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Vai Beach

Listed under Beaches in Crete, Greece.

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Vai Beach has the largest natural palm forest in Europe, which can be a surprise when you arrive from Crete's rockier interior. The water is clear and bright blue and good for snorkelling.

In the 70s this used to be a famous hippy spot, in the 80s it was a backpacker haunt – which lead to it getting a bit messy – but in the 90s it was cleaned up and protected and now it's lovely again, if more organised than it used to be, with a bar, cafe and umbrella/ gear hire etc.

Written by  Dan Pantone.

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