On the cliff at the tip of the peninsula, above the port and the pier, there is the Porto Parasiris restaurant. It differs from the usual tavernas, and the menu includes some special features. Why not try the Pandora salad and the pork fillet rolls with mushrooms in a Madeira sauce ...
South of the port there is the village center with a crossroad where the post office stands. The crossroad is being closed for motor traffic in the summer, because the neighbouring tavernas place their tables there and use it as an open-air restaurant.
Immediately opposite the post office there is Makis' Taverna which also deserves special reference. Makis wraps the chicken pieces which he uses for his chicken souvlaki in thin slices of ham, and also some other of his dishes have a special touch ...
A few thousand years ago things were more lively in Panormo than they are today, as here was the port of the 22 km inland Minoan town of Eleftherna
which in those times was one of the largest in Crete
The excavation works there are still far from complete, and the archaeologists suspect by now that Eleftherna could even have been a bit bigger than Knossos, so for those times it was a real metropolis with an extensive merchandise movement which due to the lack of roads was predominantly processed over the port of Panormo.
But that was long ago. Today there is a highway which conveniently guides you from from Heraklion Airport
to Panormo, and rent-a-car companies
such as Eurocars Crete
prepare your rental car straight at the airport
and take it back there as well.
Instead, you can have your rental car delivered to your hotel in Panormo and drop it off there as well. Although the ride on the shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel and back is less comfortable than by hired car, this can be an inexpensive alternative if you have lots of luggage.