Panormo - a tourist resort with traditonal atmosphere
Panormo, Crete (Πάνορμο) is a small seaside village between Rethymnon (15 min) and Heraklion (50 min) on the Cretan north coast.
The village retains a warm and friendly, traditional atmosphere; with its narrow streets and bright geraniums it is the perfect place for enjoying the peace and tranquility of Cretan life.
It is also ideal for families with children since its beaches, sand or pebble, are small and its waters shallow.
There is a good selection of hotels, rooms, cafes, traditional tavernas, a butcher, a bakery and shops where one can enjoy the local food at reasonable prices.
There is also much to see from the past. Panormo is the site of an old port which was used during Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times.
Southwest of the village, the largest early Christian church on Crete was excavated in 1948. The basilica has a wooden roof; it dates back to the 5th century and is dedicated to Agia Sofia.
The beautiful surroundings are inviting for walks in the countryside and the central location is very convenient for exploring all the interesting places the area has to offer; the monasteries of Arkadi and Preveli, the Minoan Palace of Knossos or the pottery village of Margarites.