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After visiting three most beautiful beaches on Crete, I wanted to experience another one: Preveli Beach. It was mentioned in many places, sometimes having a nickname Palm Beach. There was a mention of the palm tree grove at the beach. What was not very clear was how to get there. Lonely planet guidebook mentioned to go to Moni Preveli (monastery) which was supposed to have a stunning view over the coast and then go back one mile and hike down to the beach. The problem was that on the map there were two monasteries with that name and the guidebook didnt specify which one to go to. Moni Kato Preveli or Moni Piso Preveli. So when I reached a cross road and I noticed a sign leading directly to the beach, I decided to follow it. It was a road leading to Dionyssos Tavern. It was paved but the lane was seriously narrow enough for one car. I dont mind driving narrow curvy roads but not when you have a VERY steep cliff on one side, deep trench on another and oncoming cars in front of you. I seriously never prayed so much in my life before. When we reached the beach we were quite disappointed, but after talking to people on the beach and in the tavern we realized that the Palm Beach is across a short hike over a hill from there. We hiked across and we were still disappointed. May be because other beaches we have seen on Crete were so much better. Preveli Beach was average or below average and the palm trees grove was quite far from the beach itself. What the guidebooks did not mention was that the main attraction in this place was not the beach itself but the walk along the gorge which was entering the sea at this beach. Palm trees made a nice grove amidst the high cliffs and the water in the stream had a photogenic green color. Whether it was safe to bath in it I dont know but everybody did. This picture shows a view from one of many lovely spots along the walk in the palm grove. Now after studying the satellite maps I would think that we should have taken the road to Moni Piso Preveli and then park on the dedicated beach parking east from the monastery. The hike would be much steeper but the driving less life threatening.
BTW: I don't know the lady in the photo, I have actually much better photos of my wife there but to comply with the TrekEarth rules I picked a photo with this unknown person.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5723 W: 104 N: 14826] (58672)
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