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Maleme

Maleme is a quiet tourist village sandwiched between the rolling green hills and the sea. Just sixteen kilometers from the historic old town of Chania and only a few minutes from the lively seaside resort of Platanias, Maleme is a great all-round family destination. The village itself has a modest selection of traditional tavernas, modern restaurants, shops and mini-markets whilst the long pebbled beach provides the perfect place for long days in the sun. Maleme is also well known for its old airport, fully operational during the Second World War, it is now unused and a popular historic attraction.

  • 45 minsfrom Chania
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Food & Dining

Food and dining at Maleme

Crete boasts a number of fantastic local cuisines including dakos, kaltsounia, sarikopitakia, dolmades and traditional Greek salad to name a few.

Restaurant Types

  • Family friendly
  • Local/Traditional
  • International

Nightlifein the area of Chania

Nightlife at Maleme

In the summer Chania becomes a city full of fun and entertainment. There are lots of different bars and night clubs to go to, serving a range of unique cocktails with a great variety of music.

Shops & Facilities

General Services

  • Internet cafe
  • Petrol station

Food Shopping

  • Baker
  • Mini market
  • Patisserie
  • Butcher

Healthcare

  • Pharmacy

Excursions and Places of Interest

Excursions and Places of interest at Maleme

Vineyards

Dourakis Winery can be found in between Rethymno and Chania near to the village of Alikambos – providing wine tasting and tours of the vineyards.

Cruises

Various boat excursions can be taken from Chania’s town harbour which explore Crete's northern coastline.

Local sporting events

Various sports events including: Beach Volleyball, Beach soccer and Beach Handball take place from May-September in the Nea Kydonia Municpal Unit in Chania.

Natural areas of beauty

Head south into the hills and mountains from Chania and you’ll be transported into Crete’s natural beauty.

Samaria Gorge is one of Greece’s most well-known areas of Natural Beauty, which can be found near the southern part of the island to the south of Chania.

Gramouvsa is a small island off the north-west coast of Crete and is one of Crete’s hidden gems – access is easiest via a boat from Kissamos Kastelli Port.

Botanical gardens

The Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete, can be found 18 kilometres south from Chania Town, near to the village of Fournes. Set within 20 hectares of grounds, the Park and Gardens host a variety of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal, and ornamental plants.

Attraction parks

Aquaworld Aquariumin Hersonissos and Cretaquarium Thalassocosmos in Heraklion. Aquaworld is Crete’s first aquarium, opening in 1995. Both aquariums feature sea life and reptiles from all over the world, and the majority of these animals were rescued or previously injured and have been given a second chance with a new home.

Water Parks

Watercity, Crete’s main waterpark, can be found 15km on the eastern side of Heraklion and hosts a variety of water slides and pools, along with various other restaurant / bar facilities.

Limnoupolis waterpark, can be found 10km south-east from Chania, near to the village of Varipetro and offers a variety of pools and waterslides, along with snack bars and a restaurant.

Other excursions

The Palace of Knossos is situated 5km southeast of Heraklion. Knossos was the first capital city of Crete and this monument is the most important on the whole island. The Palace of Knossos is also connected to several thrilling legends, including the myth of the Labyrinth, Daidalos and Ikaros and the Minotaur. This amazing historical site is definitely worth the visit and you won’t be disappointed.

The old town

Chania has a wonderfully historic old town offering a fusion of Venetian and Turkish architecture and is made up of tiny, winding, cobbled streets. Part of the old town is set around a lovely Venetian harbour area, offering a host of waterside tavernas and cafés.

Museums

Various Museums can be found around Chania town, displaying all types of artefacts: Archaeological Museum of Chania, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection, Nautical Museum of Crete, Museum of Typography (Souda Bay), Historical and Folklore Museum of Therisos, Folklore Museum of Chania – Cretan House, Museum of Eleftherios Venizelos, Museum of National Resistance.

Churches / Cathedrals

There are many churches and cathedrals throughout the town and region of Chania, most of which can be visited (albeit some at specific times), the larger and more popular churches visited are: Monastery of Chrysopigi, Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou, Gouverneto Monastery or Lady of Angels, The Minaret of Agios Nikolaos, Giali Tzamisi Mosque.

War memorials

The British and Commonwealth War Cemetery is located in Souda Bay, 5km east of Chania.

The German War Cemetery is found the hills over-looking Maleme airfield, located 20km to the west of Chania.

National parks

The White Mountains National Park is centred around the Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe (16km in length). Various excursions can be booked from most large towns and resorts, whereby you can hike along the gorge. Good walking shoes and some degree of fitness is required!

Castles

Firka Fortress – a beautiful Venetian fortress northwest of Chania’s port built 1610-1645.

There are many other ancient castles and fortresses found all over Crete - the most popular include: Frangokastrello (in the south west part of the island, 12km from the village of Chora Sfakion) and Castello del Moro (in Heraklion).

Architecture

The old town of Chania offers a strong presence of Venetian and Turkish design and architecture.

Ancient Kydonia – a minion settlement in the heart of Chania.

Ancient Aptera – located 15km from Chania, overlooking Souda Bay, is a fantastic Minoan settlement.

The Byzantine Wall of Chania – surrounds the Kasteli in Chania.

Other Places of interest

Late Minoans Tholos Tomb, Height 107 at Kaukales Hill

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