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Bali in Crete & the Neighboring Village of Panormo

[caption id="attachment_6192" align="aligncenter" width="2816" caption="The beautiful beach of Bali in Crete"][/caption] Bali in Crete used to be a small Cretan fishing village but over the years it has become a charming touring attraction, overlooking the little fishing harbor and the beautiful sunny beach. It is a very attractive and romantic place, combining sea and mountains.Bali in Crete is located 33 km east of Rethymnon city and 50 km west of Heraklion city. It is a tourist resort built along a beautiful gulf, shaping several small beaches in an impressive environment. Monasteries of Bali in Crete Monastery of Atali is one of the places you can visit there, it’s about 5 km in the South of Bali which is dedicated to St. Ioannis and dated since the 17th century. You may also visit the church of Panagia Charakiani at the eastern side of the gulf. And if your direction is at East, don’t forget to visit the picturesque village Sises which is located about 13 km from Bali. The Monastery of Atali in Bali [caption id="attachment_6194" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Atali Monastery in Sises Village, Bali"][/caption] Amenities of in Bali in Crete In Bali region you can enjoy the tasteful local dishes in the taverns and restaurants which offer you a great view of the gulf, as well as the night life in small romantic bars. Water sports activities are also available in many beaches.  As regards the accommodation, you may find a variety of traditional holiday villas with private pool, which offer you a comfortable and relaxing accommodation. If you want to experience the traditional entertainment, there are three local festivals taking place every year in the area: the festival of Agia Triada, the festival of Panagia Charakiani on 15th of August and the festival of Agios Ioannis at Atali Monastery on 29th of August. You can approach Bali easily from Rethymnon city, by bus, taxi or a rental car/motorbike. [caption id="attachment_6195" align="aligncenter" width="981" caption="Bali in Crete combines everything, a stunning port , beautiful beaches and gorgeous mountain view"][/caption] Panormo in Rethymno, Crete Panormo in Rethymnon, Crete, is located in the East, 20 km from Rethymnon. It is a quiet resort that has developed the last years, without losing its traditional character. This development is the result of the combination of the Cretan landscape’s beauty, the village’s charm, the idyllic beaches and the easy approach to the village. [caption id="attachment_6196" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Panormo, Rethymno"][/caption] In Panormo there are two main beaches, except from the smaller ones, Limanaki and Limni. Limanaki beach, in the front side of the village, is sandy with clean waters. It is ideal for little kids, as it is shallow and organized with umbrellas, showers and water sports. The western, organized, sandy beach of Panormo, Limni, lies only 200m from the village. [caption id="attachment_6197" align="aligncenter" width="800" caption="The small beach Limani of Panormo, Rethymno"][/caption] Next to the beach, there is a quiet mole, suitable for relaxation and scuba diving. You can also take part in short excursions by boat in order to visit the smaller beaches. You can reach Panormo directly by bus from Rethymnon or Heraklion. article by cretico see full article here