The exotic sandy beach of Vai with the unique palm trees wood in Europe is situated at a distance of 94 kilometers far from Aghios Nicolaos at the Northeast and 24 kilometers eastern to Sitia. It has been named after the word “vagia”, meaning “palm tree” or “rims of palm tree” in Greek. According to the local tradition the wood had been grown from the stones of dates thrown away by Arab pirates or Phoenician merchants set ashore at the place. Within a space of 60 acres there are some 5.000 perennial trees, a real oasis at the desert-like landscape of Eastern Crete. The beach is somehow affected by the winds blowing in the area, but who cares about winds when being in such a breathtaking environment!
It is quite impossible to describe in words this landscape of unique beauty! Only whoever has visited it can perceive what is it like. It is one of the most special places in Greece and can be compared only with Meteora in Thessaly, with the Samaria Gorge at Chania and with a couple of other places. Due to the palm trees wood it looks rather like an African beach with sand and fine pebbles, placed on the territory of Europe.
The best seasons for a visit to Vai are spring and autumn, as in summer it is too hot for walks. But if you go there in summer, try to stroll around before 11.00 in the morning, or after 5.00 in the afternoon. Don’t forget that in summer the area gets too crowded. However, walking northwards along the beach you will find some smaller beaches, less crowded but equally beautiful. And a piece of advice: if you don’t want to rent an umbrella near the sea, don’t worry! You may relax under the natural shade of the palm trees, within the wood. What is better in a hot summer noon!
Wherever you are in Crete, don’t miss to visit Vai! If you leave the island without going there, you will have the feeling that you have seen nothing! It is not an exaggeration; it’s just the truth!!
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batalay (33461) 2011-05-17 22:52
What a dramatic photo! The massive rocks in the foreground and the serene beach below, all under some distressed clouds. I like the composition very much, and the informative note.
RhodieIke (9247) 2011-05-17 22:55
Hi Danos, Wow, great bold photo here of this fantastic scene,quite a climb to get this hey,super mood, Have a nice day, Cheers Iain.
bema (26179) 2011-05-17 22:55
a famous capture of that unique place and landscape, you show us here..reat pov and outlook from that point above the beach..
thanks for sharing, see you around, filika Bernd
besnard (50019) 2011-05-17 23:11
Une superbe vue plongeante sur la plage. Les couleurs sont bien saturées et le petit air exotique n'est pas pour me déplaire.
Merci pour cette belle image et bonne journée.
shevchenko (18725) 2011-05-17 23:38
Good bird view shot to frame the bay, clear to show the unique geographical feature, good intensive color, thick clouds add extra effect to the scenery, lovely nature view, thanks for sharing.
pablominto (53744) 2011-05-17 23:42
The rough coastal scenery is well captured1
The surrounding cliffs contrast well with the sandy beach, and the water colour fits well in the palette...
Sharp fine details and the wide DoF covers it all..!
jafadabret (56497) 2011-05-17 23:43
J'aime la composition et le graphisme de cette photo qui mettent bien ce paysage en valeur.
Il y a des paysages fantastiques sur notre planète et celui-ci en fait partie.
geoant68 (2747) 2011-05-18 0:14
η πανοραμική θέα της παραλίας του Βάι είναι εκπληκτική από το σημείο που την τράβηξες με τους φοίνικες στα αριστερά και τον βράχο στα δεξιά να αγκαλιάζουν την παραλία,καθώς το βλέμμα φτάνει μέχρι το μακρινό τέλος της.
dta (56974) 2011-05-18 0:59
Hello DAnos ,
Thanks to show us thei splendid beach . The composition is great , with the rocks in the FG , the superb sky , the beautiful colors .
If I go to Crete , I'll visit this place , for sure .
dkmurphys (42697) 2011-05-18 1:01
Fine panoramic view. A spectacular place, well catch moment. Good work, enjoy the day.
ikeharel (44279) 2011-05-18 3:21
The area around Agios-Nicolaos is really remarkable, as you did Danos.
I once drove and missed the entrance to the town, but we arrived at a fabulous location on the beach ( South-east in direction to town) - and sure looks like a paradise, as this place: A long stretch of fine turquise water "licking-up" clean sea-sand, also the trees in close proximity, where you might want to rest under shaded area.
