The Bali village is 9 km from Lameriana. There are organized beaches with umbrellas and sunbeds.
Bali was a small fishing village, but over the years has become a charming touring village, overlooking the little fishing harbour and the sea. It is a very attractive and romantic place, combining sea and mountains. Life is easy going enjoying the sun and the clear calm sea at a number of sandy and shingly beaches. Bali offers a large choice of taverns, restaurants, little shops, diving school, bars and discos (you can also find a surgery and pharmacy).
Panormo is 6 km away from Lameriana.
In Panormo there are actually two main beaches and a few smaller ones. As the name implies, Panormos is a natural harbor with calm waters. The harbor (Limanaki) beach in front of the village is the port of the area. It is sandy and has clear waters. It is ideal for children, as it is shallow and well protected from winds with piers, where the boats tie up. It is organized with umbrellas, showers, water sports and accommodation facilities around.
The second main beach named Limni is located just 200m west of the village. Similarly to the harbor beach, it’s a sandy beach, well protected by a rocky pier. Even further to the east, there is a small cove with a pebbly beach, ideal for seclusion and snorkeling.
Panormo is situated in a historic place and is believed to be on the site of the ancient city Panormus. The existence of an ancient city is confirmed by the discovery of the basilica of St. Sophia (6th ADCentury) 500m southwest of the village. The basilica is considered as one of the greatest Christian churches in Greece and the largest in Crete. Moreover, Panormos is called Kastelli of Milopotamos (i.e. Castle of Milopotamos), because it was fortified by the Genoese, who conquered it in 1206. The fort, however, fell a few years later at the hands of Venetians. Traces of the fort are still visible next to the harbor.
In the modern history, Panormo was a center for the transportation of goods produced in the wider region. The area produced large quantities of olive and carob. You can still visit the renovated carobmill, which is nowadays used as a cultural center. After the German Occupation, when it was bombed, the small fishing village and port transformed into a tourist resort. The new national road that was constructed next to the village and the construction of the marina in 1980, contributed to the touristic development of Panormos. Three festivals take place here every year: Ascension, St. John on June 24 and St. Nicholas on December 6.
Geropotamos is 11 km away from Lameriana.
Geropotamos located about 18 km east of Rethymno and 3 km west of Panormo. It is named after the homonymous river that flows into the beach. The small beach is sandy and has clean water, which is very cool because of the river, which forms a deep pool near the beach. It is organized with umbrellas and a canteen that offers soft drinks, water and food. Despite the easy access, it is always quiet and not crowded. However, the orientation of the beach, makes it vulnerable to north winds. The area is very important because the river is a natural shelter for rare birds and animals. The west coast of Geropotamos is full of caves, where rare Mediterranean monk seals and nesting birds of prey live. The beach lies beneath Geropotamos bridge and can be easily accessed by car.