PANORMOS VILLAS CRETE
“Crete is not an island, it’s a mountain in the sea, traveling through time”
Panormo has all kinds of shops such as supermarkets, pharmacies, traditional taverns, cafes, restaurants and some of the best sandy beaches in North coast of Crete and everythingis just 1-1.5 km away from the villa.
With its Cretan hospitality and traditional character, Panormo ensures an unforgettable visit that features impressions of Crete that will remain in the minds of all of its visitors.
Additionally take advantage of the location and explore the nearby villages of Melidoni, Margarites, Eleftherna, Zoniana and Anogia where you can interact with real Cretan people and feel the Cretan hospitality. Around those villages you will also be able to see some unique sightseeing spots like the Idaion Andro cave where the Zeus was born according to Greek Mythology, the Zoniana village museum with candle statues and the cave “Sfendoni”, the well known cave of Melidoni, the traditional pottery shops in Margarites, the Ancient city of Eleftherna with its museum and many more.
Furthermore if you are looking for privileges that only a big city can offer, then Rethymno town is 22 km away and offers unique facilities and a wide variety of entertainment.
On your arrival we will provide you detailed information of the area and what really worth a visit based on your interests.
Having Panormo Villas as a starting point, visitors can take interesting hiking, biking or car tours to the mountains, the seashore, to canyons and caves, as well as to archaeological sites, monasteries and some historic, picturesque villages of the region.
Panormo Villas itself is located near the sea, on a cliff by the northern foot of Mount Ida (Psiloritis), Crete’s highest mountain (2545 m), rising right at the center of the island. The region abounds on endemic flora and caves with mythical background, such as the Ideon Antron on the Nida plateau, Gerontospilios at Melidoni and Sphendoni at Zoniana.
Both in the north and in the south side of the island, rivers form their beds along the deep gorges and flow to the sea, creating sandy beaches famous for their beauty.
In the mountain regions, on hills and slopes, the sites of ancient civilizations such as Zominthos and Eleftherna, byzantine churches and Venetian monuments like the monasteries of Arkadi and Vosakou, small peaceful villages, whose history goes far back in time – Margarites, Maroulas, Spili, Anogia, Axos, welcome travelers who love to explore the island’s interior.
An amazing site for exploration is the Nida plateau on Mount Ida, that can be reached first by car and then by foot. Therein lies the cave of Ideon Andron, a sacred place where, according to Greek mythology, baby Zeus was hidden and was fed with the milk of the mythical goat Amalthaea. A path starting from the cave leads to the top of Psiloritis after four hours of walking.
The archaeological site Zominthos, on an altitude of 1,000 meters, was recently discovered and its finds throw new light to the civilization of Minoan Crete. The excavations have brought out a Minoan palace in very good condition, surrounded by dwellings, a burial ground and a pottery workshop, all dating 1600 BC.
At a 19 km distance from Panormo Villas there is the ancient city of Eleftherna, standing on a landscape of breathtaking beauty. There is no doubt, that we have here one of the most important archaeological sites of Crete. The finds of the excavations form three main units: the City, the Acropolis and the Necropolis (3000 BC – 8th century BC). The first two relate to the activities of daily life (public and private), while the third deals with the perception of life after death.
PANORMOS VILLAS CRETE
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