Panormo, a small traditional village, lies in the middle of the north axis of Crete, 22 km from Rethymnon and 55 km from Heraklion. In the end of the previous century, Panormo acquired a distinctive fame due to its port which was the exports center of agricultural products of the region to Western Europe. The basilica of the 5th or 6th century (Saint Sophia) in Panormo presupposes that there was a centre of Christian worship during the early Christian period. The castle of Mylopotamos (Castello di Milopotamo), built by Pescatore in the region and preserved by the Venetians, is known since 1212. In 1341, the Kapsokalyvai besieged the castle where Alexios Kalergis, who was in the service of the Venetians, was, but they did not manage to take it (Xanthoulides, 'Venetian Rule'). In 1647, the castle was seized by the Turks. The Venetians under Gildasi, the general, tried to retake it in vain. In 1583, it was set to fire and destroyed by Barbarossa and his pirates
-------Panormo is a small picturesque village in the maritime provinces of Rethymno, hardly 22 km away from the city of Rethymno, right in the middle of Cretes northern coastline. The position of Panormo, in the northern middle of the prefecture of Rethymno and of Crete, makes it easy for all visitors and travelers to move towards every corner of the island, either via the motorway (E75), or the older provincial road network that both pass through the edge of the village.
In Panormo you can find a variety of shops, stores and other facilities and services so that it is not necessary to visit Rehtymno to satisfy your every-day needs: bakery, confectionery, mini-markets, jewelry shops, folk art and traditional crafts stores, rent a car/bike offices, pharmacy, post office and ATM.
You can also experience tasty delights in the local restaurants, traditional taverns and chop-houses of the village, while you can also find plenty of cafeterias and bars for your after-hour recreation.
Places near Panormo
CHAROUPOMYLOS (The mill of locust beans) was built around 1930 and belongs to the Agricultural Cooperative of Panormos. Here, locust beans, found in abundance in the area, were processed. Some of the processed products were distributed in the Greek market, such as locust bean flour, and others were exported abroad, such as the grains of the locust tree which were necessary for the manufacturing of every kind of film -for photographs or the cinema- as well as the production of
A place full of memories for the older generation who lived to see it working, it reminds us of a period with different moral and aesthetic values. CHAROUPOMYLOS was characterized as an industrial monument by the Ministry of Culture and has hosted various art events since 1996, although it was almost in ruins. In 1998, it was financed by the Regional Operational Programme (PEP) of Crete with 100 million drachmas. The implementation agent for its restoration and conversion into a Cultural Exhibition and Convention Centre was the Development Organization of WesternCrete (OADYK).Moreover, 80 million drachmas have been additionally approved for its equipment by the Special Programme for Local Authorities (EPTA). In our effort to contribute to the preservation and enrichment of our cultural tradition as well as our introduction to other cultural traditions, we founded 'EPIMENIDES', the cultural society of Panormos, which has jurisdiction over the use of CHAROUPOMYLOS as a 'Cultural Exhibition and Convention Centre'.