Palekastro is a lively, unpretentious village, its sources of income being agriculture and tourism and is situated 19km east of Sitia. Although the village is growing, it manages to retain its character and charm. The village square is the centre of activities and is lined with cafes and tavernas. Many a pleasant hour can be passed here, watching the world go by.
An enjoyable 20 minute walk through olive groves leads to a number of beautiful, quiet beaches, one of which being at Kouremenos bay, famous for windsurfing. Europe’s largest natural palm grove, bordering the beautiful beach of Vai, is just 8km from Palekastro and is well-worth a visit. Set in a rocky landscape 10km from Palekastro, is the magnificent 14th century Toplou Monastery, which is open to visitors and has a rich collection of icons and other treasures, which can be viewed in the museum.