Maleme Mare Beachside Hotel is located in Maleme village, part of the municipality of Platanias.
According to the French archaeologist Paul Faure, the name of the village comes from the word “malama”, which means “gold”, indicating the existence of an ancient gold mine in the area.
The area has been inhabited since the prehistoric period and the post-Minoan remains of the Beehive Temple have been excavated in the site “Kafkales”.
Maleme is mostly known for its significant role in the historic Battle of Crete in 1941 which had a major impact on the outcome of the Second World War.
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WE GROW OUR OWN FOOD
Our own, home-produced, virgin olive oil is used in our kitchen for cooking and dressing the salads. The taste and high quality of this oil is due to the traditional natural cultivation method we follow.
We use fresh Cretan herbs from our herb gardens for all dishes and salads. We have created our own organic vegetable farm adjacent to the hotel to grow most of the vegetables consumed in the hotel.
At Maleme Mare Beachside Hotel we pride ourselves on being eco-friendly and caring for our island, conserving and protecting the environment. Our eco-sensitive philosophy is demonstrated by the following actions: Read More
We recycle as many waste products as possible including:
Maleme is perfectly located to embark on many small trips and excursions to destinations all over western Crete. There are frequent buses throughout the day connecting the hotel east to Chania and Platanias and west to Kissamos. Read more
A trip to Chania is a “must” as it is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece. Explore the narrow streets and the Indoor Market with little shops selling local Cretan products and souvenirs; sample the local, freshly-cooked food and take in the beautiful views around the Old Venetian Harbour with its striking architecture.
Platanias is a tourist town offering a lively nightlife, with many bars, restaurants and shops and a beautiful sandy beach with sunbeds, umbrellas and a variety of watersports.
Cars, motorcycles or bicycles can be hired for those wishing to explore further afield to experience the local culture or explore the beautiful countryside and stunning beaches.
From Maleme you have access to Elafonissi, Falassarna and Balos, the famous exotic beaches which are voted every year among the best in Europe, but also to the beautiful beach towns of Paleochora and Sougia on the south coast. Discover different landscapes and traditional Cretan hospitality in the lowland and mountain villages.
Finally, for those looking for some exercise, take the day trip to the Samaria Gorge and admire the wild landscape of this UNESCO-protected National Park. The village of Maleme is also an ideal place for a quiet stroll to some local places of interest including:
- The German War Cemetery - approx. 3 km. uphill from the road, where you can enjoy the wonderful view.
- Kafkales - up the hill where you can see the interesting architecture of the Post-Minoan Beehive Temple.
- The Christian Orthodox Church of Saint Anthony built in 1938 and an older church from the 19th century.
- Or go for a walk or jog along the Maleme seafront, following the newly-renovated beach road. The late afternoon or early evening colours in the sky and the sea are quite magnificent – you must experience the famous Maleme sunset!