Iliana Hotel, apartments, Panormo, hotel with private pool, Rethymno, Crete



Want to experience a little bit of history? Head to the archaeological site of Ancient Eleftherna that is the most important archaeological site in the Rethymno prefecture. The excavations that begun in 1985 by the University of Crete - Greece in the area of the modern villages of Eleftherna and Archaia Eleftherna have brought to light important sections of the ancient city.

The city was inhabited uninterruptedly from the second millennium B.C. up to the later Roman, the first Byzantine and Byzantine years (13th century A.D.). The city prospered especially during the Archaic, Hellenistic, the Roman and the first Byzantine period. It was destroyed many times by conquerors and terrible earthquakes and was rebuilt again and again from the ruins. During its prosperity, it was one of the most powerful cities of Crete and Greece.


Looking for a place where history meets nature? Then the cave of Melidoni is for you. Located on the "Old Heraklion Road" between Rethymno and Heraklion., not far from Panormo, it is one of the three largest caves on Crete.

The Melidoni cave has been inhabited almost continuously since the Stone Age. During the Minoan times it was used for religious ceremonies. During this age the Great Mother Goddess was worshipped here, but probably also the bronze giant Talos. During the 19th century the Melidoni cave played an important role in the resistance against the Turkish rulers.

The cave itself consists of three separate rooms, of which one is accessible for visitors. The chamber consists of one big room with stalagmites and stalactites. In the cave it can be very slippery, so be careful when walking around.



If you are a keen hiker, you will enjoy following the E4 walking route that crosses Greece and Crete and passes near Panormo. The E4 European Long Distance Path begins at the Pyrenees in Spain, crosses the Bulgarian-Greek borders, runs through Greece and then goes through Crete from the prefecture of Rethymno to the prefecture of Lasithi and, finally, goes to Pafos (Cyprus) and ends up at Larnaka. It, thus, offers hikers or mountaineers the chance to get to know the whole variety of these landscapes and the richness of Greek and Cypriot nature. The path in Crete can be walked year-round, although spring and summer are the best times, as the weather is milder then.

For more information, visit the E4 official site http://www.e4nar.gr/index.php?l=1



Margarites is a traditional village, only a few kilometers away from Panormo, better known as a pottery center in the heart of Crete. Besides the beautiful scenery, here you can find many artists using traditional techniques to make beautiful clay artifacts. Here you can watch the entire process of pottery making, from the right choice of clayto their firing inspecial kilns, getting thus a unique insight to one of the traditional arts of Crete.




Rethymno is a town of approximately 40,000 people, the capital of Rethymno peripheral unit on the island of Crete, Greece.  A town full of history that still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, venetian-era castle, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, its small Venetian harbor and narrow streets.

The visitor has plenty to see here, from historical sites to modern museums and shops. You can enjoy local food and drinks in the numerous restaurants, cafes and bars and immerse oneself in the local way of life.



C.G from the UK

Set in a flower-filled two-storey courtyard, with a small swimming pool in the centre, the studios and apartments are scrupulously clean and well-equipped. The management are extremely welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. We have stayed at the Iliana many times,but more recently there have been improvements including better cooking facilities and hair-dryers.”

K.P., London

We had apartment 31 for a week in October. This is our third visit to Panormos and we find it an ideal location for a 'get away from it' break. Our apartment was comfortable on a first floor and had 2 balconies. The Iliana is well placed for access to the village amenities and beach and there is an hourly bus to Rethymnon.”


This is a lovely hotel for exploring the lovely village of Panormos.

We stayed the 2nd week of June 2014 and it was very quiet - we had the pool to ourselves most of the time. Which was handy as the pool was only small but perfect for cooling off in after a day sunbathing outside the apartments or down at the beach. Both beaches a just a short walk from the apartments.

Apartments are very clean, typical basic Greek accomodation. Staff were very friendly!

Maryline et Bruno de Bourgogne

nous quittons panormos a regret, c'est un endroit ou on a envie de flaner longtemps, et un chez soi a l'iliana Hotel est tout a fait propice a s'installer ici.Nous avons choisi un peu au hasard ce premier lieu de séjour, nous avons été bien inspires. juste pas eu le temps de faire quelques brasses dans la piscine.

Un jeune homme sympathique et attentionné, sans aucune fausse amabilité commerciale. Une tres bonne adresse

LADAN-8 Saratov, Saratov, Russia

Отель ИЛИАНА расположен в самом центре поселка Панормос. До пляжа около 200 метров. Но и их мы проезжали на арендованном Джипчике прямо с закрытой стоянки отеля. Прямо со стоянки можно посетить неплохой магазинчик с кожаной обувью, сумками и пр. неплохими изделиями и веселой и общительной хозяйкой.

Из отеля есть выход на центральную улицу. В шаговой доступности любые магазины и таверны.