Magnificet take from higher grounds.
Sonata11 (31299) 2011-05-18 4:49
what a beautiful view with excellent sharpness, an amazing colors, POV wonderful, sky, colors of water. Gorgeous picture. I love it. Excellent job!!!!!
All the best,
pajaran (41931) 2011-05-18 5:20
Dobar dan popodne.
Lepo mesto i trenutak ...
Lep pogled preko stene na peskovitu plazu i nebo sa strasnim oblacima, lepa fotografija.
Lepa igra svetla, boja i senki.
Dobar rad, tekst i kompozicija, moje cestitke na ulovljenom trenutku.
Prijatno popodne sa lepim vremenom, kod nas hladno i kisa.
Good day afternoon.
Nice place and a moment ...
Nice view over the rocks on the sandy beach and sky with clouds passionate, beautiful photos.
Beautiful play of light, color and shadow.
Good work, text and composition, my congratulations to the caught moment.
Lovely afternoon with beautiful weather, in our cold and rain.
All the best.
sandpiper (6560) 2011-05-18 5:48
Looks like a very beautiful place. I lik ethe colours in the water and the moody sky. Good composition.
Giorgio (11279) 2011-05-18 6:41
- In this moment unbelievable light under this very amazing sky is usual in your pictures Danos, anyway superb bay with relief effect because rocks in foreground, for a beautiful shot with nice technical quality, well done!
rodgerg (55767) 2011-05-18 7:51
An another beautiful place very well presented under an impressive nad nice sky well collected. i like too the excellent incurving balance in the composition nad too the beautiful contrast well collected.
Have a nice evening,
siamesa (27461) 2011-05-18 8:18
Boa tarde Danos
Splendid perspective and a perfect point of view. The colors are magnificents and the sharpness is perfect.Congratulations.
scroller (3407) 2011-05-18 8:32
The wide lens really works out well her! The sea, dramatic sky and the beautiful colours are excellent!
peppe59 (14551) 2011-05-18 8:51
very beautiful image, with a large post-production work, warm colors and appealing.
TopGeo (38080) 2011-05-18 9:31
Γειά σου Δάνο! Διάσημη παραλία και άψογο πλάνο! με φανταστικά χρώματα και αντιθέσεις! Μου άρεσε που ισορρόπησες το βάρος του ουρανού με τον όγκο του βράχου στο πρώτο επίπεδο! Χαιρετισμούς
alin-m (3716) 2011-05-18 9:34
A wonderful place with great colors of the sea and beautiful relief forms.Very interesting and good picture.
anokutan (15097) 2011-05-18 10:16
The composition is great , with the rocks in the FG , the superb sky , the beautiful colors .
paololg (31446) 2011-05-18 10:22
Ciao dear Danos,
this wonderful image shows well what you write in the notes. Truly a beautiful picture, enhanced by a nice PP work that emphasizes the lights and contrasts. Excellent feeling of depth. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice evening!
paninho (2931) 2011-05-18 10:31
Très bien prise cette photo! Bonne utilisation du grand angle, pour donner de la profondeur! Bon premier plan aussi! Les personnes donnent une bonne notion des proportions. Bien fait!
vasilpro (40565) 2011-05-18 10:47
Γεια σου Δάνο,
Ο συννεφιασμένος ουρανός ομορφαίνει την ωραιότατη παραλία στο Βάι και δραματοποιεί την ατμόσφαιρα, χρώματα και αντιθέσεις εξαιρετικά.
Καλή συνέχεια, Βασίλης.
fritzi007 (63) 2011-05-18 12:18
Certainly a dream place, your comment is very informative, congratulations!
quillo (11850) 2011-05-18 13:08
Beautiful image of the Greek coast,
contrasts and light is best,
congratulations friend Danos us
this attractive composition.
Un saludo y buenas noches.
Fis2 (77162) 2011-05-18 13:36
Excellent composition and frame.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-05-18 13:41
a picturesque atmosphere with beautiful composition, I like the POV and the romantic environment, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
ciakgiak (30385) 2011-05-18 13:56
autentica perla, un'immagine d'alta scuola, composizione perfetta con la roccia in primo piano e la splendida spiaggia sullo sfondo.
