- Palekastro in Crete
Hotels and apartments
The old village of Palekastro (or Paleokastro) is 19
km from Sitia and is a typical original farming village that has grown
and become more lively in recent years, yet still very much retains
its delightful character. As the nearest village to the famous palm
beach of Vai, in far eastern Crete, it is a good place to spend a
few nights while visiting Vai,
and in any case is a lovely place to get completely
away from the crowds. From here travelling in various directions,
there are numerous outings or sightseeing possibilities to be had.
For example the clean and beautiful beaches of Chiona and Kouremenos,
both of which have Blue European Flag awards, and are also very good
for wind surfing. The tiny traditional village of Agathia with its
pretty sky-blue domed church which can be seen from far. 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 with oregano. The very well known
beach of Vai is 8 km away from Palekastro, and also has been awarded
the Blue European Flag. It is very inviting with its pale silken sandy
beach, fringed by tall date Palms, and offers delightful swimming
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. Our houses and villas in the quiet surrounding area of Palekastro,
are far removed from any hustle and bustle, and should give you the
possibility of becoming familiar with the gentle rhythm of the Cretan
way of life..
Hotels & apartments in Vai - Palekastro
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Top beaches. Crete, Greece
Kouremenos near Paleokastro (North-Estern Crete)
A real magnet for windsurfers from all over the world, who find ideal wind-wave combinations.
Rihti - Exo Mouliana near Mochlos (North-Eastern Crete)
Two hours walk through the Rihtis gorge, which is a beautiful path that culminates with Rihtis waterfall near Rihtis beach, will take you to one of the most secluded beaches of the island.
Istron or Kalo Chorio (North-Estern Crete)
A place filled with legends and traditions – but you will find quality tourism services too.
Maridati South of Vai beach (North-Eastern Crete)
Two big rocks are the landmarks of this beach that remains unknown to the masses.
Mochlos (North-Eastern Crete)
A village filled with fish taverns with a view of the Pseira Island, and lots of archaeological findings.
Kato Zakros (Estern Crete)
If you follow the two hours long footpath through the “gorge of the dead” you will be rewarded with the view of a magnificent beach but also of the Minoan Palace of Zakros destroyed on 1450 B.C. possibly by a Thira (Santorini) volcano explosion.
Hiona near Paleokastro (North-Estern Crete)
Shallow waters for the kids and young swimmers, and a well known - all over the island - local fish soup.
Aghia Fotia - Sitia (South-Estern Crete)
We are not talking about the district with the same name at Ierapetra, here we find ourselves 7 kms east of Sitia in an area where the biggest cemetery of Minoan Crete was discovered.
Xerokambos – Sitia (South-Estern Crete)
Thousands of lilies at the eastern part of Crete fill the atmosphere with sensual vibes.
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