Agios Nikolaos – Sitia – Vai – Moni Toplou – Agios Nikolaos (4-6 hours)

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The area of Sitia is marked by the active port to the northeast of the island which connects Crete with the Dodekanese islands.

Sitia is the birthplace of poet Vintsentzos Kornaros. Visitors can also enjoy a wide choice of important monasteries (Toplou,Kapsa, Faneromeni) and archaelogical sites, beaches lined with palm trees,coves with shimmering water, and spectacular routes through the proud mountains surrounding the area.

Vai palm-tree forest.

You are bound to fall head-over-heels for this quasi-exotic scenery of unique beauty. Magical beyond expectation the palm tree forest spans over 25000 square meters which makes in the largest in Europe. Due to the indigenous Cretan date palms the forest has been a protected area since 1973.

Go on a guided tour of the most significant historic monastery on the island.The monastery resembles a small fortress, with the 10 meter-high wall surrounding it an imposing bell tower soaning to 33 meters, and an extensive collection of icons and artifactsrevealing century-old secrets.