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.
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