Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Fisherman's Corner cottage is just one minute's walk from the gently shelving beach in the pretty seaside village of Panormo.
If you want a good look round Panormo...... go to youtube.com. Type in the keywords "scootercam" and "Panormo" - and have a good look round!
The atmosphere in Panorma is very laid back and friendly, with children and families receiving a warm welcome. There are numerous tavernas and shops within easy walking distance. If you're feeling more adventurous, the fabulous mediaeval town of Rethmynon is only 15 minutes drive away. The bus stop is just at the top of the village if you'd rather someone else drove!
The cottage has two bedrooms, one with a king size bed and one with twin beds (also extra camp bed available if necessary). The balcony from the main bedroom looks out onto the beautiful harbour, which is ideal for catching up with a good book and watching the boats go by. Downstairs, there is a terrace which is shaded during the day and just right for barbecues as the sun goes down! There is air conditioning throughout, a TV with DVD player, a full size bath (unusual for Greece) plus a shower and full cooking facilities if you decide to self-cater!
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||On seafront 100 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Heraklion 58 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
There is a large king-sized bed in the master bedroom, as well as a dressing table with large mirror and a good number of built-in wardrobes. A hair-dryer, hair straighteners and alarm clock / radio are also available.
The second bedroom is a twin-bedded room and there is also a small fold-up bed if you needed. It's a bit of a squeeze with three in the room.....but it has been done before! Alternatively if the fifth bed is for a young child, it could be put into the master bedroom. Again, there is plenty of cupboard space for storage. An Ipod dock/ CD player / radio and TV / DVD are also available.
The main living area is spacious and "L" shaped with a sofa, plasma TV and integrated DVD player. We do supply a number of DVDs and you can also bring favourites from home. There is a small selection of games e.g. cards and dominos, as well as a number of books, all of which which you are welcome to borrow. Some where around the house there should be inflatables - lilos and a large rubber ring which can be safely used on the harbour beach.
The dining table in the main living area seats four, but can easily be extended to seat six. Alternatively, if you prefer to eat outside, there is a private terrace where you can barbecue and enjoy a glass or two of wine, or even the local fire water, raki.
If you'd prefer to cook on a proper cooker, there is also a fully-equipped kitchen. Along with the usual appliances - kettle, toaster and microwave, there is a four-ring electric hob, and integrated electric oven. So, if you do feel the inclination to self cater, then the choice is yours. There is also a full sized fridge / freezer in the kitchen. In our experience, it's always worth having a couple bottles of wine chilling in the fridge, and a few ice creams in the freezer will never go amiss!
Also on the ground floor, there is a handy loo, useful for "quick trips" in from the beach or pool!
The main bathroom on the first floor, is a good size; it even has a full size bath - very unusual for Greece. For people who prefer showers, there is a proper shower over the bath. Irrespective of whether you want an invigorating shower or a more leisurely soak in the bath, you can do either, though if you like your water very hot, late afternoon / early evening is the best time to get hot water (solar heating). On a more practical note, there is also a washing machine in the bathroom, which you are welcome to use.
|Further details outdoors||
The terrace is reasonably child proof with a low wall around it and a gate. The road in front of the property is very quiet and parking is immediately outside, across the road.
The town beach is about a minute's walk away - perfect for children as it is very gentle. It's great for swimming and snorkelling. If you want more activities - pedalos, canoes, banana boats, scuba diving etc, there is a second beach about seven minutes walk away.
The nearest taverna is about a minute's walk away, just before you get to the beach.
Please note Fisherman's Corner is a non-smoking property
The Crete region
Panormo is a friendly, typically Greek, seaside village on the north coast of Crete. It has a very warm and friendly atmosphere and is an ideal holiday base for people wanting to stay in Crete.
In the village of Panormo itself, there are narrow streets to explore; it’s the perfect place for those who want to escape a little and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Cretan life. There is a good selection of cafes, traditional tavernas, a butcher, a baker (hot, fresh bread every morning from 9am!) and shops where you can sample the local food and drink at very reasonable prices.
If you have children, Panormo is ideal. This is not only because they are given a warm welcome in the village, but because there are lovely sand and pebble beaches to play on. The sea is gently shelving, beaches are well protected and there are interesting rock pools to explore. Although Fisherman's Corner does not have its own private swimming pool, there is a small pool, belonging to a complex of flats, very close by.
For older children, there are numerous options including swimming / snorkelling in the sea. Watersports such as pedalos, banana boats, jetskis are available at the main beach. There is a scuba diving centre at the Creta Marine Hotel, on the outskirts of the village. Additionally, there is a snack bar with pool tables on the harbour front and tennis courts on the outskirts of the village, if you’re feeling particularly energetic.
Close to the main beach there is an internet cafe. It's not a blisteringly fast internet connection, but handy if you want to send a quick mail and there are loads of PC games preloaded, if that's more your thing. Slightly further afield, there are opportunities for mountain biking, go carts, crazy golf and pony trekking.
Top three sights (in our opinion)
1) Knossos - Even if you only have a slight interest in history or archaeology, go and see the Minoan palace of Knossos, near Heraklion. It'll knock your socks off...built 2000BC and still standing...
Unless your knowledge of Minoan civilisation is good, we'd highly recommend joining one of the guided tours - you'll get a lot more out of the visit that way! Take a hat and plenty of water as there's not much shade.
Follow it up with a visit to the archaeological museum in Heraklion to see some of the artifacts recovered from here and other sites on the island. Much less boring than it sounds - the Minoan jewellery, statues and ornaments are just so detailed that it's hard to believe their age.
2) Samaria Gorge - fantastic 17km walk in the south west of the island (mostly downhill) for the reasonably fit, through the most stunning scenery. Extra special in spring / early summer for flowers and smell of wild herbs. Sizeable proportion of the walk is on stones, so bring study walking shoes or trainers. Wouldn't suggest it for children under 10 and definitely not for push chairs or buggies!
3) Spinalonga - Island just off Elouda in East Crete, reachable by boat. Location of former leper colony, featured in Victoria Hislop's book, "The Island". Take the boat out there and then join a guided tour. Fascinating day out, but quite a long journey to get there - probably around two hours by car.
Top three things to do with kids
1) Water parks - Acqua Park (Nr Hersonnisos), Limnoupolis (Nr Chania), Star Beach (Hersonnisos). All about an hour to an hour and fiteen minutes drive from Panormo.
The first two are more expensive - 20-25 Euro to get in per person, then unlimited rides. Good family atmosphere and lots of rides for all ages, from small watersides for tots, to the Water slalom (at Acqua Park) which is the scariest water ride we have ever, ever been on!
Star Beach is a bit more "Club 18-30". Free entry, but 8 Euro for a wristband to give you unlimited rides. A couple of sunloungers will probably set you back 6 Euro for the day, if you want them. Not as many rides, but bearing in mind that the Club 18-30 lot don't normally get up until mid afternoon, visiting Star Beach either mid-morning or early afternoon is a good time to get lots of turns on the slides. Not as upmarket as the other two, but good if you're on a tight budget.
2) Mountain biking - mountain biking for the fit or rather "mountain freewheeling" for the rest of us! Get taken to the top of a mountain and gently freewheel your way down, taking most of the day. Good fun, not too strenuous, and bikes to suit all ages.
3) Crazy golf - Quite a few around, especially on the way to Rethymnon - try the ones Platanias or Adelianos Campos. Best to do earlier in the day or early evening, when it's not too hot!