Introducing Maleme holidays 2021
Maleme is a relaxed little seaside town overlooking a long shingle beach on the northern coast of Crete, a 20-minute drive from the enchanting city of Chania, and just 10 minutes by car from the lively resort of Platanias. This quiet little resort is particularly popular with families and couples, thanks to its laid-back charm, pristine beach and sprinkling of traditional cafés and tavernas. The beach is long and well-equipped and some sections are a nesting site for the endangered loggerhead turtle. Maleme is a great base for exploring the region, whether you want to do some hiking in the White Mountains, visit the beautiful and historic city of Chania, or seek out secret coves on the Rodopos peninsula.
Why book Maleme holidays
Discover the best beaches
In Maleme, you'll get to enjoy a duo of beaches, one side is sandy and the other is pebbly
Sample the local food
You'll love to stop off at a taverna for your dose of succulent Greek cuisine
Rest & relaxation
Holidays to Maleme are all about much-needed R&R...
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Your guide to Maleme holidays
Maleme is charming, low-key resort on the northern coast of Crete, just a 20-minute drive east of the beautiful city of Chania. It has a long shingle beach with plenty of sun beds and facilities for water sports, and sections of it are a nesting site for the endangered loggerhead turtles. The little village has enough shops, bakeries and restaurants to make your holiday enjoyable and hassle-free, and there’s plenty of nightlife in Platanias, a lively resort located 10 minutes away by taxi. There are lots of pretty and authentic villages to explore in the hills behind Maleme, where you’ll find lots of fantastic hikes and walks. Chania, which is prettily arranged around a gorgeous Venetian harbour, is perfect for a day trip, and kids will enjoy the boat excursions and water park.
Maleme beach is a long stretch of shingle lapped by turquoise waters. It’s long enough to have plenty of space, even in the height of summer, particularly if you head west. It’s just one of a whole string of beaches that extend for more than 10 miles around the Bay of Chania. Maleme has plenty of sun beds and parasols for rent, and there are lots of tavernas and cafés lined up along the seafront promenade. Although the beach has no facilities for water sports, it’s a great place to snorkel, particularly around the sunken German warplane located just offshore. You’ll find plenty of aquatic activities in Platanias, the nearest big resort, which is a 10-minute drive away.
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Prices last checked at 14:30 25 February 2021