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The settlement is on the sea and a tourist destination which is 21 km from Rethymno; even so, despite the numbers it receives, Panormos yet retains quite a bit of its traditional image as many of the stone-built houses have been restored, and not simply replaced by concrete boxes.

Above the small harbour here, on a rocky outcrop, sits the remains of an old fort (the Genoese grabbed Crete before being ejected by the Venetians), and by it a stone-built church (to the Ascension).

The shore front has many (larger and smaller) beaches, all tending to get predictably crowded: some have sand, some are pebbly. The waters are shallow and for that reason very safe for young children.

The main beach is a natural harbour, and there the locals moor their boats. Both this and the adjacent strand are fully organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, showers, numerous water-sports and a lifeguard. 

In addition there are other beaches, more or less developed, that attract fewer people – a fact that makes them fitting for those having in mind some relaxation and calm.

10 km east of Panormos is Bali, another very touristy setting.

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  • location Panormos, Milopotamos, Rethymno
  • free camping No
  • nudism No
  • beach type Sandy, Thin Pebble, Pebble
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • other facilities

    There are sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, and many water sports facilities. In addition, a lifeguard ensure the safety of bathers

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

Panormo - Mylopotamos - Oropedio Nidas

Distances: 21 km from Rethymno.

By car/motorcycle: From Rethymnon drive east, along the National highway.
By bus: There are services to Panormo from Rethymnon and Heraklion. Buses coming from Heraklion do not go into the village, but let passengers off on the highway. The distance from this point north to the village is some 500 m.

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