Here is one random fact about me, I’m terrified of heights! This fear suddenly appeared in my life back in 2007 when I decided to salute the glorious Eiffel Tower. So when my friend Maria told me that there is no way in the world I will miss visiting the Preveli Beach, I had no choice but to kiss my fears goodbye! This magnificent beach is located on the south coast of Rethymnon town, where the steep Kourtaliotiko Gorge meets the Libyan Sea forming a cool lagoon and the famous sandy beach of Preveli.
This beach is also very famous for its palm forest which consists of the precious type of palm tree known as Phoenix Theophrasti, a rare species which is under extinction. The palm trees have graciously grown along the river which leads to the beach of Preveli where you will find a miraculous heart shaped rock inside the sea. To get here you have to walk downhill for about 15-20 minutes. The view is extraordinary but getting back up was quite a challenge for me as my fear of heights crept up on me on the way back. Fear or no fear I am glad that I did visit this beach and recommend it to anyone who finds themselves in Crete!
In the evening on our way back we had dinner at a great taverna called Pyrgos which is surrounded by the mountains. If you manage to come here just before the sunset you are guaranteed to enjoy a spectacular view and delicious Cretan cuisine.
PALM TREE PARADISE
Preveli Beach Taverna