Today it is considered one of the most beautiful parts of Crete and the beach has been awarded a Blue Flag by the European Union.Sitia is about 2 hours drive from Heraklion, and Vai is another 30 minutes further.

From these dates grew about 6,000 palm trees, of which 4,500 are still growing today.You can, however, stay in one of the hotels in Palaikastro, 10 kilometres south of Vai, or in Sitia if you want to be more centrally placed.'Passion And Warfare Review' at Yahoo Music, July 13, 2005, Retrieved February 27, 2008.

The palm forest of Vai now covers an area of approximately 250,000 square metres, making it the largest palm forest in Europe.From Sitia, take the road to Moni Toplou (Toplou Monastery) and continue another 8 km past the monastery to the palm forest.