This eastern section takes in a series of headlands and small coves, gorges descending to the sea, the Moni Toplou area .. and some wonderful beaches, such as that of Vai, with its famous palm-groves.
Starting the tour at the beaches of the east coastline, going south to north, you come first to that of Kato Zakros.
A small seaside settlement with a wonderful and peaceful pebble beach, and blue crystalline waters with a fascinating sea-bed, just right for exploration.
Lying at the mouth of the Chochlakies Gorge, this is a lovely, calm beach with sand, small gravelly stones and clear and crystalline waters which deepen suddenly – suitable therefore for swimming and underwater exploration.
In essence this is two isolated beaches, with crystal-clear waters, surrounded by cliffs. The southern is pebbly, whilst the northern has sand.
All around the area are olive groves. The beach (Snow) itself is quiet enough – large, very beautiful and quite without organization: sandy and with shallow blue crystal waters, and some tamarisks for shade.
This is very close to the beach at Vai with its renown palm-forest. A small, delightful beach with sand and crystal-clear waters, it is deserted and secluded, which recommends it to those wanting to escape from the crowds, and to the nudists.
By the ancient town of Itanos stretch three exquisite beaches, in an area excellent for relaxation and diving alike.
This beach lies on Cape Sidero, the northeasternmost promontory of Crete, a wild and rough place: it sits in a small cove around which rear tall and steep massy cliffs, in which caves have formed.