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Preveli Beach, Lefkogia

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Find Preveli Beach, hidden away just below a historic monastery where the lagoon and beach are known locally as "Palm Beach." A grove of palm trees crowds the opening of the Kourtaliótiko gorge that opens onto the sand. Boats from Plakias will bring you from your resort to the site, where you can swim in the Libyan Sea and hike the grove in this relatively isolated location. Although the beach is secluded, there is a small cafe nearby. Consider including a visit to the monastery and a hike through the gorge while you're here. With our international travel planner, Lefkogia attractions like Preveli Beach can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Preveli Beach reviews

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  • Amazing palm trees. Swimming at the river was refreshing. Take some water with you if the weather is too hot. 
    Amazing palm trees. Swimming at the river was refreshing. Take some water with you if the weather is too hot.  more »
  • From the car it's a little bit of a hike up and down a cliff to the beach, not something I can recommend if your disabled or weak-legged. From the beach you can walk a small trail following the river....  more
    From the car it's a little bit of a hike up and down a cliff to the beach, not something I can recommend if your disabled or weak-legged. From the beach you can walk a small trail following the river....  more »
  • The Preveli Palm Forest was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Crete. The lush greenery and crystal clear water of the Kourtaliotis River made for a breathtaking backdrop. We particularly... 
    The Preveli Palm Forest was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Crete. The lush greenery and crystal clear water of the Kourtaliotis River made for a breathtaking backdrop. We particularly...  more »
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  • In April there were only a few people there, a very beautiful scenic beach. We visited as a part of a hike on both sides of the gorge. Crossing the stream on the beach was a little bit challenging because it was quite deep and the current was strong.
  • Unique beach with a palm forest and a river on one side and the sea on the other. There are roughly 500 steps going down from the parking lot - doable with small kids and adequate shoes. Water shoes recommended, but not required.
  • Beautiful beach, need to walk down the cliff (stairs) or in the river. Worth it, in August very crowded.
  • View is breathtaking you can walk and swim on the beach. *Drive to DINYSOS BEACH* which is a 8mins walk to preveli beach. Wear a appropriate foot ware there are steep uneven steps to climb however nowhere as exhaustive as 400 odd steps mentioned in other reviews when driving direct to Preveli beach. There is a little hut to grab a quick bite to eat and also access to changing room and wc toilet.
  • What was forecast as a rainy day couldn't have turned out any nicer! The bus ride from Heraklion traversed through the coastal mountains in the northern side of Crete and then down through the gorges and valleys until we made a boat transfer at Damnoni Beach for a 30 minute ride along the craggy cliff southern coast. When you arrive at the hidden beach of Preveli, you are met with Palm trees and high bluffs, and you immediately feel the seclusion of a small spot of paradise. Walk upstream along the cold water river that flows from mountain springs into the Libyan Sea. Every turn is another breathtaking view and photo op! Then hike up one of the trails to the top for amazing southern views of sparkling clear water and landscapes! Relax and enjoy!!

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