From Lefkada to Corfu, Mykonos, Santorini, to name a few, Greek islands are the ones to remember forever, even if you only visit them once. Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands, enticing you to fly over and enjoy all of its beauties as you soak up the sun and splash in the warm waters of the Mediterranean.
If you’re choosing Crete for your next holiday, don’t miss a chance to go straight to Vai Beach. Here’s what you can expect of this gorgeous vacation spot.
About Vai Beach
Vai Beach is located at the far eastern tip of Crete and will absolutely enchant you with its stunning fine sand and pebbles. Thanks to a unique and luscious palm forest, it easily becomes everyone’s favorite vacation spot on Crete. Lovely, tall, leafy palms, creates a splendid getaway for tourists. The clear water makes it a spectacular snorkeling spot, allowing you to explore the deepest ends of the Mediterranean.
You can find food, beach gear, cameras, drinks, and other temporary services at the beach, but don’t hope for a village or accommodation options nearby. An assortment of beach chairs and umbrellas is available for renting, and when you get hungry, you can hop to the nearby monastery and have some yummy Greek specialties.
If you’ve found accommodation in Sitia, Vai beach is 24 km away. Once you approach the area, you’ll notice a lovely forest surrounding the beach in the middle of a valley behind a freshwater pond and creek. Vai Beach on the eastern side of the island, and you’ll notice that getting there will require some serious maneuvering.
The closer you get, the more zig-zags you’ll have to do through the mountains. Don’t worry about the lack of people on the way to the beach. The minute you approach the Vai beach, you’ll notice a whole bunch of tourists enjoying its wonders.
If you visit the beach in October, it won’t be as crowded as in September or August. However, you’ll still be able to find beach chairs and have a delicious meal at the restaurant. If you visit off-season, you’ll have to either hitchhike or rent a car because no bus service is available then.
Things to do around Vai Beach
Waterskiing is one of the most popular activities in this part of Crete. The beach of Vai, the palm forest, offers waterskiing lessons that you can take at the licensed school and with the help of a professional and experienced instructor.
Your safety will always be put first, and you can trust that all the coaches will be by your side every step of the way. If you own snorkeling gear, feel free to bring it with you and dive in the pristine blue waters of the Mediterranean.
Spend hours upon hours floating around the shore, exploring the sea depths, and marvel at the diverse and abundant variety of marine life. From fish to coral, you’ll be enchanted by the beauties that lay below the water’s surface.
Windsurfing and jet-skiing are the most popular at Vai beach but don’t be surprised if you spot topless bathing too. Nudists love this part of Crete and will be spotted from time to time on Vai beach.
Iera Moni Toplou
If you’re in the mood for sightseeing, make sure you visit Toplou monaster. This famous site is located in a little developed part of the island. It used to be an important historical place, so make sure you pay it a visit. Trust us, you won’t regret the walk because you may run into the very tasty Cretan bananas grown in the neighborhood. Alternatively, you can also buy bananas from stalls on the street and have a true taste of Crete.
Furthermore, you’ll also have a chance to enjoy a beautiful setting and visit a winery across the road. Plan a full-day trip, to have time to take photos and soak up all the beauties of Crete. A winery is located just across the road from the monastery, offering a wine tasting event. The staff will serve you a variety of wine that you can taste alongside other types of spirits to take a sip of and see what the Greeks relish in.
Where to stay
Good accommodation is not always easy to find, but if you want to fully relax on your trip to Crete, you simply must have an appropriate room and an even better bed to sleep in. Not to mention that the ambiance should make you feel at home and offer all the comfort you need. All that and much more you’ll find at the Castri Village Hotel and Villa Amalia.
Castri Village Hotel
This 3-star aparthotel features a restaurant and bar/lounge alongside a variety of rooms and other facilities. A coffee/tea in a common area is there for you to enjoy a morning cup of joe if you want to mingle with other guests. Free wi-fi in public areas alongside free self-parking is also at guests’ disposal at all times. Additionally, when you don’t want to spend time outside the hotel, but still crave sunlight, you’ll be able to lounge by the seasonal outdoor pool.
Castri Village Hotel offers 58 air-conditioned accommodations. Rooms feature furnished balconies that will make for perfect mornings and even more gorgeous sunsets. Bathrooms come with bathtubs or showers and complimentary toiletries. Every apartment has a kitchenette with a refrigerator and a stovetop, allowing you t whip something up quickly if you choose the package that does not include all three meals. A TV with satellite channels is there for you to feel less bored if the rain hits at some point and prevents you from enjoying the perfect Vai beach.
Villa Amalia offers six accommodations with air conditioning, and every room features a furnished patio. Kitchenettes are there to make your cooking much easier and quicker, offering refrigerators, stovetops, an electric kettle, and cookware alongside dishes and utensils. Guests at this beach apartment building will be allowed to use barbecue grills and a picnic area.
Where and what to eat
Vai Restaurant Palm Beach
When you feel like you could have a snack and go for a yummy Greek meal, head to Vai Restaurant Palm Beach. They offer superb seafood, alongside a plethora of Mediterranean tastes that will seduce your palate to the finest levels. You can also ask for European and unique Greek food. If you’re on a special diet, this establishment offers vegetarian-friendly meals as well as a vast number of vegan and gluten-free options.
At Metohi Vai you’ll find an authentic building, unique food tastes, and very friendly, attentive staff. Have you always wanted to try lamb in salt in the oven, or maybe pork in vinegar? Try veal too and enjoy an absolutely fantastic assortment of food. The service is quite superb, and you won’t taste food like that anywhere else in Crete. However, if you’re in the mood for fish, you’ll have to go elsewhere.
Crete is the largest Greek island and, as such, offers an array of lovely beaches. However, if you want to experience the best of Crete, be sure you visit Vai Beach and all the interesting surroundings. You’ll plan your next trip to Crete before you even arrive back home.