The beach of Preveli is located 35km south of Rethymnon and 12km east of Plakias at the exit of the Kourtaliotiko gorge where the river Megas Potamos meets the sea. Along the river there is a large forest of the rare Cretan date palm Phoenix theophrasti. This gives the area a unique, almost tropical look and has certainly contributed to making this beach very famous and popular despite its remoteness. You can walk in the palm forest (but camping is strictly prohibited) and bathe in the river if you wish.
Many of the visitors to Preveli beach will also come to the area to visit the famous Preveli monastery.
Type of beach: coarse sand / pebbles
Size of beach: a little under 200 m
Crowds: it can have many visitors and get crowded
Winds: generally very calm
Sunbeds and umbrellas - no
Changing room - no
Shower - no but there is the river
Toilets - yes, by the small snack bar
Safe for children - generally calm sea but the water drops quickly
Car parking - pay car park above the beach. Or car park on the eastern beach (about 10 minutes walk)
No public transport but there are excursion boats from Plakias and maybe also from Agia Galini. Most people come by hire car (and also some tour buses) and park right above the beach. It's a steep descent on a good path. Easy down but it can be tough coming back up in the heat. Another alternative can be to drive to a spot to the East of Preveli beach from which you can easily walk to the beach. There is a dirt road that you could follow from the old Preveli stone bridge but it is not really suitable for normal cars.
There is a café / snack bar serving some snacks. There is also a taverna to the East of the beach where the road ends.
The area around Plakias is the nearest place with accommodation.