near the sea, don’t worry! You may relax under the natural shade of the palm trees, within the wood. What is better in a hot summer noon!

Wherever you are in Crete, don’t miss to visit Vai! If you leave the island without going there, you will have the feeling that you have seen nothing! It is not an exaggeration; it’s just the truth!!

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