Un cielo tridimensionale completa la tua opera meravigliosa.
Un caro abbraccio
pierrefonds (51144) 2011-05-18 14:31
The curve of the beach is sending my eyes toward the mountains which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the rocks, of the beach and of the trees. The quality of the light is enhancing the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
Charo (51208) 2011-05-18 14:40
The place is a wonder of nature, but I imagine that in summer is filled with people to enjoy a swim in the beautiful beach, and that I do not like it so much, I love these places with few people.
Very beautiful view on a day that threatened rain or storm, but escaped some sunshine on the beach.
Magnificent colors and very good light.
fabianoleite (9162) 2011-05-18 15:57
The view is really amazinh, what a privileged perspective. The beach below and the rock on the foreground creat a contrast and a sense of distance which is fantastic. All the colors and lines are beautiful. Excellent work, congratulations!
Robert1969 (6650) 2011-05-18 21:56
I like this picture. The rugged landscape and the clouds fit very well together.
Youre chooise of point of view creates a lots of depth and highness in this picture and the very good composition makes the picture nice calmness.
The very good light makes the picture complete...Well done.
Graal (92274) 2011-05-18 23:24
very nice landscape. An interesting informations about the palm tree forest. I like the beach also, fantastic place for resting. Fine high POV You had. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
josepmarin (56575) 2011-05-19 1:27
a great high point of view that offers us a very deep vision on this beautiful landscape of the coast.
I like the luminosity of a cloudy day, which still keeps some blue in the sky, and the emerald hues in the sea, as well as the long sandy beach and its palms.
The rocks in foreground shine beautifully under the light of the Sun that penetrates across the clouds.
A beautiful composition, my friend.
Longroute (19392) 2011-05-19 1:44
your seascapes are always superb and more so when you capture them with this dramatic sky. This seems to be one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete and surely a place where I'd live to go! We have much the same tastes for marine places!
Very well captured and framed, it reminds me of some places here in Sardinia.
Have a nice day,
kato (9657) 2011-05-19 2:21
You're captuting well this beach by a good composition, excellent rich tone and beautiful spectacle, so it's impressive to see the coastline that meanders long and extends and clear sea with layers. It's interesting in parm tree forest to adjacent to sands as well as thickcloud in the sky, too. And, in the point to have tightened the entire image, a big rock in the right of this side draws out a good role, I think.
nilotpal_patra (1684) 2011-05-19 3:49
Namaskar Danos Kounenis,
It is realy, realy a Wonderful Picture. Beautiful Blue and green combination. Nice Nature picture. Nice Frame. Nice colour, contrast and sharpness. Nice POV. TFS.
Kielia (21597) 2011-05-19 4:08
I appreciate this fantastic image a lot, since it is showing this fascinating piece of nature from a very well chosen POV. Excellent perspective and a very good management of the light! You were lucky with this cloudy sky that adds some nicely contrasting colors to the scene. My compliments!
mauro61 (52545) 2011-05-19 10:03
splendido tratto di costa con una colorazione del mare davvero bella.
Mi piace l'inclusione della roccia in FG e l'ampia panoramica dell'immagine.
Cricri (92501) 2011-05-19 10:44
Une paysage magnifique, des couleurs et une lumière fantastique sous une scéne dramatique du ciel superbement capturer, vraiment une très belle image, j'aimerai être la
corjan3 (1935) 2011-05-19 11:38
What a fabulous landscape, from the structural patterns of the rocks in the foreground, to the beach and the sea further back, to the beautiful sky. Just a pleasure to view. Well done indeed. No wonder it has attracted so many viewers and amassed a large number of points. Best wishes.
jlbrthnn (79789) 2011-05-19 16:23
Good evening Danos,
You anchored skillfully the framing on this rock in the foreground. The neatness and the depth are surprising. Colors are magnificent. Congratulations.
