It is one of the most famous Cretan beaches visited by thousands of tourists every year.
Also known as Preveli Lake or Finikas, located at the exit point of the Kourtaliotis Canyon, it is just 40 km south of Rethimno. It is a unique, sandy beach adorned by a small palm-tree forest which makes it absolutely exotic. Kourtaliotis river mouth flows into the beach, providing the spot with enough water to form a small lagoon even during the summer period. The river flows into the crystal-clear blue water of the Libyan Sea. The lucky visitor of this spot will have the chance to experience swimming either in the salty water of the sea or the brakish water of the river or the lagoon. The visitor can also walk up along the river as the palm trees offer their shade for a smooth trekking on the sandy terrain. This paradise on Earth can be made by three ways. First and relatively more demanding way has to do with leaving your car at the parking lot of Preveli Monastery and then, walk down a steep path with tricky steps until you reach the beach after twenty minutes. Alternatively, you can avoid the path and use the unpaved country road which leads to the nearby Drimiskiano Ammoudi and then, take a short path which will take you to the beach in 5 minutes. Last, but not least, you can take one of the small, light boats which leave from Agia Glaini and Plakias.