Parts of Crete still remain pretty much off the beaten track, with a relatively low influx of tourists, then its places such as the small by the sea traditional village of Panormo can offer you a different experience of the authentic Crete. It remains strong to its roots – a small village with plenty of famous traditional tavernas to eat, sandy beaches to boot and friendly people offering their hospitality.You might also have the luck to experience an unexpected hight quality cultural event at the Carob Mill Arts Cultural Centre of Panormo.
Panormo is a village with a rich history. At the close of the last century, Panormo’s harbor was well known as it served as a port of export towards western Europe for local agricultural products (olive oil, carobs, citrus). Today, this lively but not totally untouched by tourism village, hasn’t lost its character nor its quiet.
Panormo can be your base from which to explore all of western and central Crete. Either hire a car – Rethymno is 15 mins away, Heraklion with the Minoan Palace of Knossos 45 mins and Chania 75 mins; or go by bus – there’s a stop 2 mins’ walk away, and buses come buy at least hourly. Given the wealth of things to see, and the prettiness of Panormo itself, you could easily spend 2 weeks here. And that would give you time to check out almost all of the village’s tavernas