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Preveli is located about 35km south of Rethymno and 10km east of Plakias. Beach of Preveli, also known as Lake Preveli or Phoenix, is located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotis Gorge, where the Great River (Megas Potamos) flows. It is certainly the most famous beach in south Crete, accepting thousands of visitors every summer.


During the 60s and 70s, it was a favorite destination for the hippies. On the banks of the Grand River there is a large colony of Theophrastus palm trees, which give the region a sense of a tropical landscape. The river, forming a small lake, 500m long, before emptying into the sea, has water all year round. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees and other trees, and start ascending in the beautiful canyon. A big fire in 2010 burnt almost everything of this paradise, but the palmgrove recovered and still remains a heaven on earth.
At the exit of the river, a sandy beach with pebbles and sand is formed, with sea water being very cool due to the river. In the eastern part of the beach, there is a beautiful rock reminding of a heart. The beach is not well organized because the area is protected, without any umbrellas.

Please note that Rubbish disposal and taking seashells from the Beach is strictly prohibited.

Kourtaliotis or “Kourtaliotiko” Gorge

The Kourtaliotiko Gorge is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful gorges of Crete. Inside, the Kourtaliotis River flows, crossing its 2.5 km in length and its towering slopes that reach 600 meters in height.
The gorge begins from the village of Koxare in the prefecture of Rethymno and reaches the lake of Preveli. Stone steps begin from the Kokaere - Asomatous road and reach the interior of the gorge, at the church of Agios Nikolaos and the springs of Kourtaliotis. The gorge is an important biotope, since rare species of birds of prey live in the caves formed on its slopes.

Indicative Time-Table:

08:00-09:00 Pick-Ups
1st stop at Damnoni Beach
2nd stop at Preveli Palm Beach (free time 2,5h)
3rd stop at Plakias village for lunch
4th stop at Kourtaliotis Gorge for photos
18:30-19:00 Arrival at your hotel

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Guiding in English
Air-Conditioned bus
Full Liability Insurance

Not Included

Food & Drinks
Boat ticket 15€/adults and 7,50€/children (3 - 11,99 yrs) will be paid in cash at spot

Pick Up time:

Pick up time and location is at ticket. 

Tips & Don't Forget

Sunblock (a lot!)
Sunglasses and Hat
Long-Sleeved Shirt for Sensitive skin
Swim Suit and a Beach Towel!


Most Famous beach of Southern Crete
Visit the 2nd largest palm forest of Crete
Swim in the Crystal Clear Waters
Walk through the River surrounded by Palms
Visit one of the most vintage places for Hippies

Cancellation Policy:

Reservations must be made no later 24 hours prior to departure. Any cancellation must be made 24 hours prior trip. In case of late cancellations, no refund will be made.

If a trip is cancelled due to insufficient participants or adverse weather conditions, we will refund 100% of made payments.

Important! In case of any changes in the excursion program Destination Platanias will send you a sms. Please make sure your phone is on and charged.

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  1. Platanias
  2. Rethymnon
  3. Kourtaliotis Gorge
  4. Damnoni Village
  5. Preveli Palm Beach