The coastal road (A3) that goes off east of Sitia is the only one in the area with traffic because it leads to the two popular sights in east Crete - the Toplou Monastery (Moni Toplou) and the palm tree forest at Vai.
At the centre of the picturesque village of Roussa Ekklisia there is an enormous plane tree next to which runs the cold water of a spring.
An iced coffee made from the water of this spring and the deep shade of the plane tree give you the coolest stop you could make.
Returning to our main route, continue east on the coast road where there is not much to see, until you arrive at the historic Toplou Monastery.
Vai is a very beautiful place, but to enjoy it you have to come here after the end of September and before July.