Vai or else the palm forest of Vai is one of the most popular attractions in Crete . It has one of the most beautiful and special places in the entire Mediterranean. Vai attracts every year thousands of tourists to the beautiful palm and the long sandy beach. Vai ” discovered ” by hippies who were persecuted in the early 70s from Matala and found in search of new shelter. In the 80′s Vai was declared a protected area and the beach bring the Blue Flag of the European Union . The reason for inclusion of the category of protected natural areas EIAV existence of endemic Cretan Phoenix . This particular palm is known from Minoan times and called Phoenix Theophrastii.