The beautiful area of Maleme lies 20 km west of Chania and provides all the modern amenities for a comfortable stay. The village of Maleme is written in the pages of the history of modern Greece due to the Battle of Crete that took place in the area in May 1941. Today, the German cemetery in Maleme receives thousands of visitors annually.
Maleme has a wide and lond beach, a mixture of sand and pebbles, that provides all the modern amenities for a comfortable stay while it is perfect for cycling and jogging. There is a significant tourism growth in recent years due to the short distance from the cosmopolitan Platanias which offers a full nightlife. For everyday shopping there is a large local Supermarket located in the Maleme village which is only a few minutes’ drive from the villa. Alternatively there are plenty of local shops available at the village of Tavronitis just a few minutes from the villa.
The peaceful village of Maleme has a handful of tavernas, shops and lovely beaches with cool, clear waters. If you take the high way, Chania is approximately 20km away where you can wander for hours in the narrow, quaint streets with bars and restaurants on every corner. The city also serves great opportunities for shopping, museums and other cultural attractions. The seaside resort of Platanias is approximately 8km away and there you’ll find plenty of restaurants and shopping facilities.
Maleme is an ideal starting point for visits to a few arguably of the most beautiful beaches not only in Crete but the whole of Greece, namely, Balos, Falasarna and Elafonisi.
Balos, a relatively little known paradise on earth is located on the rugged unspoiled northwesternmost point of Crete, on the Gramvoussa Cape. The white sand and the crystal clear turquoise water classify Balos as one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete. Reaching this beach is an adventure in itself but once you get there either by boat or by the track road from Kaliviani village you will be rewarded by the magnificence of the Cretan nature.
Falasarna, on the west coast of Crete, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It has always being among the top winners of the contests for the most beautiful beaches in Europe and recently has been ranked by CNN as the 100th most beautiful beach of the world. Fine white sand, crystal-clear turquoise water and rather spacious, it rarely becomes overcrowded. Being located on the west shore of Crete, Falasarna truly fascinates the visitors with magnificent sunsets, arguably and admittedly among the most beautiful in Crete. Hence if we could give you a small tip it would definitely be this one: Don’t leave until the sun is set! A destination that does worth the journey.
Elafonisi is located in the southwest end of Crete, about 55km from Villa Lady Daphne. A place of an exceptional natural beauty which has been included in the Natura 2000 Environmental Protection Program. It is generally agreed that Elafonisi is among the top 5 beaches of Crete, for many simply the top. Many contests and travelers’ forums have placed Elafonisi among the best beaches of not only Greece but the whole world. What characterises the area of Elafonisi and makes it such an exotic place, are the little sand islets formed, the shallow turquoise waters of the sea, which at a point looks like a lagoon, and certainly the fine white sand which in some light displays tones of pink glow, believed to be from the thousands of broken seashells. Elafonisi gives the unique feeling of being in an exotic paradise whilst having a Mediterranean holiday. A place that will certainly not disappoint you.