A sleepy village, a brace of sandy beaches, and traditional tavernas along the shorefront mean holidays to Panormo are bound to be relaxing.
On Crete’s north coast, between Rethymnon and Heraklion, is where you’ll find Panormo. It’s a petite fishing village, with bags of traditional Greek appeal. Cue a dainty harbour where waterfront tavernas serve the catch of the day, and cobblestone streets lined with pavement cafés, known as kefenions.
His and hers beaches
Two sandy beaches service the Panormo coastline. Limani Beach is the most central, situated right in front of the village, where the water is clear and shallow. Then there’s the bigger West Panormo Beach, an arc-shaped cove with equally see-through waters that’s just a short seafront stroll from the centre of town.
Panormo is classic go-slow territory. As such, you won’t find much in the way of neon-lit nightspots and up-all-night beach bars. Instead, you can count on harbourfront tavernas, where waiters will bring drinks to your candlelit table on the terrace. If you are looking to up the ante, though, Rethymnon’s main strip is just a 20-minute drive away.
From Panormo, it only takes an hour to drive to Crete’s most popular tourist attraction, the Palace of Knossos. Ancient Greek mythology names this the spot where Theseus slew the Minotaur. The pre-historic town of Eleftherna is just a half-hour drive inland, too. Here, archaeologists discovered a mysterious golden eye, which is identical to those on the Egyptian King Tutankhamun’s burial mask.
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