Maleme – Falasarna – Chania.taxi
Our tour journey will start from
Maleme, which is best known as the main landing site of the 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 and once captured. This airstrip allowed the Germans to airlift the reinforcements needed to capture the rest of the island. Many of the paratroopers lost their lives at the attack and are now buried at the German War Cemetery located on a hill viewing Maleme.
There is also a Royal Air Force (RAF) Memorial for the airmen of the 30th and 33rd 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 airport.
Afterwards, we will visit the oldest olive tree alive in the world! The Olive Tree Museum of Vouves is ideally located, next to the Monumental Olive Tree, which is visited by approximately 20,000 people every year from all over the world. That number which is expected to increase rapidly in the coming years. The Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves has been declared as a “natural heritage monument” by decision no. 603/17-2-1997of the Secretary-General of the Region of Crete, due to its special ecological and historical importance.