Toplou Μonastery

Toplou Monastery

Toplou Monastery

Palm Forest and beach Vai is at the eastern end of Crete, near the monastery Toplou, one of the most important monasteries in Crete with vast areas of organic farming. In Toplou is established an organic producers group and also there is an olive oil mill who produce Biological olive oil, and units for organic-biological wine and raki. (more…)

Sitia region

Sitia  City

Sitia City, 24 km far from Vai Restaurant!

Sitia, 24 km far from Palm Beach Vai restaurant,  is a picturesque town, built in an amphitheatre shape beside the sea in the Gulf of Sitia. Our town is situated on the north-eastern edge of Crete. It has a population of 9000 inhabitants and it is economically and administratively the centre of its own Province. Sitia includes an airport, and a shipping port with connections to Piraeus and the islands of the South-East Agean. (more…)

Palekastro village


Palekastro, 6 km from Vai Restaurant

Palekastro is a small village at the east end of the mediterranean island Crete. It stands on historical soil. Already at Minoan times the region was a centre of trade. The port of Itanos which is today several meters under the water line shows an impressive certification. (more…)

Ancient Itanos and the beaches

Itanos area

Itanos area, 2km from Vai Restaurant

A short drive north of  Palm Beach Vai (2 km) you find the relatively isolated bays and beaches of Itanos . In fact, there are 3 beaches here: the first is the one at the end of the road, the second is reached walking to the north (the beach on the photo) and the third is also reached walking south behind the small fortress. The third one is also suitable to spend time under the shade of the palm-trees. (more…)

Kouremenos beach

Windsurfing in East Crete

Vai Restaurant: Windsurfing in East Crete

The large one! More than two kilometres of fine sandy beaches looking to the east – that’s Kouremenos, app. three kilometres east of Palekastro. Take the road to Vai, move right at the crossroads 2km from Palekastro village.

Even during the high season in August one feels almost alone every now and then. Nude bathers meet below the red rocks of “The Kastri” mountain at the southeast end. Locals remain completely in front nearby the road which leads also to the port. (more…)

Palm Beach Vai

Palm Beach Vai

Palm Beach Vai

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 Nikolaos 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 legend the wood had been grown from the stones of dates thrown away by Arab pirates or Phoenician merchants set ashore at the place. (more…)