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Vai Beach

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Address: Vai, Crete 72300, Greece
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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The palmbeach Vai

We went a curvy but scenic route from Sitia to beach Vai. It cost money to park the car. The sand was soft and nice and the water was calm. It was not so much people on the day we... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2016
Ulf S
Umea, Sweden
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Vancouver, Canada
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282 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Picking a nice beach in Crete is not particularly difficult but how one rates them is very much depending on what you want. There is no denying that Vai Beach is lovely; great view, palm trees, golden sand and relatively calm water. The thing I didn't like was how commercialized it has become. There is a €2.50 fee for parking... More 

Thank smrgeog
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach is pretty remote, but well worth the drive to get to. Other reviews describe the beach so no need to add how picturesque it is. There is a good carpark at the entrance, €2.5 for the day, and on the beach a pair of sun loungers are available for €9. The beach also has changing cubicles and showers,... More 

Thank James F
Tonsberg, Norway
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Must be visited. Amazingly beautiful with all the palm trees. There were few people here in May. Probably a bit more cramped in the summer

1 Thank Grebubbnubb
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28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good place with palms and all necessary infrastructure for beach lounge. Beautiful landscape from the hill.

Thank Сергей М
Umea, Sweden
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161 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

We went a curvy but scenic route from Sitia to beach Vai. It cost money to park the car. The sand was soft and nice and the water was calm. It was not so much people on the day we visited the beach and there were plenty of loungers. There was also plenty of space for those who want to... More 

Thank Ulf S
Iasi, Romania
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Best way to spend one day with nice and colorful water. Like tip: try to go at first hour from the morning to catch 1-2 hours without people. After this the buses start to arrive and the beach is not so quiet, in specially if that buses are full with Russian people. :))

1 Thank Sava G
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Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Vai beach is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Recommend. Is worth of the drive. Water is clean, on the beach is small sand, also lot of shadow.

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Omaha, Nebraska
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

We drove to Vai Palm Beach around 8:30 in the morning when staff were preparing for lots of tourists. We didn't have to pay to park, we just walked down onto the beach and enjoyed wading in the sea and taking in the quietness of the morning on the beach. We left around 9:30 just as tourists started to arrive... More 

2 Thank Jerusalem_Philly
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This is the most beautiful beach that I have been to in all of Create. Surrounded by palm trees you can see why they filmed the Bounty advet here. Facilities,excellent changing rooms, toilets,sunbeds water sports, there is also a taverner and a kiosk for refreshments. A must vist if you come to Create.

Thank Rodger A
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

First time I visited Vai was in 1997 now in 2016 it is spoiled with a big parking lot, shops, and cafeterias and good knows what. Many people, many sunbeds and really not very pleasant. I would not recommend if you live in the Chania area to go the 336 kilometres to Vai if you don’t have other things planned... More 

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