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Introducing holidays to Maleme

With its sun-soaked sands and laid-back setting, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with holidays to Maleme. Located on the northwest coast of Crete, your Greek getaway will put you within close distance of numerous holiday hotspots, while keeping that peace and quiet you desperately crave on holiday.

Venturing on a trip with the family? This part of Greece is ideal for those travelling with little ones, while family run tavernas serve up cuisine that even cater to children. There are even local attractions in the form of parks and gardens to keep adrenaline-seeking youngsters happy. Head to Limnoupolis Water Park for thrills and spills, or lounge around on Maleme’s blue flag beaches.

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Top hotels in Maleme

Futura
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Futura
Futura

Maleme, Crete

from £163pp
Asterion Beach Hotel & Suites
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Asterion Beach Hotel & Suites
Asterion Beach Hotel & Suites

Maleme, Crete

from £313pp
Ledra Maleme
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Ledra Maleme
Ledra Maleme

Maleme, Crete

from £164pp
Sunny Suites
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Sunny Suites
Sunny Suites

Maleme, Crete

from £197pp
Gerona Mare
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Gerona Mare
Gerona Mare

Maleme, Crete

from £213pp
Bella Pais Hotel
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Bella Pais Hotel
Bella Pais Hotel

Maleme, Crete

from £242pp
Alexandros M. Studios and Apartments
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Alexandros M. Studios and Apartments
Alexandros M. Studios and Apartments

Maleme, Crete

from £232pp
Maleme Mare Apartments
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Maleme Mare Apartments
Maleme Mare Apartments

Maleme, Crete

from £303pp

At a glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Greek
  • Time Zone: GMT +2
  • Average flight time: 4h 15m

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Life’s a beach

Holidays in Maleme are likely to be focused on the beach side of things, with plenty to keep you occupied. The village itself is set between Tavronitis and Gerani, so you’ve plenty of sandy spaces to choose from too. Maleme beach is a quiet spot and although it measures just 3km, it serves as a great spot for little ones to play or paddle. The surrounding area is just as appealing – with shingle and pebble paths leading through to shaded pine trees and gorgeous forests.

Looking for a bit more hustle and bustle? The Blue Flag beach at Platanias is just a 10 minutes drive away and has more than enough space to land a sun lounger or two. Embrace your inner adventurer with a dose of water sports down at the seafront – you’ll find everything from sailing and water-skiing to snorkelling and scuba diving.

Top attractions

Those seeking action-packed holidays to Maleme will be pleased. With a varied landscape and scenic surroundings, it makes for a great place to explore – whether that means a hike in the hills or a leisurely boating trip. Head to nearby Chania, a quiet and peaceful village that holds many charms of its own. From here, you can experience a number of boat trips that invite you to explore the surrounding waters as well as glorious Greek islands dotted around. Alymyrida beach is a must-see if you’re looking for a romantic hideaway, swathed with white sand and backed by a historic fishing port.

If you’d prefer something a little less strenuous on your trip, you might want to sample Maleme’s nightlife. The restaurants are excellent, mainly due to their delicious local offerings. This part of the island is big on Greek flavours and the favourite is a hearty beef stew called Stifado. Get your fill of mouth-wateringly good dishes like moussaka and meatballs, and don’t forget to finish with a glass of raki!