The Palm -Tree - Forest and Beach of Vai
The Palm - Forest Vai is situated 92 km eastwards from the City Agios Nikolaos, nearly a 2 hours’ drive. This small paradise belongs to the Monastery Toplou. There’s no doubt Vai is one of the hotspots of Crete. If you want to enjoy this paradise you have to wake up early in the morning, to arrive therere before the beach is crowded. During the 1970s a British advert featured Vai as the place where one could experience “the taste of paradise”, if one were to bite into a coconut sweet, covered in chocolate. The endemic Palm trees "phoenix theophrasti" can be found here. It is said that they grew as a result of Saracen occupation in the 9th and 10th centuries. The beach is well organised with sunbeds, umbrellas and water sports. you must pay to get into. The journey is the goal. The approach from Sitia leads through a biblical, dry landscape. Imposing, sparsely populated. A stop at the Toplou Monastery is worth seeing.
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