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Rethymno: Preveli Beach Damnoni Beach Kourtaliotiko Day Trip

Rethymno: Preveli Beach Damnoni Beach Kourtaliotiko Day Trip

Discover 3 of the most famous beaches on the south coast of Crete. Travel through the wild Kourtaliotis Gorge where you will stop to see the magnificent waterfalls and the springs of the river Preveli that flow inside the gorge and which result in the river at Preveli Beach. The first stop in the south is at the sandy beach Damnoni, where the boat is waiting to take you to Palm Beach Preveli at the south-end of Kourtaliotis Gorge, at the mouth of the river Preveli. Enjoy some time for a splendid swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea, sunbathe and relax, and embark on a short hike through the tropical forest. Visit the south of Crete and stop at the viewpoint above where you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view and take some fantastic pictures. Hop on the boat to take you to Preveli, a unique mixture of the sandy beach and the green river which is flanked by palm forests and rocky surroundings. Here you will have time to enjoy the refreshing Libyan sea and the Cretan Sun. Continue to the sandy beach of Damnoni, where the boat is waiting to take you to Palm Beach Preveli at the south-end of Kourtaliotis Gorge, at the mouth of the river Preveli. Enjoy some time for a splendid swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea, sunbathe and relax, and embark on a short hike through the tropical forest. Hop back on the boat and return back to the sandy beach of Damnoni. The next stop is the small resort Plakias, situated in a natural bay. Here you can have lunch, go for another swim or do some shopping. We will take another road to return to Rethymno, driving through the impressive Kotsifou Gorge.

From Rethymno: Preveli Palm Beach and Damnoni Tour

From Rethymno: Preveli Palm Beach and Damnoni Tour

Following pick-up at your hotel. Sit back and enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Kourtaliótiko Gorge as you make your way to the beautiful beach of Preveli. Get breathtaking views of the blue waters of the Aegean Sea contrasting with the lush green of the palm forest and lagoon. The first stop is Damnoni beach. From here you will take the boat over to Palm beach. Take some free time to soak in all the beauty of the clear blue waters combined with the lagoon and palm forest. Enjoy time to purchase lunch and refreshments in Damnoni and admire its beautiful clean beach. After Damnoni we will visit the small fisher village Plakias. Journey back to Rethymno and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

From Rethymno/Chania: Day Trip to Preveli Palm Beach

From Rethymno/Chania: Day Trip to Preveli Palm Beach

Visit Preveli beach, the Kourtaliotiko gorge, with hotel pickup and drop-off in Rethymno or Chania. Cruise aboard a boat on the Libyan sea, swim in crystal-clear waters, and relax on a sandy beach.  Start your tour from your accommodation where your guide will meet you. Take a short scenic drive through to Damnoni beach where your personal boat driver awaits. Find yourself in Preveli after a short, picturesque boat ride. Enjoy a swim in the Libyan Sea at Preveli beach and feel free to explore the Kourtaliotiko gorge and marvel at the mountainous terrain. Connected to Preveli beach is a series of springs and waterfalls that lead into the gorge which can also be visited. Discover a mixture of sandy beaches, lush forest, and mountains. Return to your accommodation on a route through the Kourtaliotiko gorge.

From Herakleion: Day Trip to Preveli Beach and Kourtaliotiko

From Herakleion: Day Trip to Preveli Beach and Kourtaliotiko

Discover one of the most famous beaches on the south coast of Crete. Travel through the wild Kourtaliotis Gorge where you will stop to see the magnificent landscapes and the springs of the river Preveli that flow inside the gorge and which result in the river at Preveli Beach. Visit the south of Crete and stop at the viewpoint above where you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view and take some fantastic pictures. Enjoy a full-day excursion from Heraklion to Preveli Beach on a bus trip with a local guide. Discover South Crete's Grand River, Kourtaliotikos Gorge, and a colony of Theophrastus palm trees. Sunbathe on the sandy beach, swim in the turquoise waters, watch for wildlife, or hike regional trails.  Begin your tour with a bus ride from the north coast to Preveli Beach, where you can swim in the turquoise Mediterranean water or stroll along the beach. Look for a rock shaped like a heart, known as The Stone of Lovers, and marvel at the steep cliffs and misty hilltops of nearby Kourtaliotikos Gorge.  Continue your tour by hiking along the banks of the Grand River to discover the Forest full of Theophrastus palm trees. Hike further up the river trail to a canyon and beach where you can further swim, hike, or sunbathe, before heading back down the path to the bus and returning to Heraklion. 10:45 Arrival at Preveli – free time 15:00 Departure from Preveli 16:50 Arrival in Heraklion Route: 210 km Duration: app. 7hours

