Preveli area with the homonym orthodox monastery is located about 35km south of Rethymno and 10km east of Plakias. Beach of Preveli, is located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotikos Gorge in the end of the Grand river .
It is certainly the most famous beach in southern Rethymnon, accepting thousands of visitors every summer. On the banks of the river there is a large colony of palm trees, which give the region a sense of an African landscape. The river, 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.
At the exit of the river, a beach with pebbles and sand is formed, with sea water being is cool due to the river. It is poorly organized because the area is protected, without any umbrellas.