Расположение поселка Панормос удобно для активных поездок по достопримечательностям Крита, которые как раз расположены больше всего в западной и центральной частях острова. На северном же побережье также расположены крупные города острова и аэропорты. Мы здорово сэкономили время и бензин тем, что выбрали отель заметно западнее аэропорта прилета в Ираклионе.

Здания отеля все оригинальной архитектуры, с разными балконами, лоджиями, террасами. Все чистенько, уютно. Свежий ремонт. Отель образуют здания, построенные прямоугольником так, что получается собственная внутренняя территория с небольшим, но достаточном для релаксации бассейном.

В номерах небольшие кухоньки с достаточным набором посуды , позволяющие экономить на еде в 3-4 раза по сравнению с такими же по качеству блюдами и сделанными из тех же продуктов, которые можно приобрести в магазинах (лучше супермаркетах типа LIDL) . Мы готовили на оливковом масле крупных креветок, жарили мясо на ребрышках с картошкой фри, рисом... Нисколько не хуже, чем в тавернах.

Завтраки, предоставляемые в отеле, достаточно однообразны, но как и везде в Греции свежие и сытные продукты.

Из маленьких недостатков: не было русскоязычного ТВ канала (может для кого-нибудь - это достоинство) и слабенький Wi-Fi

James W.

We arrived at Iliana apartments in the middle of the night so we had to wait till the next day till we could see what the outside looked like. But after checking out the apartment both me and my brother were really impressed! Spotlessly clean with a lovely balcony we both thought we'd struck gold! We went to sleep very impressed and couldn't wait to get up and explore the village of panormos. The next day we had a swim in the pool which despite being a little on the small side felt perfect for relaxing and very quiet. We stayed at Iliana apartments for a week and found the staff to be very helpful and friendly, the bed's are very comfortable and the village of panormos very pretty with great places to eat and perfect beaches. Overall had a great holiday and can't wait to return. Thanks to everyone in panormos for making our stay such a great experience but most of all Iliana apartments. We will be back soon

Irene G., Leeds

Had a really good week at the iliana. Service was good and Barbara on reception was helpful. They also do a breakfast which is ok (missed the greek yogurt though) but plenty of other nice things. Clean tidy and quite spacious very relaxing. Could have stayed another week.

Dave- Leicester

We stayed for a week in late July 2013. The staff from start to finish were friendly, happy, and professional, thank you. We had breakfast included which was basic but more than enough for us, fresh bread rolls, ham, cheese, cakes, cereal, juice, tea, coffee etc. The Hotel is very close to beach shops and restaurants-ideal location.

The pool is small but enough to cool off and chill if not too busy. There are two beach areas, we used the beach left out of carpark, (5 min walk), 6 euros for two beds, table and parasol.

Family with us had a problem with their air con which was replaced with a brand new unit when the repair failed- cant think of any hotel I've stayed at that who have doen this, usually we just get excuses. TV in room only had one channel that worked, but this was a news channel so great for checking whats going on in between.

The rooms are fresh, roomy and clean. Rooms for me are just bases to wash, sleep, etc in - always out in the day/eve.

There are electric kettles for the rooms but you need to ask. Would recommend this Hotel and the location if you want to relax and soak up the sun and culture- lots of nice restaurants, try them all.

Would recommend.


Stayed ten nights over 06/07/13-16/07/13 and what a find. Firstly I must say we booked this place because it was cheap. It wasn't reasonable, it wasn't a good deal, it was CHEAP! So for value for money it is worth every penny. My partner was 7 months pregnant and we requested a ground floor apartment which we got. IT WAS HUGE! there was a little telly on the wall (never used) and some basic but practical furnishings. A decent kitchen with everything we needed and a little porch where we sat and I drank Mythos whilst she had a freddo. The location is amazing, on the main high street a minutes walk to the little beach (which is the better beach) and all the lovely tavernas. Panormo is a great place for a RELAXING break. There is not a night club or any need for one. We spent most the week surrounded by Greeks. If you want to chill this is the place.

I would stay there again any time, but next time I would be tempted by more than just the price

G.T. Munich

Das Hotel liegt sehr zentral in Panormo, Einkaufsmöglichkeiten und Restaurants direkt nebenan. Die Zimmer sind sauber, klimatisiert und größenmäßig in Ordnung. Außerdem verfügt das Hotel über einen sauberen Pool und man hat die Möglichkeit, auf ein kostenloses WLAN-Netz zuzugreifen. Insgesamt macht die Anlage einen ruhigen und sauberen Eindruck und innerhalb Panormos erreicht man von dort aus alles zu Fuß. Trotzdem ist ein Mietwagen nicht schlecht, um die sehenswerte Umgebung kennen zu lernen. Insgesamt hat uns der Aufenthalt hier gut gefallen