Discover the most unspoiled part of Crete, where palm trees end in turquoise waters and rocky mountains fall into the sea. The Monastery of Toplou dates back to the 14th century and is one of the most fascinating religious monuments in Crete. Toplou Monastery is situated in the Lasithi region between Sitia and Agios Nikolaos. It offers an unforgettable experience as its architecture and history, as well as the life of the monks and the organic products they cultivate, make it a destination in its own right. Further east, Sitia is a quiet seaside town known for its exotic beaches (Xerokampos, Goudouras and Koufonisi, to name a few) and laid-back life. Vai beach is a whole travel experience as its astonishing natural beauty is beyond words. The palm forest ends in the sea, creating a fantastic natural setup that takes you to the Caribbean.