Iberostar Creta Panorama and Mare

Perched on a cliff with stunning panoramic sea views, the location of the Iberostar Creta Panorama and Mare is quite something. The whopping six pools aren’t too shabby, either. The lush grounds are palm-tree lined, with plenty of spots to enjoy a lazy day on the sun-bed. There’s a swim-up bar, too, along with a buffet restaurant and another Italian trattoria. The kids have their own pool. By day, there are loads of sports and activities, and come evening, live entertainment is laid-on, and the music bar has a DJ spinning well into the small hours.

Overview of Panormo

Less well known than the larger nearby resort of Rethymno, this charming little place is all about lovely beaches and easy-going charm. It’s great for families, with the waters on Limani Beach kept calm by the flanking piers, making it super-safe for little ones. By night, the low-key theme remains and centres on peaceful strolls along the seafront, maybe ducking into a quaint taverna for a spot of dinner. It all makes for tranquil holidays to Crete, and it’s all just a short drive down the hill from the Iberostar Creta Panorama and Mare.

Things to do in Panormo

The sun sets and the raki flows. Yep, there are plenty of bars to while away the warm, idyllic evenings both in Panormo and Rethymno. And you really do have to try the local cuisine. Limani Beach is really good for water sports if you fancy it, and you can also take the mini-train to the ancient pottery village of Margarites if you’re up for a little adventure. Also, every summer, there’s the Renaissance Festival in Rethymno, which is an elaborate nine-day affair with musicians, firework displays, art exhibitions and theatrical performances. Fill your boots. In short, if you’re staying at the Iberostar Creta Panorama and Mare, you’re a short drive from all the laid-back wonders of Panormo and close to Rethymno, too. That said, it’s in such a perfect spot up on the hill, you’d be forgiven for just wanting to stay put.

Resort Summary

Located along Crete‘s northern coast, Rethymnon is a charming seaside town that expertly blends the old with the new. Mixed with Renaissance architecture and stone-laden mosques, you’ll find contemporary cuisine and shops throughout the old quarters and along the harbour.

Underneath the watchful eye of the Venetian Fortezza – or castle – you can drift between museums and explore Rethymnon’s colourful past. Or spend a day lounging by the beach, hiking through a steep gorge or sipping coffee underneath 16th-century archways. Rethymnon is an authentic Greek destination, with the vibrancy of a town that’s been thriving for thousands of years.