Maleme is best known as the place where German paratroopers attacked Crete in 1941. Most of those young men lost their life in the attack and are laid to rest in the German war cemetery . It is a moving place located on the hills above Maleme and a place well worth a visit to ponder human stupidity.
This area is suitable for couples and families of all ages who have economy in mind and are looking for a quiet stretch of beach front and not much else. There are one or two larger hotels in the area, but they are generally generally lower-category self-catering options.
Maleme is found towards the west end of the north coast (10 mls W of Chania, 20 mls W of Chania airport). It is on a level road hugging the coastline, with gently rising fertile hills behind planted with olive and orange trees.