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Preveli Palm Beach-Kourtaliotiko

From Rethymno: Day Trip to Preveli Palm Beach-Kourtaliotiko

Discover the raw beauty of Crete on this guided day tour from Rethymno to Preveli. Take the opportunity to visit Preveli Beach, the Kourtaliotiko gorge, cruise aboard a boat on the Libyan Sea, swim in crystal-clear waters, and relax on a sandy beach. Relax ─ your tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Rethymno or Chania. Start your tour from your accommodation where your guide will meet you. Take a short scenic drive through to Damnoni beach where your personal boat driver awaits. Find yourself in Preveli after a short, picturesque boat ride. Enjoy a swim in the Libyan Sea at Preveli Beach and feel free to explore the Kourtaliotiko gorge and marvel at the mountainous terrain. Connected to Preveli Beach is a series of springs and waterfalls that lead into the gorge which can also be visited. Discover a mixture of sandy beaches, lush forests, and mountains. Return to your accommodation on a route through the Kourtaliotiko gorge

From Chania: Preveli Palm Beach Day Tour

From Chania: Preveli Palm Beach Day Tour

Begin your day with pickup at the designated pick up location and head towards Damnoni. Make a stop at Spili village on your way for a coffee break in order to enjoy the beautiful historical village of Spili. Continue on your journey, as guide will collect the money in order to bring you the ferry tickets. Arrive at Preveli beach where you will be able to stay there for 3 hours and explore the Kourtaliotis Gorge, the Palm Tree Forest, or relax at the beach. Explore outside of Chania and see a gorge, river, lagoon, a palm forest, and wonderful sand beach all in one trip. See the beach, located near the exit of Kourtaliotis Gorge. Experience one of the most famous beaches in the South of Crete. Admire the area behind the beach, where begins the second largest palm forest of 40 hectares, which hosts the endemic Cretan palm tree of Theophrastus, protected by the Natura 2000 Network. 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. Immerse yourself in the beautiful nature and admire the natural scenery. Make a stop at the end of the river, which forms a small lake at its exit to the sea with year-round water. Take the chance to have a refreshing swim in the large swimming pools that form every now and then. Enjoy the beach in its natural state, as there are no sunbeds or umbrellas. Stop at the canteen where you can get the essentials if you need to. Depart from Prevali beach and head to Damnoni where you will catch the bus and head to the village of Plakias as you will have free time to have lunch and drink at one of the taverns. Make a brief photo stop on the return journey and enjoy the stunning view of Kourtaliotis Gorge, before being dropped back off at your pickup point.

Rethymno: Olive Oil Tasting with Cretan Food Pairing

Rethymno: Olive Oil Tasting with Cretan Food Pairing

Create lasting memories in Crete as you enjoy an olive oil tasting experience under the shade of olive trees. This entire experience will be enjoyed in the middle of a 2,000-year-old monumental olive grove. Discover the history, culture, and Cretan civilization of olive oil throughout the centuries. During your walk around the peaceful olive groves such as the holy Gethsemane Garden, you will discover the beauty of the Cretan landscape as well as the myths, flavors, and aromas of olive oil. The activity includes an olive oil tasting of 4 different olive oils at a tasting table in the shade of some olive trees. During the tasting you will be pairing food with more types of olive oil, and you will receive tips on how taste, preserve, choose, cook, and fry olive oil. You'll also receive more information about harvesting and olive oil extraction.

