Maridati beach is a relatively unknown and quiet spot on the eastern coast of île de Crète. This small and secluded beach is located south of Vai, and not far from the coastal settlement of Kouremenos – a popular windsurfing area. The beach has soft sand and small pebbles as well as crystal clear waters. Due to its location and secluded nature, it is not organized, however, the tamarisk trees that frame the beach will be able to provide some shade if you forget your umbrella. Here, you will also find a small taverna and a few rooms for rent, if you decide to base yourself in the area. The beach is fine for unsupervised camping. To get here from Sitia, follow the road to Palaiokastro, and then take the road north to Vai. The last section is a dirt road, which runs through what the locals call “the Valley of Colours” After about 1.5 km you will reach the beach.
De Maridati, it is possible to follow a coastal hiking path both north towards Vai and south to the settlement of Kouremenos. The southern route is much shorter, taking less than 1 hour to complete while from Vai à Maridati, you can estimate more than 4 hours. It is an excellent path that takes you through various hidden coves and charming bays where you can swim in total privacy. Care should be taken not to walk too close to the edge of the rocks and to bring enough water to stay hydrated under the strong summer sun. In addition to Vai, le monastère de Toplou is a very popular attraction and offers visitors the chance to taste some of the local wine varieties. About 15 km south, we come across the village of Chohlakies. Here, you can park your car and hike through the Chochlakies Gorge, which leads to the magnificent beach of Karoumes. This is the last section of the E4 European long-distance hiking path on the island, which totals more than 10 thousand km and starts near Kissamos. Le village de Kato Zakros further south, and the Gorge des morts, is another destination that combines mountainscapes and lounging on the beach.