Vacations in the centre of Crete!



Vacations by the sea, in Panormos on Crete

Easy access to Rethymno, Chania, Knossos, Hersonissos, Malia, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos, Vai, to the beaches and sights of northern and southern Crete.

Kastro Apartments squats in Panormos, a picturesque coastal village which occupies a very privileged place in the chart of Crete and is the ideal place for vacations, as it provides everything you might need. Sitting almost in the middle of the island, it has access not only to Rethymno, but also to Heraklion, through the northern national route, as well as to other big cities and touristic resorts and sights (Chania to the west and Knossos to the east, Hersonissos, Malia, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos, Vai) in northern Crete.

The beautiful sandy organized Blue Flag beaches in Panormos are an excellent choice for sunbathing, while access to more beaches in southern Crete like Preveli, Plakias, Sougia is easy from Panormos as a starting point. Kastro Apartments is a superb choice with a friendly, family like stay atmosphere providing relaxed, high quality accommodation away from the touristic commotion of the urban hubs, while it gives you the chance to enjoy excellent culinary choices and quick rides to the most important sights of Crete.


A place in history

Nowadays, Panormos is a quaint but modern settlement with all anticipated infrastructure, which is a touristic pole of attraction, every year. In the beginning of the previous century, it was known as Kasteli Mylopotamou or Roumeli Kasteli and in its place, there used to sit a Roman town named Panormos, apparently after its leeward bay. In the past, Panormos was one of the most important transit ports on Crete. By today’s village pier, the Genovese pirate Henry Pescatore, in the beginning of the 13 th century, built the fortress Castel Milopotamo. When the Venetians invaded Crete, they retained the fortress, where today’s Panormos has developed to this day. Castel Milopotamo had a north to south orientation, the shape of an egg, seven tiers and two gates, one by the sea and the other towards the south. It has been destroyed many a times by Venetians, Ottomans and pirate Barbarossa who annihilated it in 1538. Today, there is still evidence of its existence in the sea, by a little chapel.


A resort in the epicenter of summery spell

Useful information – Distance between cities

Panormos has lately been in the process of continuous touristic development, which has brought it out as one of the most important destinations in Rethymno. In the broader area, there are significant historic and natural sights. This Cretan seaside resort has all the facilities, all necessary infrastructures along with sandy, well organized beaches and water sports as well as a wide range of swank cafes, family- friendly taverns and a line-up of pubs and bars. Rethynmo, which lies barely 25 minutes away from Panormos by car, celebrates many more nightlife choices, while you can always drive through the national road to nearby places very quickly.

Distance between cities
  • Rethymno 22km
  • Heraklion 60km
  • Heraklion airport 62km
  • Knossos 60,4km
  • Chania 82km
  • Chania airport 100km
  • Agios Nikolaos 120km