Have a nice evening
delpeoples (48832) 2011-05-19 20:22
Kalispera dear Danos
What a magnificent coastline. It is very untouched and very rugged. The rock formations are beaitiful and you did well to include it in the foreground as it gives texture and also a sense of height to your photo. Lovely saturated colours and the sky combines well with the scenery to make a wondeful perspective.
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-05-19 22:47
Wonderful colors and POV in this excellent picture
Fine contrast and sharpness
Lovely cloudy sky
Have a nice day
krzychu30 (12833) 2011-05-20 0:58
what a beautiful landscape.The low clouds add some dramatic atmosphere and contribute thereby to uniqueness of this composition.Great POV chosen to present us the beauty of this place.The colors are just stunning,so bright and vivid.It must be wonderful place to spend vacation.
Have a nice day
HFASSOURAKIS (4) 2011-05-20 1:59
ΚΑΤΑΠΛΗΚΤΙΚΗ ΠΡΟΟΠΤΙΚΗ ΜΕ ΠΑΝΕΜΟΡΦΑ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ ΧΡΩΜΑΤΑ.
ΑΦΗΝΩ ΤΗΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΑ ΜΕ ΑΥΤΗ ΤΗΝ ΚΑΤΑΠΛΗΚΤΙΚΗ ΕΙΚΟΝΑ
ΤΑ ΛΕΜΕ ΣΕ 8 ΜΕΡΕΣ
ΧΑΡΗΚΑ ΠΟΛΥ ΠΟΥ ΓΝΩΡΙΣΤΗΚΑΜΕ
s_lush (16060) 2011-05-20 13:22
This is a really unique place. Not only the palm-tree forest is beautiful here, but also the rocks, wonderfully clouded sky, and the sea look highly aesthetic in your picture. The point of view, composition, colors, light, and qualities of the image are perfectly well chosen and managed by you. Excellent job!
raszid62 (18583) 2011-05-20 14:53
Πανέμορφο χρυσό, αμμώδης παραλία, κρυμμένη ανάμεσα σε φοίνικες και βράχους. Έκπληξη και όμορφο βαθύ μπλε της θάλασσας, τι ένα υπέροχο σμαραγδένιο και το τυρκουάζ, το χρώμα του. Όμορφη ουρανό, αν και πιθανότατα θα βρέξει.
baddori (19133) 2011-05-20 21:50
Quando vedo questi bei posti e colori cupi di meteo sfavorevole penso che il mare si sia gonfiando come una torta.
Significativo il ricciolo do "onda" sulla riva ...segno che il vento va "girando"
Foto bella ed interessante.
fds (6359) 2011-05-21 13:25
my friend great composition
i love in this picture the fantastic light and great landsea and very beautiful sky
this colors are fantastic
Nard (6915) 2011-05-22 2:34
Beautiful picture of this beach and a nice POV with this large view showing also the sea and hills. The beach seems to be not too crowdy at this time but I don't know if it is the same in summer.
abmdsudi (32685) 2011-05-23 10:02
Superb seascape captured in subtle light and colors. Impressive composition and good balance in high vantage point shaded by gorgeous sky and threatening clouds. Lots of finer detail capture with great dof, good textures and sharp throughout. The foreground rock is an attractive interest, nice diagonal along the beach line enhancing the depth greatly. I love the stunning turqouise water which combined harmoniously into this superb shot. Gorgeous shot, Congrats.
JCG (35129) 2011-05-23 10:57
Nice effect of wide angle on this picture to give plenty of scope for this beautiful marine environment. I love the contrast of all colors and beautiful sky that brings a special atmosphere to the image. A beautiful exotic place for vacations, pleasant look and thank you for your informative note.
With all my friendships and a wonderful evening,
subhendu_bagchi (21332) 2011-05-24 2:21
a great capture indeed. Like very much the contrasting colours. Light and depth are superb. A very good perspective captured with excellent POV. Thanks for sharing.
paura (47166) 2011-05-26 7:37
A peace of the paradise you show us in a excellent photo job. Excellent framing, friend.
Vasa (16612) 2011-05-27 7:18
Definitely, Vai is my destination. Thanks to you dear friend Danos. Two smiles for Crete.
