Visit the famous Preveli palm beach – one of the most popular “tourist destinations” of Crete. Here Megalopotamos river surrounded by the palm trees, enters the sea. The view and the beach are unique so place is unique. But you do not have to “do” this beach in a traditional, touristic way. We offer you a different way to experience its beauty and uniqueness than traditional sunbathing with the crowd of other tourists.

We invite you to a 4-wheel drive car, during which you will experience the diversity of the landscape of this corner of Crete. From mountain slopes with views of olive groves, hills over Plakias Bay, gorges overgrown with oleanders to gravel roads winding along the wild, unorganized beaches of the south. The Preveli beach can not be reached by car. Asphalt leads to a parking lot on a steep cliff above the beach. However, thanks to the gravel road we will get to the Preveli from the opposite side, where the cliff is much gentler, and thus easier. Already after a short walk, we will see the vertical walls of the ravine and the river flowing into the sea, in a wreath of palm fronds. We will tell you about the strength and uniqueness of Cretan nature. There will be an opportunity for swimming, a moment of rest and a walk along the palm path. On the way back we will be accompanied by a secluded landscape of the wild coast, stretching far to the east of the crowded palm beach.

  • bath and walk among palm trees on Preveli beach
  • panoramas of the Cretan wilderness and the wild beaches of the south
  • deserted gravel paths
  • in total about 4 hours
  • Spili – Preveli drive: 45min (18km)
  • stay on the palm beach, including a round trip (about 20min one way): 2-3 hours
  • Preveli – Spili drive (southern crushed stone): 45min (21km)

About 1 km 300m (about 650m one way)

  • about 60m
  • slight elevations when crossing the cliff to / from Preveli Beach

Path, stairs, sand


11 AM

Agreed place / hotel in the area of Rethymno or Spili, the main square, under the fountains

Spili is a traditional Cretan village, located on the route Rethymno – Agia Galini. Coming from Rethymno, on the right side of Spili there is a large parking lot, where you can leave your car.

The central point of Spili is a square with cafes, an old plane tree and lion-shaped fountains.

Spili distances from:

  • Rethymno: 34min (27km)
  • Plakias: 29min (21km)
  • Agia Galini: 29min (25km)
  • Chania: 1h 18min (86km)
  • Heraklion: 1h 32min (107km)
  • water
  • beach accessories (towel, swimming trunks, sunblock)
  • lunch (small tavern on Preveli beach)
  • comfortable hiking shoes
  • flip flops, crocs or shoes to the sea to the beach
  • a comfortable outfit
  • a hat
  • sunglasses