Is there a place in Greece that combines a gorge, a river, a lagoon, a wonderful sand beach and a palm forest? The answer is positive and it is the Preveli beach. The beach is located at the exit of Kourtaliotiko gorge, where the homonymous river ends. It is one of the most famous beaches of South Crete and receives thousands of visitors every summer. Behind the impressive sandy beach begins the second largest palm forest of 40 hectares, which hosts the

endemic Cretan palm tree of Theophrastus. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2010, 70% of this forest was burnt down. Nevertheless, natural reforestation proceeded quickly, the forest regained its character and the area is now protected by the Natura 2000 network. In the heart of the forest, the visitor loses the sense of time and space. You can follow the marked path (and it is advisable not to step off it) and enjoy pictures full of greenery and listen to the sounds of running water. The river forms a small 500m long lake at its exit to the sea with year-round water. In the large swimming pools that form every now and then you can take a refreshing swim. A sandy beach is formed at the exit of the river with a pebbly bottom and the waters are very cool due to the
river. In the eastern part of the beach there is an impressive rock in the sea that resembles a mast or a heart.
As for the sandy beach, it has managed to maintain its naturalness as it has no umbrellas and sunbeds.
There is of course a canteen where you can get the essentials but that’s the maximum service you’ll get here,
hence make sure you’re organised.

What to bring with you

  • Comfortable clothes & shoes for bus trip
  • Beach equipment. (Beach towel , swimwear etc)
  • Hat , sunscreen, sunglasses


  • Adults  (12 + years old) : 37€
  • Children (4 – 12 years old) : 18.5€
  • Infants (0 – 3 years old) : Free of charge they must sit on the lap


  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Escort (Greek-speaking, English-speaking, German-speaking)

Not included

  • Ferry ticket Damnoni – Preveli Beach – Damnoni : Adults (12+ years old) 12€, Children (4 – 12 years old) 6€ , Infants (0 – 3 years old) Free of charge
  • Foods & Drinks

Duration of the tour

  • Approximately 12 hours (08:00 – 20:00)

Τhese prices concern the following areas

  • City of Chania
  • Daratso – Ag. Apostoloi
  • Kalamaki
  • Stalos
  • Ag. Marina
  • Platanias
  • Gerani
  • Tavronitis
  • Maleme
  • Kolymbari
  • Souda
  • Kalyves
  • Almyrida