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“beautiful palms” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Finikas Beach (Palm Beach)

Ranked #8 of 17 things to do in Plakias
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“beautiful palms”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

it was really beautiful and looks as though a big effort has been made to restore it after the fire.

Visited April 2012
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“Finally a National Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

Prevelli Palm Beach is surely the best beach on the south coast of Crete. For many years the beach was used by free campers, bathing tourist and all sorts of comercial stuff. After a big forrest fire in 2010, the local authorities took measurements to turn it into a park, which was already many years the plan. Now since 2011 it is finnaly done and visitors may enjoy a beautiful piece of Nature. Go there in the summer with the transfer boats from Plakias or Agia Galini

Visited March 2011
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“Limni Preveli (aka 'Palm Beach')”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2010

The beach at Preveli is much raved about locally, so we went. Others who are planning to do so need to know - DO NOT FOLLOW the first sign that points left, taking you directly in front of the high arched Venetian bridge. The tarmac surface very quickly ends, and then you find yourself clinging to the side of the mountains on gravel and scree, with terrifyingly high gorges, sharp bends and on a run only to be undertaken by a local in a 4x4 who has a death wish and/or sheep to tend to. Tourists in small rental cars they've only been driving five minutes will soon find themselves way out of their comfort zone, but once you get over the little bridge and go past the tethered goat, there are NO TURNING POINTS and you have little option but to continue. Well, you could always do what we did, which was have a phenomenal row about the sheer luncay of contnuing, which ended with me scrambling out of the car and walking back, convinced I'd never see my husband again as he continued down the mountain to the car park at the end.

IF you decide to go, ignore that first shabby turn off sign (painted in blue, beside a duck pond) and continue up the mountain towards Prevelli monastery. Before you get to the monastery, and as you approach the headland, there's a 'Private' car park on your right. This is where you need to turn off and park. From there it's a trek of 350 steps down to the 'beach' - stunning views along the way, but, when we were there, the beach itself really isn't that much to write home about. There are some small palm trees (scarred at the moment following recent fires), a river to wade across if you want to get to the beach and sea itself - no great difficulty, however it had rained heavily the day before we went, so the river - and the bay itself - was awash with mud which had come down through the gorges and was not at all inviting to paddle in! The 'beach' is grey volcanic grit, and not worth a specific journey for anything other than the views on the way down. There are far nicer beaches in and around this part of South Crete - Skinaria near Plakias is much nicer in my opinion, and you won't need the stress of wondering if you're going to die or not as you drive there if you're unlucky enough to believe and follow the first road sign you come across.

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“Limni Preveli - Well worth the hassle.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2010

It's a beautiful, beautiful place to be at. Well worth the trouble, in my opinion.

I took the bus from Rethymnon -> Preveli. It's the same bus that goes to Plakias but stops over at Preveli. You can check KTEL's website for the route and price. Do take note that the bus stop is at an obscure location and you MUST inform the bus driver that you're getting off at Preveli. The bus stop you're looking for is immediately after the Preveli Monastery stop.

There's no indication that it's a bus stop - But the bus will stop at the mouth of the road heading towards a carpark that leads to Preveli Beach.

Once at the "bus stop", it's a 30 - 45 minute walk to the beach. You'll have to walk along the road, past the car park to a cliff and down few hundred steps in order to get to Preveli. View from above is magnificent, so don't forget to snap them photos!

Renting a car and driving there would infinitely be easier - but you've still got to climb up and down said few hundred steps.

Well worth the trip but only if you're up for the "hike".

If you're taking the bus back to Rethymnon, don't forget to bring with you the bus schedule and be there waiting for the bus, else you get left stranded at the "bus stop". Give the bus +/- 15 minutes from said schedule to arrive and it will. (Don't freak out the way I did)

The alternative route would be to take a ferry to Plakias?

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“Off the beaten track, be brave, be careful on the road then enjoy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2010

Who cares where a chocolate bar advert was filmed? It's not the best of roads to Prevelli beach but it's Crete for goodness' sake. If you have very small children do it by boat as buggy access would be hellish. We drove there with two elderly friends (70's but active). We parked up and shlepped to the beach and had a very relaxing afternoon and it wasn't overrun with visitors (unlike the beautiful but these days over subscribed Elafonissi). Crete's an island of adventure so go explore.

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