From Chania: Day Trip to Preveli Beach & Damnoni Beach

From Chania: Day Trip to Preveli Beach & Damnoni Beach

Preveli is a famous beach on the south side of Crete Island. The local legend says that the mythological king Odysseus stopped in Preveli on the way to his homeland, Ithaka. What makes Preveli beach so famous is the palm forest surrounding the river, which comes from a gorge and ends up in the sea. The exotic beauty of nature attracted in the 60s and 70s hippies from around the globe who used to live here and make huts under the palm trees. Due to the sensitivity of nature around Preveli Beach, the area is protected by the Natura 2000, and it is a natural reserve. Kourtaliotiko gorge is believed to have been used as a natural fortress by the ancient Minoans, who lived on the island of Crete more than 4,000 years ago. In the Middle Ages, the gorge was used as a route for transporting goods between the towns of Plakias and Koxare.In modern times, Kourtaliotiko gorge has become a popular tourist destination, with visitors from all over the world coming to explore its rugged landscape and take in the stunning views. The gorge is also a popular spot for outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and photography. Despite its popularity, the gorge remains an important part of the local culture and traditions, and efforts are being made to preserve its natural beauty and cultural significance for future generations. Damnoni beach in an idyllic bay just a few kilometres from the more famous resort of Plakias. It is about 35 km south of the city of Rethymno, on the southern coast of the island, on the southern coast of the island. The beach of Damnoni is backed by mountains and closed in by splendid rock formations, with white sand and turquoise waters.Another advantage of visiting Damnoni is that it is relatively uncrowded for most of the year.

Crete: Private Transfer to/from Chania Port/Airport/Town

Crete: Private Transfer to/from Chania Port/Airport/Town

Explore the secrets of Crete, get to know the real Crete off the touristic path. Enjoy a low cost private one-way transfer with Mercedes (1-4 persons) and Mercedes Vito (5-8 persons) for any Airport in Crete, Chania/Heraklion or Heraklion Port or Chania port (Souda Port) to hotels in Rethymno Areas ,Bali ,Georgioupolis ,Gerani ,Kavros ,Plakias ,Myrhios Damnoni and Spili. Depens your flight, the local operator will confirm the time you wish to depart from your hotel. In the same, the local driver will meet you from the airport or port to transfer you to your hotel. The transfer will be conducted with an 8 seat minibus or 4 seat taxi. You will be notified by email about the pick-up details. Choose between a variety of one-way transfer options between Chania, Heraklion and Rethymno areas. Enjoy easy transfer to the local attraction or place you want to visit. If you have luggage, this can be accommodated too. All vehicles come fully air conditioned with a driver.

5 hour snorkel trip to the waterfalls

5 hour snorkel trip to the waterfalls

Join us for a unique experience to snorkel towards an all-year-round massive waterfall. Drinking water bursts out of the wall making this an incredible place to visit. In this experience we organize transport to the location, and we have a short hike to the water stream where it's time to get wet. In the wetsuits we follow the stream upwards until a beautiful, but we mean, beautiful natural lagoon. From here we take the snorkels and swim further into the cave and reach the big waterfall.

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What people are saying about Plakias

Overall rating

4.6
(109 reviews)

The tour was very nice! :) The team is very professional, helpful and friendly. Our tour guide Erik was great, he told us a lot about the area as well as snorkeling, which we really enjoyed. The gorge is of course beautiful and definitely worth a trip. The snorkeling trip takes you to the waterfall, which is particularly impressive. Thanks again :)

From the pick-up, to the transport by bus and boat, to the wonderful company, everything was great. The palm forest and the fresh river water were so worth seeing and experiencing. I thought it was great that we were the first guests at the river and that we had the place to ourselves at first. Thank you for the wonderful start to the holiday :)

Breathtaking views and places made even more beautiful by the guide Barbara. She took you through the history of Crete with a clear explanation. A trip that you should definitely do if you are on holiday in Crete.

A wonderful trip, the palm forest is breathtakingly beautiful, we even spotted a turtle. On the way back the guide could talk a little less, as you are really tired after such a day.

Such a good day out! Definitely recommend it and shout out to Barbara, our guide and the driver.