Nestled 10km south of Agios Nikolaos in the Kritsa area, Vathi is an artificial beach that wasn’t even in existence until 2010. It is hidden from sight from the main road connecting Agios Nikolaos with Eastern Crete. This secluded beach is protected from strong winds and features fine whitish sand and crystal clear waters creating a picturesque landscape. The beach is operated by the luxurious Daios Cove Hotel and is the perfect spot for families looking for a calm and peaceful beach day, as there are no waves. To reach the beach, take a left before the hotel entrance and follow the street to the houses outside the resort, where you’ll find a narrow street leading to staircases. Snorkeling is also available, as you can explore the rocky shores of the Gulf.