The West Crete holidays guide
Location of Maleme
Maleme aerial view


The area of Maleme is not very built up at all and still pretty quiet.

 Getting there

16 km from Hania, frequent bus connections.


Not much atmosphere but the beach front is quiet.


A few large hotels and several pleasant apartments close to the beach.
Find accommodation in Maleme


Some restaurants.


Basic needs are covered by a few shops.


Some bars and a discotheque at the western end of Maleme.


The beach is made of fine pebbles and is far less crowded than the beaches of Gerani, Agia Marina and Platanias.

 Additional comments

Maleme is best known as the place where German paratroopers attacked Crete in 1941. Most of those young men lost their life in the attack and are laid to rest in the German war cemetery. It is a moving place located on the hills above Maleme and a place well worth a visit to ponder human stupidity.

 Maleme on the web

German war cemetery

 Additional photos



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