From here there are numerous outings or sightseeing possibilities. For example the clean and beautiful beaches of Chiona and Kouremenos, both of which have Blue Flag awards, and which are also very good for wind surfing. The tiny traditional village of Agathia with its pretty sky-blue domed church, can be seen from afar. Other worthwhile outings are to Itanos, the smaller version of Vai, with white sand and slender palm trees, to the Monastery of Toplou, as well as to the Minoan Palace of Kato Zakros.
There are plenty of opportunities to go walking, and there are lots of gorges in this area. The most famous gorge is the ‘Valley of the Dead’, a sheltered, fertile, almost sub tropical valley. The very well known beach of Vai is 8 km away from Palekastro, and also has been awarded the Blue Flag. It is very inviting with its pale silken sandy beach, fringed by tall date palms, and offers delightful swimming conditions. The extensive ‘oasis’ of palms, extends quite some way inland and the area is under a conservation order, apart from the front beach area. You will find a variety of water sports available and there are some beach-cafes serving snacks and drinks.
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