Things to do in Preveli

Our most recommended things to do in Preveli

From Rethymno/Chania: Day Trip to Preveli Palm Beach

1. From Rethymno/Chania: Day Trip to Preveli Palm Beach

Visit Preveli beach, the Kourtaliotiko gorge, and the resort village of Plakias on this tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Rethymno or Chania. Cruise aboard a boat on the Libyan sea, swim in crystal-clear waters, and relax on a sandy beach.  Start your tour from your accommodation where your guide will meet you. Take a short scenic drive through to Damnoni beach where your personal boat driver awaits. Find yourself in Preveli after a short, picturesque boat ride. Enjoy a swim in the Libyan Sea at Preveli beach and feel free to explore the Kourtaliotiko gorge and marvel at the mountainous terrain. Connected to Preveli beach is a series of springs and waterfalls that lead into the gorge which can also be visited. Discover a mixture of sandy beaches, lush forest, and mountains. The next stop is the small resort of Plakias, situated near Souda Beach. Have free time go for lunch, swim or go shopping. Return to your accommodation on a route through the Kourtaliotiko gorge.

Heraklion: Preveli Tropical Beach and Palm Forest Day Trip

2. Heraklion: Preveli Tropical Beach and Palm Forest Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day excursion from Heraklion to Preveli Beach on a bus trip with a local guide. Discover South Crete's Grand River, Kourtaliotikos Gorge, and a colony of Theophrastus palm trees. Sunbathe on the sandy beaches, swim in the turquoise waters, watch for wildlife, or hike regional trails.  Begin your tour with a bus ride from the north coast to Preveli Beach, where you can swim in the turquoise Mediterranean water or stroll the sandy beaches. Look for a rock shaped like a heart, known as The Stone of Lovers, and marvel at the steep cliffs and misty hilltops of nearby Kourtaliotikos Gorge.  Continue your tour by hiking along the banks of the Grand River to discover the Forest full of Theophrastus palm trees. Hike further up the river trail to a canyon and beach where you can further swim, hike, or sunbathe, before heading back down the path to the bus and returning to Heraklion.

From Elounda:West Crete & Venetian Rethymno Private Day Tour

3. From Elounda:West Crete & Venetian Rethymno Private Day Tour

Pair up with our top local insider & journey along the golden expanse of West Crete by the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle. Submerge into a bespoke adventure fueled by the shimmering authenticity of ancient villages, hospitable locals who live close to untouched nature, lavish gorges spilling their rivers into the sea & storied Byzantine Monasteries nestled among utopian wonders. Tuck into the genuine flavors of our legendary forefathers. Unearth the archaic hamlet of King Agamemnon where water resources are pure, the temperature is ideal, & the local knowledge of food is an art. Prepare to be mesmerized by delicious aromas of slow-grilled lamb & melt-in-mouth river fish placed around an open fire straight in front of you. Luxuriate along the seaside town of Rethymno wallowing in the charm of the labyrinthian streets & Venetian fortification. Revel in the glamour of the old town that makes it a minor playground for authentic street markets & eclectic wine-cocktail bars.

From Rethymno: Preveli Palm Forest Hike and Beach Day Trip

4. From Rethymno: Preveli Palm Forest Hike and Beach Day Trip

Swim at the delightful Preveli beach, explore the Preveli palm forest, and be surrounded by beautiful hills, olive groves, and mountains as you hike on this full-day trip. Be picked up from your hotel at 8:30 AM and start a comfortable 40-minute drive towards the south coast. Reach the area of the famous Preveli Monastery and the second-largest palm forest in Crete. Begin your 1.5-hour hike to palm beach. Walk through green fields and close to the walls of the Kourtaliótiko gorge below. Be blown away by amazing scenery and a fresh sea breeze as you arrive at the south coast. Next, swim in the clear, blue Libyan Sea. Walk along the banks of the Preveli river and take in the palm trees surrounding you. Enjoy the natural pools here and choose to take a dip. Leave Preveli beach for another walk of 1-hour. Stroll through lush pastures and use the shepherd tracks for a more adventurous walk. Finally, arrive back to the car and drive to a nearby taverna to enjoy a refreshment or tuck into a well-deserved lunch.

