Vai Palm Forest

The only palm forest in Europe, with the beautiful beach and clean waters, is situated on the northern edge of the region on the headland of Sidero and its beauty is unique in Crete. The palm trees grow naturally here and their fronds cover the banks of the small stream that leads to the sea.…

Chiona beach

This is a long, beautiful, unorganized beach, sandy, with shallow crystal clear waters and enough tamarisk trees offering shade. Chiona name has nothing to do with chioni (the Greek word for snow). Conversely, it is derived from chiona which means carob storehouse in the Cretan dialect. Indeed, the whole area was known for trading carobs,…

Xerokambos

It is a long sandy beach with shallow, turquoise waters and small dunes, which lies about 28km from Palaikastro. The beach of Xerokambos is an ideal destination for some rest and relaxation as well as for underwater fishing lovers, because of the caves that surround the beach. North of Xerokampos is the Salt Lake or…

The Gorge of Rihti

One of the most beautiful small gorges of eastern Crete with a an engraved and marked route that follows the banks of the small river, which has running water all year round and forms a lovely waterfall. It starts a bit further from the village Exo Mouliana and ends at the beach of Rihti, east…

Ha Gorge

One dominant feature of the area of Ierapetra is the Ha Gorge, in front of the beautiful village and the Minoan settlement of Vassiliki. It is considered to be one of the wildest gorges in Greece, a rare morphological phenomenon of nature, caused only by an endogenous factor, like a tectonic activity. This karst was…

Toplou Monastery

The time of the monastery foundation is uncertain and those involved in detecting it failed to present convincing evidence for their views. What we know for sure is that the small temple of the monastery that its feast-day is celebrated on the Birth of the Virgin Mary, was the central point of the monastery. The…

Kapsa Monastery

Between Makrigialos and Goudouras, carved on the rocks next to the exit to Pervolakia Gorge, the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Kapsas is gazing out the Libyan Sea and Koufonissi Island since the mid-15th century. Other sources indicate that it may have been established much earlier in the 13th century. The only fact we know for…