Preveli, Crete Island
At Preveli beach you can put your feet into a river first and after into the sea (or viceversa).
I discovered Prevely beach by chance. After my visit to the monastery I walked a little and I found a path down a mountain. At a certain point I spotted the blue sea. It was an amazing vision.
The Monastery is on the road from Spilli, through the Kourtaliotikos gorge, the gorge is a 1,000 feet deep at one point of the roadside which is not for the faint hearted. It is a spectacular drive and worth the fear factor. At the top of the hill where the upper monastery lies, you can see fantastic views of the sea and surrounding area. I found quite interesting the statues not far from the monastery of the priest and the soldier. The Father is said to have saved many lives by hiding the soldiers and giving them sanctuary from the germans. The monastery itself is something else and worth a visit.
The quite extensive ruins of the former Preveli Monastery are spectacularly located in a beautiful , peaceful landscape.
The road there was pretty abysmal but the scenery compensated for the dusty, bumpy ride.
Lots of different rooms to explore, some, the floors had disintergrated and roofs had all but gone. A little church remained remarkably intact.
We saw evidence of the "hermit" living here, a rough bed laid out and a fireplace in use.
The views are exceptional and we loved the place.
This was in 1992 so I've no idea what the road or the place is like now.
Looking at its breathtaking beauty, you can appreciate why it is the most photographed area in Crete. Preveli Beach located below this cliff takes 20min to climb down to access the beach & 30min to climb back up. This palm-tree gorge is a sight to behold.
Preveli is also known for its monastery . Getting here is half the fun with its windy mountain roads and beautiful scenery along the way. Don't forget to stop at the arched bridge for refreshment. It's a lovely spot to relax.
Take the time to explore this place, it's worth it. Make sure you have gathered everything from your vehicle or else get ready for a long climb :)
The monastery of Preveli
It stands 37 km south of Rethymnon, in an imposing landscape which is mentioned at the mid-19th century diary of Sir John Spratt (admiral of the British Royal Navy), as "one of the happiest places to withdraw from trials and responsibilities of life".
There are lots of legends concerning the foundation of the monastery, which is believed that started during the Venetian occupation of the island. A number of its monks activities made the monastery one of the richest of western Crete and due to its isolated position it played important role in Cretan revolts against the occupying forces.
There are many valuable relics kept in the monastery museum such as:
*The icon of Christ "king of the kings" work of the painter Michail Prevelis (1750),
*The icon of "Agios Ioannis o Theologos" (13th century)
*The miraculous Crucifix (18th century)
*The splendid iconostasis and many others.
The Palm Beach (LIMNI)
From the monastery of Preveli , you can take a path to the sea , where there are small coves. The gorge that forms the river "megapotamos" ends at the Libyan Sea creating a small lake at its delta.
This lake surrounded by palm trees and rich vegetation is one of the most attractive places in Crete and once used to be an ideal place for camping and naturalism lovers.
The sea is clean with a dazzling range of green and blue colors.
The place is accessible only by foot or by boat. Many organized cruises start from Plakias or Agia Galini to bring visitors at LIMNI which can be fairly crowded during the high season. Only a few facilities are provided to the visitors.
It is one of the most beautiful beaches on Crete and it is called the little Caribbean beach on Crete. This is the place where the river Megapotamos flows into the sea. A lot of palms grow along the river bank. You can swim in the sea or in the river as you like.
It's a very nice beach because of river which go to the sea near beach. Around river is palm tree forest. There are some paths to go inside the land through the forest or by the river. You can also rent pedal boat to go inside the land.
At that time a beautiful beach on the south coast of Crete. I always thought that this has been the "Bacardi" beach where one of the first bacardi spots has been taken, but as I learned meanwhile, the Bacardi beach is the "Vai" beach on the north east end of Crete.
Preveli beach shall be now always very overfilled with people, so not anymore one of the most beautiful beaches of the island maybe
The full name is Monastery of the Ayos Ioannis Prodomos Preveli, or even more informally Old or Lower Monastery. The ruins are dramatically located since the backdrop consists of mountains and gorges. This monastery is very old - possibly it was
founded during the Venetian occupation. One certain date is the date it was destroyed: 1649, when the Turks occupied Crete and destroyed seeral churches and monasteries. it was not possibly to vist the ruins when I was here - but the sight was still something to behold
Preveli is a monastery set dramatically high up on a cliff overlooking the Lybian sea, and which is witness of a violent past. During WWII in fact it became a safe shelter for many people in danger. When things got worse the monks and the local people took up their arms and organized themselves into groups to guard the area, to care for and protect the allied soldiers. The monastery can be visited daily (don't miss the icons exhibition in the museum) but keep in mind that in summer it closes during lunchtime - and it reopens ar 3.30 PM. Entrance is 2.50 euros
This monastery was built in 1670 upon the ruins of an earlier monastery. In the past it has been destroyed several times. Its church was rebuilt in 1835 and restored in 1911.