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Maleme beach

  • Maleme beach


Maleme is located 18km west of Chania and is a part of the continuous beach, starting from Kolimbari and ending near Chania. The long bay of Chania is full of beautiful sandy and pebbly beaches, which are however open to the frequent north winds. Maleme beach is also sandy and the wider area is well developed. Next to the beach, you will find all the necessary amenities. If you are looking for a remote place to swim, you can find a quieter part of the beach at its west end, next to the old military airport.

Maleme name is thought to come from the word “Malama”, meaning gold because there might have been a gold mine in ancient times, but still, it is not proven. Apart from this, a domed grave of the late Minoan period has been found near Maleme. Despite that he had been ;looted, the archaeologists found two cylindrical seals depicting wild animals running.

Maleme in World War II
Maleme is one of the most historic places in Greece; it hosted the military airport of the Allies, till it was occupied by German troops. In order to occupy that German paratroopers landed in Maleme during the Battle of Crete in 1941. The Germans, who met heroic resistance from the locals and the allied forces, finally occupied the airport after suffering very important casualties. The heroic resistance of the Cretans, who fought only with sticks, stones and knives, dealt a huge blow to the most elite units of the German army, i.e. its paratroopers. This led Hitler to praise Cretan patriotism. It was the first time in the history of the Second World War, that German troops encountered strong resistance from a local population. Moreover, it was the first high-scale airborne invasion in history; and the last. The 4500 German paratroopers who were killed are buried in the German Cemetery, located on the hill near Maleme. Close to Maleme, near the bridge of River Tavronitis, there is also a monument dedicated to the killed airmen of RAF.



What activities can I do at Maleme beach?

There are various activities you can do at Maleme beach such as swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, and water sports like windsurfing and paddleboarding.

Is Maleme beach suitable for families with children?

Yes, Maleme beach is suitable for families with children as the water is shallow and calm, and there are lifeguards on duty during the summer season.

Are there any restaurants or cafes near Maleme beach?

Yes, there are several restaurants and cafes near Maleme beach where you can enjoy local cuisine and drinks while enjoying the beautiful view of the sea.

Can I rent beach equipment at Maleme beach?

Yes, you can rent beach equipment such as sun loungers, umbrellas, and beach towels at Maleme beach.

Is there a parking area near Maleme beach?

Yes, there is a parking area near Maleme beach where you can park your car for free.

What is the best time to visit Maleme beach?

The best time to visit Maleme beach is during the summer season, from June to September, when the weather is warm and sunny, and the sea is calm and clear.

What is the water colour of the beach?

The water colour of the beach is blue.

What type of sand can be found on the beach?

The beach has sand and fine pebbles.

What is the water depth of the beach?

The water depth of the beach is normal.

What is the surface of the sea usually like at the beach?

The surface of the sea at the beach is usually wavy.

What is the crowd like at the beach?

The beach is usually quiet.

What facilities are available at the beach?

The beach has accommodation options, food/water nearby, umbrellas/beds, sports, lifeguard, and showers.

How can the beach be accessed?

The beach can be accessed through bus services, paved road, and is handicap friendly.

Is there any tree shade available at the beach?

Yes, there is tree shade available at the beach.

Is there a seaturtle nesting point at the beach?

Yes, there is a seaturtle nesting point at the beach.

Beach facilities

  • Accommodation options
  • Food / water nearby
  • Umbrellas / beds
  • Sports
  • Lifeguard
  • Showers


  • Quiet

Water depths

  • Normal

Beach sand type

  • Sand
  • Fine Pebbles

Sea surface

  • Usually wavy

Water colour

  • Blue


  • Bus services

Other information

  • Tree Shade
  • Seaturtle nesting point

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