Ninello52 (7065) 2011-05-27 10:49
Your photo enhances the beauty of the landscape! Beautiful framing of this point, wonderful colors of the landscape! The blue-green sea is fantastic and also the beautiful sky! Great beautiful photo that makes us finally see a different Greece, wildest, most authentic! Incredible beach with palm trees!
Best regards and good weekend! Nino.
siolaw (37642) 2011-06-04 9:38
Geia sou Danos
Nice POV for sure and superb landscape too. The colours of the sea are just gorgeous.
Good use of the FG roks to give depth.
We can also see some of the palm trees!
golden (2289) 2011-06-06 14:42
Καταπληκτική φωτογραφία Δανέ!
Απίστευτο το Βάι όπως και η υπόλοιπη Κρήτη..Εδώ το στοιχείο που ξεχωρίζω είναι ο δραματικός-άκρως εντυπωσιακός ουρανός σε αντίθεση με τα γαλαζοπράσινα νερά..
clic (12505) 2011-06-07 11:16
Geiasou Danos and thanks for your visit.
Well, that's a "rock-solid" natural framing all around this peaceful cove depicted with low contrast, due to partially shady sun!
The turquoise color of shallow water as well as the blue shades over the deepest bottom of sea convey an appealing mix of surfacing cold tones.
The front boulder stands beautifully on a vertical "line of interest" and completes the appealing setup.
plimrn (21344) 2011-06-29 4:05
This truly stunning composition is a favorite for me. The sharp detail of the golden rock in the foreground, the feathery palms on the curve of beach, the amazing shades of blue in the sea and that glorious sweep of clouds around a circle of blue are all captured with perfect light management and sharpness.
jimkil (1684) 2011-07-03 13:42
Lovely sweeping view of this beach, reminds me of Cape Maria Van Diemen here in NZ, the people show great detail and depth in the image whole the movement in the clouds also bring the eye into the image. Moody image, I like it.
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2011-07-10 7:25
Excellent, excellent view with this lovely cloudy sky. The people there, giving us an idea about the scale is also a good point.
sydb (579) 2011-07-14 13:51
une image a coupé le souffle des teintes ici son vraiment parfait et la lumière est vraiment bien exposée le ciel est magnifique la couleur de la mer est vraiment géniale et le roche en avant plan et un atout génial superbe travail comme toujours avec soin et detail bravo et toute mon admiration
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-07-19 3:05
This framing is very Danos-esque, very dynamic. the focus is on the beach, but the what's surround the beach is just as important in your image. I like the big bowlder in the foreground which is the starting point of this image. From there we gradually descend towards where the water is. As if I am there and trying to find my way down to the beach. Low hanging clouds add another dramatic effect to your photo. I like the photo very much, it's a very complex composition well under control. Thank you Danos for the image.
Very best regards,
sacimar (25969) 2012-02-20 5:30
this is a beautiful view, I like the composition with the rocks in the foreground, it looks a nice place to relax, I like the water colors also, well done,
maria-v1981 (10418) 2012-08-04 9:01
Το μεγαλείο της Φύσης. Αυτή η παραλία είναι ένας παράδεισος. Τα γαλαζοπράσινα νερά, οι φοίνικες διπλά στην παραλία και η αμμώδης παραλία δημιουργούν ένα ειδυλλιακό μέρος. Ο ουρανός απλά τελειοποιεί την εικόνα.
elenimavrandoni (10063) 2013-01-01 17:36
Οποιος πάει στην Κρήτη και δεν πάει στο Βάι έχει χάσει μια ευκαιρία να χαρεί αυτην την μοναδική παραλία με τα μαγευτικά χρώματα πού δείχνεις στην φωτογραφία σου. Μια παραλία ατελείωτη, με φυσική ομορφιά και περιβάλλον πού προσκαλεί για καλοκαιρινές διακοπές!
Καλό σου βράδυ Δάνο,
Miguel82 (14584) 2013-05-30 12:02
Good evening Danos,
It is a superb cove, dry vegetation, good pov, should be an a nice place to practice snorkeling
Clear shot with good depth, excellent colors
- Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) (78308)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 16-35mm 1:2.8 L II USM, HOYA Pro1 Digital 77mm MC UV
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Krete again
- Date Submitted: 2011-05-17 22:49
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