Holidays to Maleme
Off the beaten track, Maleme is a quiet village on the north west coast of Crete. The pace of life here is unhurried, so don’t expect hi-octane action like down the coast at Platanias. Surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, it’s very much a traditional Greek seaside destination. It’s got a handful of small bars, tavernas and shops. One thing that isn’t small though is the 3km stretch of beach split into 2 sections.
The sandy area has sunloungers and beachfront tavernas, while the pebbly part is just shingles, the sea and pine trees.
Savour the peace and tranquillity of this secluded pebbly beach set against the mountains of the Kissamos peninsula.
German War Cemetery
Maleme is known as the place where German paratroopers attacked Crete in 1941. See the graves of over 4,000 soldiers.
Church of Agiou Antoniou
In the grounds of this striking white and yellow church you can see monuments to WW2 and the Greek resistance.
Slides, rides and a huge swimming pool await. thrill seekers can take on the heart pumping Triple Twist or Crazy River.
Hike through Samaria Gorge
It’s possible to walk the whole 18km in a day, but if you’re not feeling that epic, there is a shorter route instead.
The restaurants in Maleme are focused on the main street, with both Greek and international cuisine on the menu.
Try sweet mini cheese pies, lamb served with spiny chicory, popping fried snails or Cretan bread dipped in olive oil.
The nightlife here is low key, but the bars are open till late and there’s a small disco on the west side of the resort.
Bag a plum spot on the terrace of this waterfront bar so you can get the best view of the sunset while enjoying a drink.
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