Preveli Beach

Known for its palm-lined river, Preveli derives its name from the Slavic word prevlaka, meaning cape. Signifying the cape-like landscape where the river meets the Libyan Sea, this coastal destination is a memorable one! Rent a car with Blue Car rental and discover a world of possibilities in this central location!

Preveli Beach

Preveli Beach

Preveli Beach is a slice of paradise, boasting pristine coastlines, crystalline waters, and an exotic ambiance. Its palm-fringed shores, set against dramatic cliffs, along with a gentle river meandering into the sea, create a haven for nature enthusiasts and those yearning for serenity. Nestled in seclusion, reaching Preveli Beach requires a bit of effort. The closest towns, Rethymnon and Plakias, offer public transport up to a certain point, leaving a scenic walk and a boat ride to the beach. To truly unlock the magic of Crete's majestic coastlines, however, nothing beats the convenience of a rental car. Explore with ease by renting without a credit card from Blue Car Rental and immerse yourself in the incredible allure of Crete.


How to get there

Whether you're collecting your Blue Car rental from Heraklion airport, port, Chania airport, or any hotel in the Heraklion area, we've tailored our options with your convenience in mind. In the forthcoming section, we present our top three car recommendations for your journey to Preveli. With careful consideration of the local roads and terrain, we highly recommend these specific models for an optimal experience.

KIA Stonic (Group D1):

  • Category: Stonic Manual Gasoline
  • Capacity: 5 Seats, 5 Doors
  • Luggage: 3
  • Transmission: Manual Gearbox
  • Features: Air Condition, Bluetooth, USB port
  • Price: Starting from €40.00 per day

Why it's a good choice

The KIA Stonic offers a great balance between size and maneuverability. With its manual gearbox, it provides a sense of control, which can be especially useful on some of the winding roads leading to Preveli Beach.


Peugeot 2008 (Group D2):

  • Category: 2008 T-cross Skoda Kamiq Gasoline
  • Capacity: 5 Seats, 5 Doors
  • Luggage: 4
  • Transmission: Manual Gearbox
  • Features: Air Condition, Bluetooth, USB port
  • Price: Starting from €43.00 per day

Why it's a good choice

The Peugeot 2008 is a slightly larger car, which can be advantageous for comfort and carrying beach gear. Its manual gearbox allows you to have precise control while driving.


Skoda Kamiq (Group D2a):

  • Category: Skoda Kamiq Auto Gasoline
  • Capacity: 5 Seats, 5 Doors
  • Luggage: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic Gearbox
  • Features: Air Condition
  • Price: Starting from €48.00 per day

Why it's a good choice

The Skoda Kamiq offers the convenience of an automatic gearbox, which can be particularly relaxing when driving in more traffic-prone areas. It also has ample space for luggage.


These rental cars provide a good range of options to suit different preferences and needs, ensuring a comfortable and safe driving experience from Heraklion or you choice of pick-up point to Preveli Beach. Remember to confirm availability and make your reservation in advance to secure your preferred choice. Safe travels!

What you will find

A Secluded Paradise Surrounded by Natural Beauty

Explore the allure of Preveli Beach, uncover its distinctive features, and learn valuable tips and tricks to ensure an unforgettable and seamless experience in this captivating coastal haven. Here’s a few ideas of what to do when you get there:


  1.  Nature

Preveli Beach mesmerizes visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty. Picture yourself lounging on the golden sand, surrounded by swaying palm trees and the enchanting fragrance of the sea. Take a dip in the clear turquoise waters, refresh your senses with a swim in the river, and relish the peace and tranquility of this secluded haven. The combination of rugged cliffs, lush vegetation, and the serene river delta creates a landscape that feels truly untouched.


  1. Palm Forest

Adjacent to Preveli Beach is the Preveli Palm Forest, an enchanting oasis of palm trees that sets this destination apart. Take a leisurely stroll through the forest, marveling at the tall palm trees and the harmonious blend of greenery and sea views. The sound of the river gently flowing through the forest adds a soothing touch to the ambiance. Capture the magic of this unique ecosystem with your camera or simply take a moment to immerse yourself in the serenity of this natural wonder.


  1.  Monastery

Perched atop a nearby hill, overlooking Preveli Beach, is the historic Preveli Monastery. Just short of a 2 hour drive from Heraklion and only a five minute drive from Preveli beach, the monastery holds significant historical importance. Dating back to the 17th century, this architectural marvel holds significant religious and cultural importance. Step into the monastery's peaceful courtyard, adorned with vibrant flowers, and explore the intricate frescoes that grace the interior of the church. Rent your car from Heraklion airport or choose among the multiple pick up points we offer and breathe in the spiritual atmosphere of the history surrounding you. Soak in the panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. A visit to Preveli Monastery offers a glimpse into the rich history and heritage of the region.


  1. Beach

Arriving at Preveli Beach can be an adventure in itself. One popular option is to take a boat trip from Plakias or Agia Galini, allowing you to approach the beach from the sea. As you glide along the coastline, be captivated by the rugged cliffs, hidden coves, and the awe-inspiring beauty of the landscape. Leave your rental car in the designated parking areas and hop on a boat. This boat excursion adds an element of exploration and anticipation, heightening the overall experience of reaching Preveli Beach.


Tips and Tricks for First-Time Visitors

To ensure a seamless and unforgettable visit to Preveli Beach, here are some valuable tips and tricks:

  •  Accessibility

Preveli Beach is located in a secluded area, and access by car can be challenging. Consider taking a boat trip or utilizing organized tours from nearby towns for a more convenient and enjoyable experience. Again, make sure to leave your rental car in a designated area to avoid penalties.

  •  Essentials

As facilities are limited, it is advisable to bring essential items such as sunscreen, towels, water, and snacks. The remote location of Preveli Beach adds to its charm but requires visitors to be prepared. This is a situation where a rental car would be more than convenient and a safe option for emergencies. To make sure you are prepared, make your reservation here.

  •  River Crossing

To fully experience the beauty of Preveli Beach, you may need to cross the river. Wear appropriate footwear or consider bringing water shoes to navigate the riverbed comfortably.

  • Environmental Awareness

Help preserve the pristine beauty of Preveli Beach by practicing responsible tourism. Avoid leaving any waste behind, respect the flora and fauna, and follow any guidelines or regulations in place to protect the environment.

  •  Nearby Attractions

Make the most of your visit by exploring other nearby attractions. Take the opportunity to visit Preveli Monastery and immerse yourself in its historical and spiritual ambiance. Consider venturing further inland with your rental car to discover the charming villages and hiking trails that showcase the diverse landscapes of Crete. With Blue Car rental, a credit card is not required and no deposit is needed!


Preveli Beach offers a serene escape into a world of natural wonders, combining palm-fringed shores, a lush river delta, and a rich historical heritage. Whether you choose to relax on the sandy beach, explore the enchanting palm forest, visit the Preveli Monastery, or embark on a boat trip, Preveli Beach promises an unforgettable experience. By following these tips and immersing yourself in the secluded beauty of this coastal paradise, you'll create cherished and everlasting  memories. Rent your car quick and easy directly across from the Arrivals at the Heraklion or Chania airport and discover the true essence of Preveli Beach, a hidden gem on the southern coast of Crete.