Preveli beach

Preveli beach is located on the south coast 35 kilometers from the large city of Rethymnon - toget to it, you need to cross the island along the highway from north to south. The beach is located in the protected natural area of Preveli Dimon Foinika kai Lampis, at the mouth of the river and next to the Monastery of Preveli. This is another (second largest in Crete) beach, located in the middle of a palm grove.

Beach description

The beach itself is partly sandy, partially pebble; the bottom is flat, the water is clean, transparent. The river flowing into the sea makes it cooler in comparison with other southern beaches. From the natural attractions nearby are the lake, gorge, and palm grove with a foot path. From the cultural- the above-mentioned medieval monastery, part of which is operating, and the other part is turned into a museum.

From Plakias to the beach there are boats. If you are coming from Rethymno, you can take a bus, a rented car or a taxi. The car can be parked near the monastery, after which you will have to go down a steep slope and then climb back. This is why the beach is recommended for those who like to enjoy the active rest or who want to see the sights in addition to swimming. There are quite picturesque places here – there is a place to take a photo session.

When is the best time to go?

Greece - a country with a long length from north to south, so the recommendations will vary depending on the place where you are going. The holiday season  begins in May and reaches a peak in July-August: there are too many tourists, and the temperature on the southern islands reaches 40 degrees, which may still not play a role on the beach, but certainly not suitable for sightseeing. So the best time to relax in Greece is the end of spring-beginning of summer or September-October. 

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15 place in rating Greece 13 place in rating Crete
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