The small seaside village of Panormos lies between Heraklion and Rethymnon on the north coast of Crete. Visitors have always been welcomed into a warm and friendly traditional atmosphere, which the locals retain to the present day.
Panormos is ideal for children, not only because they are given a warm welcome in the village, but because there are small sand and pebble beaches and shallow waters. There is a good selection of cafes, traditional tavernas, a butcher, a baker and shops where you can sample the local food and drink at reasonable prices.
Panormos is the site of an old port using during Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times, and there is still much to see from the past. The beautiful surrounding area is ideal for walkers who wish to explore the countryside. There are buses, which go regularly to Rethymnon or to Heraklion making Panormos an ideal base from which to explore many parts of Crete. For culturally interesting trips you may choose to visit the Monasteries of Arkadi and Preveli, and the world famous Minoan Palace of Knossos. Otherwise you may wish to explore the wilderness wonders of the Samaria Gorge, or simply take time to visit the mountain villages, for example the village of Margarites where traditional pottery and wood carving are still being produced.
Where to stay
The design of the charming Konaki is based on that of a Cretan village in that it is cleverly built around a central courtyard filled with flowers.
Overlooking the sea at Panormos is this pretty house with wooden shutters and pots of flowers sitting at the end of a small road close to the beach.
"We had an excellent holiday in Panormo, everything went extremely well, the taxi was waiting when we arrived, an excellent driver on the dark mountain roads, the apartments were ready and they are lovely, extremely clean and well cared for.... Thanks for looking after us we all enjoyed it and look forward - hopefully - to another year."