No words can describe it - you have to be there (on the way to Preveli Palm Beach)! Nature is powerful.
About the ride
The Gorge of Kourtaliotis is one of the most fascinating attractions in Rethymno. The huge cliffs of the canyon with openings and caves reach up to 600 m. The canyon is a home for thousands of species of flora and fauna. Gorge of Kourtaliotis is crossed by the road which leads to the bottom of the gorge. Down there is the church of St. Nicolas. The springs of Kourtaliotis, near the chapel, are one of the nicest attractions of the gorge.
First, you will head to the monastery of Preveli. The monastery of Preveli is situated in a beautiful natural setting on the western slopes of the Great River and the palm area. The monastery operates as a male monastery. It reaches 170 m above sea level and has the breathtaking sea views. Many of the relics (sacred vessels, vestments, gospels) and images from the 16th-20th century are displayed in an elegant museum. The Monastery of Preveli is also known for its Holy Cross, dedicated to the Abbot Effraim of Preveli.
The next destination is the Beach of Preveli, also known as Lake Preveli or Phoenix, located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotikos Gorge, where the Great River (Megas Potamos) flows.
It is certainly the most famous beach in the southern Crete, welcoming thousands of visitors every summer. During the 60's and 70's, it was the favorite destination for hippies. On the banks of the Grand River, there is a large colony of Theophrastus palm trees, which give the region a sense of an African landscape. The river forms a large lake, 500 m long, before emptying into the sea. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees, and start ascending into the beautiful canyon or swim in the cold ponds formed in the gorge. A big fire in 2010 burned almost everything in this paradise, but the palm forest has recovered from most of the damage.
At the exit of the river, the 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 shaped like a mast. There are no beach umbrellas but there are a few restaurants and snack bars nearby. You can also rent padel boats for a ride in the river.
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You will be picked up by a personal driver at a convenient place and time
Enjoy your trip in a nice air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi
Pick the stops and the time you spend on each one
Spend less time finding locations and waiting, and more time enjoying your travel
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We were pretty excited about this beach after reading so much reviews on it. Be prepared to hike down via a rocky pavement to the beach area. Views are fabulous from the top but I have to be honest to say there are many better beaches around in Crete.
Included in the price
- Hotel pickup and dropoff
- Well-maintained car with an English-speaking driver
- Free wifi onboard
- Fuel and tolls
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Water and snacks
- Entrance fees for all attractions
- Official tour guide (you can include one after the booking)
- Lunch, other beverages and meals
- Tips and gratuities
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What is the cancellation policy?
100% cancellation penalty applies when service is cancelled 24 hours or less prior to service delivery date or in case of no-show.
Comfortable Clothes & Shoes
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and good walking shoes since certain areas, such as the walking around to Kourtaliotiko Gorge & Preveli Palm Forest contains many steps and may have uneven or rocky ground. Don't forget your swimsuit, towel and sunscreens. Please note that religious sites require modest attire- knees and shoulders must be covered.
In the summer months, the sun is especially strong (even on cloudy days) so we recommend that you wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself. Also, be sure to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Photography is permitted in most historical sites unless otherwise mentioned.
We recommend you always keep local currency on you (euro) as many local merchants do not accept cards as payment.
Accessibility & Special Needs
Should anyone in your group have special needs or have advanced accessibility requirements, please specify upon booking and we will make sure to accommodate your needs and customize your tour accordingly.
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- Please note that the Welcome Drivers are not licensed to be your official tour guide at the local attractions and therefore will not accompany you into the sites. You may, however, hire a professional tour guide at an extra cost
- Your Welcome Driver will provide you with their local knowledge and personal recommendations between stops. Since your safety is Welcome’s top priority, please refrain from distracting the driver during demanding driving conditions
- Your Welcome Driver will drop you off and pick you up as close as possible to your stop whilst always respecting local traffic laws
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