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Review of Preveli Beach

Preveli Beach
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Preveli Beach is a little beach at the end of the Preveli River ('Preveli' apparently means 'Big River'!). The valley on the sides of the river (before the Gorge becomes too steep) is filled with Date Palms (hence the nickname 'Palm Beach'), a recent re-plant flowing a big fire in 2010. The beach itself is more fine stones than soft sand, but it isn't uncomfortable and the water is good. Do explore the Palm forest behind (and not just to go to the toilet! There is a toilet at the Taverna anyway), because the little stream has a jacuzzi feature upstream that you may enjoy if you can stand the cold. At the back of the beach there is a little shack that serves as a Taverna, and there is a shower one end and a toilet the other end. Apparently you can steer your car down winding tracks from the Kourtaliotiko Gorge and then walk down a track that leads onto the beach through the Palm forest - but I don't think you'd bring your sunloungers and barbecues this route. Better to arrive on a motor boat from one of the neighbouring beaches where you get lovely views of the south Crete coastline.

1  Thank redsimon
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Better visit in june or september.350 big step to go down and 350 to go up!!! Walk inside palm tree enjoy the special and clean sea

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Reviewed October 5, 2013

We took a boat from the harbour in Plakias to Preveli Beach. Its about a 30 minute ride which was totally enjoyable. Preveli is beautiful and quite interesting with its Palm forest and mountainous landscape. There is a small taverna at the beach so you don't need to pack any food or drinks.

1  Thank lovegreece01
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Preveli Beach is a lovely hidden part of the south coast of Crete, a couple miles south east of Lefkogia. As much of the coastline in that part of the world it is fairly gritty and so not completely smooth sand. The beach is still very comfortable.

Access to Preveli Beach is part of the appeal. There are two routes. The first is by car and walking. The car park is at the top of the cliff not far from Preveli Monastery. It costs a couple Euros to park and there is actually quite a lot of parking space even if it takes a moment or two to spot the secondary parking location. The road to the car park is typical Crete - winding, not well maintained, and at times single track.

From the car park the descent to the beach is incredible. It is an awe-inspiring view over the Libyan Sea. It is hard work though. Completely inaccessible for anyone with accessibility issues. Bank on it taking anywhere from 5-15 minutes of descent on the stone cut steps and path down.

The other route is by boat. There are boats from various tourist locations nearby including Plakias and Damnoni. With two options the best choice is to go to Preveli Beach twice and try each option out once.

There is a downmarket cafe at the beach. It serves a very limited range of food but given its monopoly on the location can be very busy. Prices are very reasonable though and better than for other spots in this area of Crete.

Preveli Beach is in a cove and has remarkably calm waves. It is an easy dip for swimmers of any skill level. The water is cold in southern Crete.

There is a stream running through the beach which offers a second watery option. It is also a good place to wash the sticky sand off.

Many visitors seem to use the copse of trees for shade. There is good shade amongst those trees but only for those there early enough to capture a spot. There are no options for artificial shade.

A nice diversion from Preveli Beach is a walk through the palm trees. These were apparently more magnificent before a fire a few years ago but the walk is still excellent. It is fairly simple and so accessible for most except those with wheels. The walk takes in a bit of a gorge so there is great backdrop on either side as well as imposing boulders to clamber over for the adventurous. The walk eventually turns into the stream which is much wider at this point and a source of joy.

The downside of Preveli Beach is the people. There are unfortunately just too many other people, it is slightly too popular. While this is not exactly people packed in rows, it is well populated. The visitors seem to be Austrian/German, French, and Russians in the main. Unfortunately they smoke a lot and dispose of cigarettes on the beach.

The reason there are slightly too many people is Preveli Beach's greatness. There are not all that many places to go in the region but this is at times an awe-inspiring place with incredible views

2  Thank Malarchy
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

This beach is unusual in that it has a river flowing onto it and a palm grove at the rear of it. To get there most people have a long hike down the cliffside. We, however, went by boat as part of a day sightseeing trip. Much easier!

Thank flowerlady48
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