Heraklion: Private Day Trip to Western Crete and Rethymno

5. Heraklion: Private Day Trip to Western Crete and Rethymno

Pair up with a local insider and journey along the golden expanse of west Crete in the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle on this day trip from Heraklion. Choose from a range of vehicles that range from 3-12 seats. Visit destinations like the mountain village of Argyroupoli.  Be picked up from your accommodation in Agia Pelagia, Heraklion, or Hersonissos and begin your journey into western Crete. Sip on mineral water and snack on fresh fruit during the drive. Wander the village of Spili which is known for its monuments and medicinal herb garden. Travel to the foot of a mountain to visit the Byzantine Monastery of Preveli which overlooks the vast blue Libyan Sea. Expereince views the Kourtaliotiko and Kotsifou gorges. Encounter hospitable locals who live close to untouched nature.  Visit the village of Argyroupoli a local spring give birth to the Mouselas river. Get local recommendations on where to tuck into the genuine flavors of Crete. Unearth the archaic hamlet of King Agamemnon where water resources are pure, the temperature is ideal, and the food is an art.  Prepare to be mesmerized by the delicious aromas of slow-grilled lamb, melt-in-your-mouth river fish placed around an open fire. Go for a stroll in the seaside town of Rethymno and admire the charm of the labyrinthian streets and Venetian fortifications. Revel in the glamour of the old town's authentic street markets and eclectic wine-cocktail bars. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour. 

From Chania: West Crete & Venetian Rethymno Private Day Tour

6. From Chania: West Crete & Venetian Rethymno Private Day Tour

Pair up with our top local insider and journey along the golden expanse of West Crete by the comfort of a luxury chauffeured vehicle. Submerge into a bespoke adventure fueled by the shimmering authenticity of ancient villages, hospitable locals who live close to untouched nature, lavish gorges spilling their rivers into the sea, and storied Byzantine Monasteries nestled among utopian wonders. Tuck into the genuine flavors of our legendary forefathers. Unearth the archaic hamlet of King Agamemnon where water resources are pure, the temperature is ideal, and the local knowledge of food is an art. Prepare to be mesmerized by delicious aromas of slow-grilled lamb and melt-in-mouth river fish placed around an open fire straight in front of you. Luxuriate along the seaside town of Rethymno basking in the charm of the labyrinthian streets and Venetian fortification. Revel in the glamour of the old town that makes it a minor playground for authentic street markets and eclectic wine-cocktail bars.

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What people are saying about Preveli

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 339 reviews

Good experience! You will first be picked up by a small minibus near the hotel and then transferred to a larger coach. From Heraklion it takes a little under 3 hours from pick-up to arrival Preveli with a break in between. The large bus was comfortably air-conditioned and the ride was quiet too. Overall, the trip was on schedule and well organized. The guide was very friendly and in between gave valuable information about the area in different languages. Preveli is a beautiful place with many palm trees and a visit is recommended. The descent/ascent is rocky but can also be done with good flip-flops.

I really wanted to know a little more about the life of the Cretan people, their everyday life. Certainly, the best choice was this Land Rover safari in the central part of Crete from Rethymno to the coast of Preveli. I don't want to reveal all the details ☺️, but you should know that Dionysos, our driver, managed the whole day very professionally, many real stories, and facts about the island, but most importantly; Dionysos has a good sense of humor. The whole day is an unforgettable experience in my life. Thanks Dionysos!

The boat was clean and comfortable, and nicer than the large group boats and I bought my ticket on the bus. the cliffs along the coast were spectacular and we saw goats up on precarious ridges. The river was as the pictures, clean and not too deep so walking to some small falls was easy. Water shoes helpful for it's stony but ok without as some smooth. the restaurant regimented for lunch was local and delicious. family business and work a great view of local mountains from the port. a really worthwhile tour.

The trip was organized very good. Enough time in each location. Everything was on time. Great day tour to see that beautiful area in the south.

an excellent experience with the competence and good humor of Dionysis - present and considerate throughout this day rich in discoveries