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The largest of the Greek islands, Crete remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Famed for its beautiful harbours, spectacular mountains and glorious beaches, Crete has a very individual character of its own. This is undoubtedly down to the Cretans who are proud but very friendly people with a great sense of humour and a wonderfully independent spirit.

Cretan history dates back to 6000 BC and the island later became part of the first high-level civilisation in Europe. Today Crete still retains much of that ancient magic, myth and mystery. Wonderful sights include the Minoan Palace at Knossos, Minoan Sites of the Goddess and the fascinating archaeological site at Gortys.

The north coast of the island is the main tourist area and all Crete’s major towns are located here. But the area is also famous for its beautiful sun-drenched beaches. As tourism is one of the mainstays of the island (the other being agriculture) access around the resorts is good with a host of tavernas, restaurants, cafes and shops within easy walking distance. However, the island’s interior is very mountainous and roads are narrow, so it’s best to keep to organised excursions. The stunning inland scenery includes gorges, caves, forests, stone-built villages and hidden monasteries, creating an unforgettable picture of an unspoilt way of life.

The island produces abundant oranges, olives, honey, cheese and grapes and eating out is always a treat. As well as international cuisine, traditional Cretan recipes offer healthy, hearty and delicious menus, always served with a smile.


Currency Euro

Time Difference (from UK) +2 hours

Flight Time (from UK) 4 hours

Voltage 220V, 50Hz

Shop Opening Times 0800-1430 Mon, Wed & Sat, 0800-1400 & 1730-2030 Tue, Thur & Fri,

0800-2100 Mon-Fri, 0800-2000 Sat (Supermarkets 0800-2000 Mon-Fri, 0800-1800 Sat), (large Department stores), 0900-1500 Mon, Wed & Sat, 0900-2000 Tue, Thur & Fri

Bank Opening Times 0800-1430 Mon-Thur, 0800-1400 Fri


General Description:

A coastal and historical village in the North-western part of Chania. Development straddles the main coast road for 1¾ miles. Maleme's chief claim to fame is that it was the starting point for the German invasion of Crete in 1941, mainly owing to its airbase, which still exists. The next village with any significant number of shops and restaurants is Platanias, 2½ miles east.


Towards the west end of the north coast. 10 miles west of Chania, 20 miles west of Chania airport.

The south-east part, is surronded by olive trees, orange trees, and vineyards offering a beautiful and tranquil place. The North-West part meets a long fine peeble beach.


Along the main street every day facilities such as, a pharmacy, medical centre, a bakery, and a supermarket are available. And for more traditional items, shops sell pottery, cloths, jewellery and souvenirs. 

Eating Out:

There are cafes, bars and local restaurants (tavernas) along the waterfront road, opposite the beatuful sea, some of them with accessible toilets.  Also other hotels offer good dining options.

For the less mobile traveller:

Maleme being a small Greek village means that the area is quiet, and there is one main road to cross to get to the beachfront where all the cafes, bars and shops are situated. The main road has drop kerbs, however the small side streets do not have payments, but due to their quietness, wheeling in the road is not a problem. Surrounded by beautiful lemon, orange and olive groves to the one side of its main street and the beautiful blue Mediterranean sea to the other, it’s the perfect place to relax. A large wooden ramp to access the pebble beach, plus the hotel complimentary floating wheelchair gives you access to the beach and sea. The beach is well organised and provides all kinds of facilities such as sun loungers and unbreallas.