This is one of the most famous and beloved beaches of Crete. It is located on the south coast of the island about 40 km from the city of Rethymnon, at the exit of the gorge, where the river Kourtaliotis ends. A very small lagoon is formed there before the river flows into the sea. It owes its name to the historic monastery of Preveli that is located nearby, which is dedicated to Saint John the Theologian. It is a beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear waters and pebble bottom. The visitor has the opportunity to swim both in the sea and in the lagoon or the river. It is a fantastic experience for the visitor to walk on the river. The palm trees on the river bank offer rich shade and the ground is smooth and sandy.
The riparian palm forest located behind the beach of about 40 acres was the second largest palm forest in Crete after the palm forest of Vai but unfortunately most of it burned in the summer of 2010. In addition to palm trees in the forest there are linden, oleander, locust bean and reeds.