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A peaceful Cretan resort

For a holiday set to the sounds of gently lapping waves, look no further than Maleme. A short drive outside of Chania, Maleme is a seaside hamlet along Crete’s western coast, surrounded by picturesque olive groves and pine trees. The undisputed star of the place – and where you’ll spend most of your time on Maleme holidays – is the 3-kilometre beach, which stretches as far as the eye can see.

Days can be spent relaxing under the shade of a pine tree, iced coffee in hand, and gazing out at the endless blue horizon. For something more energetic, there are a host of water sports on offer, too. While there’s plenty in Maleme to keep you entertained – architecture fans can gaze in awe at the Orthodox churches and history buffs can enjoy discovering the Minoan-era tomb – holidays to Maleme are very much about simply relaxing and the tranquil beach life.

Your Maleme questions, answered

Maleme is perfect for families and couples looking to visit a calm, slightly off-the-beaten-track resort that’s still close enough to explore some of Crete’s major attractions.
You won’t need a car in Maleme itself, and there are frequent bus connections to Chania Town. For exploring further afield it’s useful to rent a car.
You’ll find a number of seaside tavernas in Maleme serving up traditional Cretan dishes. Order whatever is fresh and in season – in summer, that means tomatoes.

Best things to do in Maleme

Take a history lesson

Maleme was a place of heroic resistance during World War II. There are two cemeteries that are well worth visiting – the German cemetery and the RAF cemetery.

Enjoy the beach

Maleme beach is lovely – if you head to the western end, you’ll often find yourself completely alone, making it the perfect spot for some serious relaxation.

Hit the water

Maleme has a variety of water sports options for the whole family. Hop in a sea kayak or grab your snorkel to peer into the underwater world.