Maleme, Crete

This popular tourist resort is about 17km west of Chania. A medium sized village of around 550 people it is most famous for its role in the Battle of Crete in 1941, in which villagers prevented some 4000 invading Nazi parachutists from invading the island by shooting them down. Sites include the German Cemetery and the site of the Kafkales the ruins of a hatched grave dating from the Late Minoan period.