Rethymnon - Plakias - Preveli Gorge. Highlight: Boat trip to Preveli Gorge. Preveli is located about 35 km south of Rethymno. From Rethymnon follow the direction of Plakias to the South coast and the Lybian Sea. The road is well-built and impressive with interesting rock formations to see and you pass the Kourtaliotiko Gorge. Kourtaliotiko means "castanets". The Cretans say that when the wind blows through the Gorge it sounds as if someone is playing the castanets so that is why this Gorge was named Kourtaliotiko.
When you arrive in Plakias you can while away the time in the inviting tavernas and perhaps enjoy a "Frappe".
Tavernas and cafés surround the small harbour, which has a beautiful sandy beach. The small excursion boats at the harbour offer trips to the Prevali Gorge a couple of times a day. These boat trips are well worth it!! Water flows in the Preveli Gorge even in the summer and the small boats let you off at the estuary where the fresh water flows out into the sea. Theophrastus palm trees surrounding the banks, which give the river a sense of a tropical landscape.
You can walk up the estuary. The Gorge is lined with palm trees and you can refresh yourself in the natural pools, which are like large baths. Hikers can walk up the Gorge to visit the Preveli Cloister. Preveli was during the 60s and 70s, a famous destination for hippies. You can walk along the river under the shade of palm trees. This beautiful boat trip to the Preveli Gorge is a marvellous experience for children of all ages - and not only for children!!
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