Vai, or more specifically the palm forest of Vai, is one of the most popular attractions in Crete and at the same time one of the most beautiful and unique locations in the entire Mediterranean. It attracts thousands of visitors every year due to its beautiful palm forest. It currently occupies an area of approximately 250 stemmas and it is the largest palm forest in Europe.
The forest in Vai is protected by European Union and many related conventions. It has been characterized as an “Aesthetic Forest”, one among 19 in Greece, and a “specially protected area”.