Panormo is located beween two mountains, 22 km from the seaside City Rethymnon in the northwest of Crete. The sandy coves are small but each one is allocated to a hotel, making them fairly private. The traditional small coastal village Panormo has a small harbour surrounded from taverns and cafes. Things to do and to see in the area Panormo:
1. The old town of Rethymnon
The third largest town in Crete with approx. 30,000 inhabitants is, like Chania, much influenced by its Venetian occupation. In early Christian times the place was sparsely populated, but the Venetians shaped the town with the construction of the enormous fortress, Fortezza Castle. Today Rethymnon is a mixture of Cretan, Turkish and Venetian elements and competes with Chania, the former seat of government. Rethymnon has a very long beach (12km) primarily of sand. There is a lot of ship traffic in the harbour and during the season there are mini cruises to Santorin which take four hours one way.
The old Venetian harbour is the heart of the old town. There is one tavern after the other and colourful fishing boats to see. The way to the crooked alleyways of the old town starts here. Large wooden balconies decorate houses which stem from Turkish times and marble blocks with arabic inscriptions adorn other buildings.
2. organised full day tour pick up point from Panormo " The traditional Crete"
This convenient tour means that you won’t have to worry about hiring a car or navigating unfamiliar roads.
On this excursion you will have the opportunity to see many places that represent the traditional lifestyle and of course some historical facts of Crete.
3. organised full day tour pick up point from Panormo " Crete South-Coast-Tour Duration 08.30-17.30
This excursion begins with the traditional village of Spili. Here you will have enough time to explore the village and have a look at the Venetian fountain ‘kefalovrissi’ with 19 lion heads. Passing through the extravagant scenery of the Kroutaliotiko Gorge you reach the Preveli Monastery. After Preveli Monastery the next stop is the Palm Beach of Preveli. From the top you will see one of the most breathtaking views of the blue waters combined with the lagoon and palm forest. You then continue to walk down the steps where you will end up on the best and palm forest. Here you will have about 2 hours of free time to soak it all in before continuing to Damnoni. The boat will take you from Preveli to Damnoni where you will have a break for lunch or refreshments. Damnoni is also an amazingly beautiful place and has an organized beach. When this incredible excursion ends you will be taken back to your Hotel area.
4. day tour The Lagoon Elafonissi ( Nature Reserve) pick up point Panormo duration 08.30 - 19.30
This is your chance to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Elafonissi is a heaven on earth, with soft white – pink sand, exotic crystal waters and cedar trees reaching the coastline. It is located in the southwestern side of Crete. We pick you up from your Hotel area around 8:30am. Our trips are done in small groups for better comfort so we would like to remind you to be at your assigned location promptly to avoid delays.
Our first stop, for a short break is Agia Sophia cave. Here you can visit the cave (free entrance) and have a coffee or refreshments if you feel like it (not included in the price). On our way to Elafonissi you will be able to see small traditional villages combined with typical Mediterranean scenery as well as the rugged landscape around the Topolia Gorge. Once we have reached Elafonissi, you will have 4 hours of free time to soak in the amazing sun and enjoy all the shades of blue this beach has to offer.
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