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Itanos palm beach in eastern Crete
In Crete there are two very well-known and well-visited palm beaches:
beach and Vai beach. Itanos is also a palm beach, but not nearly
as famous as its sister beaches. There are not as many palm trees in Itanos
as in Vai, nor are there as many tourists.
Bananas for sale at the intersection of Vai and Itanos beaches.
The palm beach of Itanos is located approximately 3 milometers north of Vai in eastern Crete. If you think there are too many people in Vai, drive straight ahead at the intersection, instead of going down to Vai beach. At the intersection, a man called Nikos usually sells self-produced organic bananas. His bananas taste divine. I have only eaten such good bananas in India before.
Two of the beaches in Itanos.
In and around Itanos there are three beaches, none as good as
Vai and there are only a few palm trees, but this is outweighed by the
fact that so few go there, and a little respite may be needed after Vai.
The fact that Itanos has not been exploited is because there was a city
here in antiquity, which archaeologists are now excavating.
Itanos palm beach in eastern Crete.
The palm trees are truly impressive.
WHAT YOU MUST NOT MISS WHEN YOU VISIT ITANOS BEACH