Chania is without a doubt amongst the most famous tourist attractions in Europe. There are many activities on Crete and most of our tourists adore and admire the island’s tranquility, traditions, nightlife. the majestic Greek sun, and beaches. Yet, for many Battle of Crete is on top of the things that they want to do in Chania, and we now elaborate further,
Things to do in Chania: Enjoy the contemporary history.
However, the things that one can do in Chania region are plentiful. For those especially interested in the past and history, Chania has to offer the chance to visit the sites where the famous Battle of Crete occurred in World War 2. The almost intact environment contributes to the whole experience and is a must for history enthusiasts or for many people whose relatives may have participated in this famous battle, especially people from the British Commonwealth.
The fact that distances between sites of interest in Chania are very proximate makes the retreat fast, easy, and a perfect idea for a half a day tour. In a very proximate distance from Agia Marina, heading west, is Platanias where guests can visit the famous War Shelter of Platanias. Guests can see a variety of WW2 military equipment such as artillery, shovels, original military uniforms, various ammunition and also have a chance to wander the 170 meters long· war shelter. Guests can also continue their journey heading 5 kilometers west in the battle sight from which the Battle of Crete is more pronounced.
History speaks for itself: The airfield of Maleme in Chania
The Airfield of Maleme is the main entrance in which most German paratroopers landed in WW2 in order to occupy the island. Maleme Airport is still present to this day and most of the property now belongs to the Greek Special Forces, however, guests can visit it and also can visit the British commemorative monument which is in close distance.
South of the airfield there lies the Hill 107 which is the burial ground of the axle forces and is well known as the Maleme German War cemetery where approximately 4. 500 German Soldiers are rested. The cemetery is well cared for and guests can see a panoramic view of the Maleme Airfield which lies in front of them facing north. For those who have time for a daily excursion, we also recommend a visit to Galatas Village where the famous Battle of Galatas has occurred and played a vital role in the war flow of things.
Lest we Forget: Battle of Crete Commonwealth war cemetery.
Later in the evening guests can travel to Souda Bay where the CommonWealth War Cemetery lies and is the corresponding burial ground for approximately 1500 allied soldiers. Guests can finish their day by sightseeing at the beautiful Souda Bay and have a meal at many of the neighboring local taverns present there.
The Battle of Crete is considered amongst historians as a Pyrrhic Victory of Germans. Even though they accomplished their goal of the island occupation, their casualties were so immense they had a strategic impact on the axle forces in WW2 onward. This happened primarily due to the courage and strength that locals and allies showed during the battles in various villages of Chania inland.
Guided tours with a professional guide with a BA in Contemporary history can also be arranged upon request and combined with your vacation stay. You can see our journey planner at the Book Online “Extras” to organize your trip or ask for more information at the reception desk upon your arrival.