Discover the area's attractions
Having as its starting point Plakias, the visitor can visit and admire remarkable sights in the surrounding area. Within a unique natural beauty landscape, you can wander through impressive gorges, visit great monasteries of the 15th century and traditional Cretan villages.
Monastery of Preveli
Located 8 km from Plakias, the historic Preveli Monastery, which is said to have been built in the late 10th century and early 11th century. It consists of 2 separate bands, the Lower Monastery of Prodromos and the Theologos Monastery, which is separated by a distance of approximately 1,7 km.
The main complex is the Monastery of Piso, which functions as a monastery for men. The lower monastery, although located in a fantastic green landscape, is ruined. Inside the Piso Moni there is also a museum that you can visit with images of invaluable historical and religious value.
At 10 km from Plakias is the Kourtaliotiko gorge, in which the Kourtaliotis River flows. The canyon is about 3 km long, with the starting point of the village of Koxare and passing a magnificent route of rare beauty, ends at the Preveli Palm Beach and its homonymous beach.
It is a wonderful gorge worth visiting and walk to the sea. The route will surely reward you.
Preveli Palmgrove is the second largest palm grove in Crete, after the Vai Palm Forest. It is located at the exit of Kourtaliotis Gorge and the Great River.
You can walk between the palm trees, along the river and the enchanting landscape and then climb up the Kourtaliotiko gorge.
At the edge of the palm grove there is one of the most beautiful beaches of Crete, the beach of Preveli.