Maleme German military cemetery

German military cemetery in Maleme

Maleme, 11 miles west of Chania, the second largest German military cemetery in Greece. 2016 is the 75th anniversary of the heavy fightings for the island following the airborne invasion of Crete on May 20, 1941 and the allied evacuation until June 1, 1941. The pretty, simple grave complex is situated on a gentle slope terrain with views over the bay to the peninsula Rodopou, approximately at the place where in 1941 the heavily battled Hill 107 was. From there you have a good overview of the still existing and military cordoned airfield Maleme and the old battlefield. The cemetery… learn more

Vai beach

Beach at Vai

The beach at Vai. The beach at Vai – the Vai Finikodaos – famous for its palm trees, contrasts with the surrounding area and rest of Toplou. The sudden appearance of Europe’s only wild-palm forest is indeed an outstanding sight. The palm trees are the local species Phoenix theophrasti (Cretan date palm) and have been native to Crete for thousands of years. Their fruits are inedible, as is the case with all the palm trees in the northernmost region of the Mediterranean. Probably there were more of them at the time of the Minoans, as they are depicted on many… learn more

Naval Museum

Naval Museum of Chania

The Naval Museum of Chania. The Naval Museum of Crete was first set up in Chania in 1973 and has already received an award from the Historical-Ethnological Society for its work. It is located at the entrance to the Venetian fortress ‘Firkas’, which dominated the port entrance. The displayed exhibits in the Naval Museum are fascinating, especially for the enthusiast, because of their numerous, marvelous ship models as well as dioramas and old maps of the Venetian Chania as well as ancient sea battles. The two-storey museum has 13 exhibition areas ranging from ancient times to the Battle of Crete.… learn more

Bus Timetable

bus station of Aghios Nikolaos

Bus Timetable Summer Season 2018. The bus timetable for the summer season 2018 (valid from April to October) for East Crete. All links between Heraklion, Malia, Aghios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Sitia, Elounda and the surrounding area. The departure times refer mostly to the local bus station. In the case of intervening bus stops, it is always possible to expect traffic-related, normal deviations from the arrival of the buses. Alternatively, you can also use a taxi or get a rental car. learn more