Visit and swim in the magnificent Preveli Palm Forest.
Duration: Approx. 9 hours
Capacity: 1-8 persons
PREVELI PALM FOREST tour highlights
Walk through the Kourtaliotiko gorge inside the river
Walk through the palm tree forest and river of Preveli
Enjoy a traditional meal in a local restaurant
Customize your Preveli Palm Forest Tour:
● If you don’t wish to visit Kourtaliotiko gorge or Preveli beach, you can choose Kalypso beach or Plakias. Additionally, you can add a stop in Rethimno city in the afternoon on your way back to Chania.
● If you wish to customise the tour even further, please let us know in the request form your ideas and we will help you to have an unforgettable tour.
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- English speaking driver
- Air-conditioned mini van
- Cold soft drinks and beverages during our journey
- Beach equipment (snorkeling, kids equipment, umbrellas, bath towels)
- Power chargers
- Wi-Fi on board
- First aid kit
- Liability insurance
What’s not included
- Snacks and meals
Don’t forget to bring
- Walking shoes (optional)
Your tour, your way: We understand that each traveler, or traveler group, has specific interests around which they plan their holiday, so if you are not satisfied with the suggested itinerary, you can add or remove an activity, but please do let us know in advance using the contact us form. If the total duration of the tour ends up being more than 9 hours, there would be an additional fee of €30/hour.
The gorge of Kourtaliotis is located 22km south of Rethymno and has a length of 3km. It is one of the most spectacular natural attractions of prefecture Rethymnon. The huge cliffs of the canyon reach a height of 600 meters and are full of openings and caves, where significant fauna species live. The canyon is crossed by the Kourtaliotis River which flows up to Lake Preveli. The springs of Kourtaliotis, near the chapel, are one of the nicest attractions of the gorge. Just below the springs is the amazing waterfall of Kourtaliotis with a large flow of water in a very narrow and dark part of the gorge, which can be reached by swimming from a lower level of the river.
Preveli beach is located about 35km south of Rethymno. Beach of Preveli, also known as Lake Preveli, is located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotikos Gorge, where the Grand River (Megalos Potamos) flows. It is certainly the most famous beach in south Crete, accepting thousands of visitors every summer. During the ’60s and ’70s, it was a favorite destination for the hippies. On the banks of the Grand River there is a large colony of Theophrastus palm trees, which give the region a sense of a tropical landscape. The river, forming a small lake, 500m long, before emptying into the sea, has water all year round. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees and other trees, and start ascending in the beautiful canyon. You can swim in the cold ponds formed in the gorge.