Rethymno’s southern coast is bookended by the resort towns of Plakias and Agia Galini, which are linked by a string of marvellously isolated beaches, including the famous palm beach at Preveli. Massive summertime winds have spared the area from the tourism excesses that typify the northern coast.
Approaching from the north, the scenery becomes increasingly dramatic and takes in marvellous views of the Libyan Sea. From the Rethymno–Agia Galini road, it’s a fabulous drive through the rugged Kotsifou Gorge to Plakias. The road to Preveli travels via the equally spectacular Kourtaliotiko Gorge.