The exotic, sandy beach of Vai with the crystal clear light blue waters is located 24 km eastern to Sitia at the cape Sidero and gives the sense that is not situated in Greece but in an African beach. Vai has the unique palm tree forest in Europe and it has been named after the word “vagia”, meaning “palm tree” or “rims of palm tree” in Greek. The beach is very clean with sand and pebbles, is well organized and has been awarded with the blue flag from the EU. This beach is one of the few samples of good combination of facilities with preservation and respect to the natural environment. Sea sport facilities, cafes and restaurants are available, in a scale that doesn’t damage this amazing landscape. The view that you can see there is breathtaking and is definitely a destination that you must visit. Close to Vai there is also Itanos where you can visit the archaeological sites and the monastery of Toplou. According to the local tradition the palm trees had been grown from the seeds that were thrown away by Arab pirates or Phoenician merchants. Within a space of 60 acres there are around 5.000 perennial trees, a real oasis at the desert-like landscape of Eastern Crete. This type of trees “phoenix theophrasti” as it is called in Botanology is found in European territory, only here and on the Canary Islands. The most suitable seasons to visit Vai are autumn and spring since in summer it might be too hot and you will not be able to walk. To reach the beach of Vai Aghios Nicolaos or Sitia is possible by rented or private car, motorbikes and the public bus of Sitia and taxi as well. Vai is a must place to visit when you are in Crete and in order to understand why you have only to imagine yourself under the shade of a palm tree near the beach.