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Maleme has a few large hotels and several pleasant apartments close to the beach and some bars and a discothèque at the western end. Its beach is made of fine pebbles and is popular though often less crowded than the beaches of Gerani, Agia Marina and Platanias.
Bronze Age 
A Late Minoan tholos tomb has been discovered in the vicinity of Maleme.
World War II 
Maleme is best known as a landing site for German paratroopers invading Crete in 1941, at the start of the Battle of Crete (Operation Mercury) during World War II. The paratroopers captured the airstrip, which was located just outside the town. Once captured, this airstrip allowed the Germans to airlift in the reinforcements needed to capture the rest of the island. Many of the paratroopers lost their lives in the attack and are buried in the German war cemetery () located on a hill above Maleme.
There is an Royal Air Force (RAF) Memorial to the airmen of 30 and 33 Squadrons who died during the battle. The memorial is located ( ) behind the roadside hedge between Maleme and Tavronitis overlooking the () Iron Bridge across the Tavronitis River and the end of Maleme aerodrome.
See also 
- German War Cemetery Photo Gallery
- Photos of war cemeteries at Maleme and Souda
- German War Graves, Maleme
- Accommodation in Maleme
- Maleme Travel Guide