The seaside village of Panormos lies 20km north-east of Rethymno
in the province of Mylopotamos. In the past it was a trading and
fishing centre but in more recent years it has become one of the
most popular places of the prefecture for visitors during the
Many of the original buildings which were used as warehouses and shops have been turned into tavernas, cafe-bars and ouzeries. Many of the houses are newly built with gardens full of flowers but there still exists some old two-storey mansions with tiled roofs and sculptured stone decoration.
It is thought that the village is built on the site of the ancient city of Panormos which was the port of the city of ancient Eleutherna. Interesting things to see in Panormos is the Paleochristian Royal Church at Agia Sofia which dates from the 5th century AD where you can see ruins which indicate a grand temple of a length of some 33 metres. .