Preveli is the most famous beach in southern Crete, and welcomes thousands of visitors, who admire the unique natural environment and the ultimate sense of relaxation it offers. It is located about 35 km south of Rethymnon and besides the famous homonymous monastery has a magnificent beach, a large palm forest with palm trees of Theophrastus, a river named Great River and the exit of an impressive gorge named Kourtaliotiko.
The earliest date associated with the monastery is the year 1594, while its name is due to monk Preveli who was the renovator of the monastery. On the shores of the Grand River is the palm forest, which burned down two years ago (2010), but surprisingly returned to a large extent in a short time. The river is transformed into a lake 1.5 km long, before flowing into the sea and is full of water all year round. You can walk along the river under the shade of palms and other trees, and begin to climb the great canyon. At the exit of the river a sandy beach with pebble bottom and really cool waters due to the river are waiting for you . In the eastern side of the beach there is a beautiful rock that is look like a mast. Fortunately, the whole area is slightly organized.