Panormo, belongs to the network of “the most beautiful villages of Crete” and is located in the North Coast of Crete, 22 kilometers East from Rethymno and 55 West from Heraklion. Its population is estimated to be around 400 people. In the village, but also in the wider area, there are a lot of beautiful sights that everyone should have a chance to visit and enjoy. One of the most vital sights is what is left from Aghia Sophia, built in the 5th century, the early Christian times and excavated in the year of 1948.It was one of the biggest Christian Royal churches of Greece.
The lovers of the natural landscape will admire the estuaries of the Geropotamos, that form a charming lake and also an amazing beach under the bridge of the main road. In the cave of Hondrokavos, which is about 800 meters from the village, there is an exquisite lighthouse up in the hill, where you can enjoy a superb view of the sea and the land. The sunset from that spot is a magical experience that no one can describe with words. It is also told that its better than the one in Oia of Santorini. In addition, a visitor should visit the little village in Exandi at 5 kilometers and Skepasti at about 11 kilometers East of Panormo, the Melidoni Cave, the Margarites village famous for the tradition of ceramics and lastly one should go to Eleftherna a very important village, famous for the antiquities. The visitors have a great variety of hotel choices for their accommodations. They can choose simple rooms, traditional small hotels or large bungalows. The “Epimenides Cultural Society of Panormo”, a non profit organization which has converted a ruined and abandoned old Carob Mill Factory- industrial monument- to the modern Cultural Venue “Charoupomylos” , is responsible for its management and is making serious efforts to protect the environment, the tranquility and the architectural and cultural values of the village. “Epimenides”, offers to the visitors as well as all the residents of Crete, the possibility to enjoy unique cultural events at “Charoupomylos” and made Panormo become a meeting point for all Crete. The access to Rethymno is very easy, with regular bus schedules, taxis, cars and mororbikes, but it is also easy to go to Heraklion and Chania as well as the south of Rethymno.
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