Vai beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Crete which is known primarily from the largest palm grove in Europe, covering about 250,000 square meters.
Vai is situated in East Crete, approximately 24km from Sitia, 90km from Agios Nikolaos and 8km from Palaikastro village.
Because of crystal clear water, yellow sand and palm trees, Vai earned the title of the most exotic place in Crete.
If you are planning to visit this place in the summer, you may want to read some of the useful information which will help you to organize your trip.
- The best way to get to Vai is by car. It takes about 3h drive from Heraklio, 2h from Agios Nikolaos and 30 minutes from Sitia. You can leave your car in the parking lot behind the forest, which costs 2.5 euro per day (2016 prices).
- If you are planning to come to Vai by public bus, you can find a time table here http://www.ktelherlas.gr/en/ . You may also try to find a travel agency which organizes trips there.
- The beach is well organized, with sun beds, umbrellas, toilets, showers and wooden walkways (easy access for buggy or wheelchair).
- Couple of sun beds with umbrella cost 9 euro, or 3 euro if you arrive after 4 p.m. (2016 prices). If you want to save some money, you can bring your own sunbed and set up a little further down the beach. That is completely free.
- Vai is one of the most popular attraction in Lasithi region and has many visitors during summer season. In July and August, it gets very crowded so if you are planning a trip there, you may want to arrive as early as possible.
- The sea does shelve quickly down and may be dangerous for small children.
- The beach is rocky in some places which means you may need some rubber shoes on when swimming.
- Because Vai is declared a protected area, camping is strictly forbidden.
- The archaeological site of ancient Itanios town is located only 2 km away from Vai and has small, but very beautiful and quite beaches. Worth visiting if you want to avoid a crowd 😉
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