Vaï, Kato Zakros, Palekastro
The beach of Vai, a fine sandy beach, the most famous in eastern Crete, with the backdrop of the palm forest, the largest natural palm colony in Europe with about 5000 trees. An opportunity to visit and eat at the nearby village of Kato Zakros, a village at the end of the world, in an exceptional natural setting. North of Vai, in Palekastro, the long beach of Kouremenos, very popular with wind and kite surfers. Finally, the opportunity to visit the beautiful and historic monastery of " Moni Toplou« .
How to get there
A car is essential here, as buses are rare. From Heraklion, it's a 2-hour drive.
To know, to visit, to do
In the high season, July and August, the beach of Vai is very busy. Go early in the morning before the many tourist buses arrive and then have lunch in Kato Zakros. A beautiful
To visit in the surroundings
Kouremenos, a beach is 1.5 km long with fine brown sand, shallow waters and many tamarisk trees. Exposed to strong winds, the site is popular with windsurfers and kite surfers internationally. Kato Zakros is a traditional fishing village on the edge of the " gorge of the deadts" this is because of the many Minoan tombs found in its caves and walls. Not to mention the recent discovery of the remains of a Minoan Palace. The area, which is one of the most secluded areas of Crete, is ideal for those seeking absolute tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of life.
In Kato Zakros, at the water's edge, there are a few small restaurants and friendly people. But the best thing is the exceptional natural setting of this site.
Top 10 in Crete: Loutro – Elafonisi – Falasarna – Balos – Chania – Samaria gorge – Rethymnon – Knossos – Agios Nikolaos – Vaï beach