Preveli Tropical Beach

Preveli is known for its tall palm trees and crystal-clear water, and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on Crete Island.

The beach of Preveli, also known as Lake Preveli or Phoenix, 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. This is the second largest palm forest of Crete, after the palm forest of Vai.

The river forms a small lake, 500 m long, before emptying into the sea. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees, and start ascending in the beautiful canyon. At the exit of the river, a beautiful beach with pebbles and sand is formed.

Moreover, in the eastern part of the beach, there is a beautiful rock which looks like a heart. Here, you will have plenty of free time to enjoy swimming in the turquoise waters, to sunbathe under the warm sun and to explore this tropical and very unique landscape.

The bus will stop at a parking lot, the closest to the beach, where there is a path descending down to the beach.

The parking is located near towering vertical cliffs, where you can take some fantastic photos. To reach the beach walk the footpath (app. 300 stairs) that takes about 15 minutes.

After, approximately 4 hours of free time at the beach, the day will come to an end and we will make our way back to your hotels.


  • Professional and Multilingual speaking guide.
  • Transfers with air-conditioned luxurious buses.
  • Free pick up service from any place between Malia – Agia Pelagia.


  • Tips and Individual expenses.

Meeting Place

We offer you a free pick up service from Agia Pelagia to Malia. After you have booked your tour, we will let you know the exact place and time of pick up by email or phone.
Pick-up and drop-off from the main road, partly from the exit of hotels from:
  • Acqua Blu Beach
  • Agia Pelagia
  • Agioi Theodoroi Beach
  • Ammoudara–Heraklion
  • Amnissos Beach
  • Analipsi
  • Anissaras
  • Aposelemi Beach
  • Arena Beach
  • Gournes
  • Gouves
  • Heraklion
  • Hersonissos
  • Karteros Beach
  • Kato Gouves
  • Kokkini Chani
  • Limanakia Beach
  • Malia
  • Marina Beach
  • Marina Port Gouves
  • Sarantari Beach
  • Stalis
  • Tobrouk Beach
  • Vathianos Kampos Beach
View the most common meeting places on google maps

Traveler Reviews

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Dead Chiyuki DE

The best way to see Crete. Friendly and kind stuff always happy to answer your questions and guide you. I travelled with them to Spinalonga, Samaria Gorge and Elafonissi and I highly recommend. Thank you for the amazing experiences !!

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Getyourguide traveler Germany DE

Good experience! You will first be picked up by a small minibus near the hotel and then transferred to a larger coach. From Heraklion it takes a little under 3 hours from pick-up to arrival Preveli with a break in between. The large bus was comfortably air-conditioned and the ride was quiet too. Overall, the trip was on schedule and well organized. The guide was very friendly and in between gave valuable information about the area in different languages. Preveli is a beautiful place with many palm trees and a visit is recommended. The descent/ascent is rocky but can also be done with good flip-flops.

Booking Request

Per person

    • Free Pick-Up & Drop-Off From Malia to Agia Pelagia
    • 24 hours free cancellation
    • Free of Charge for Children up to 4 years.
    • 50% off for Children 4-12 years (tour prices).