The beach of Tavronitis is located 20km east of Chania, 1km north of Tavronitis village and on the west side of the historic airport of Maleme. It is named after the homonym river, flowing in the area.
The long beach in front of the village is a nice pebbly beach, which is actually a small part of the vast beach that runs from Kolimbari and extends up to Chania. This is ideal for swimming, especially on windless days. Near the beach there are many hotels, tavernas and restaurants, while you can find almost every possible touristic facility on the beach.
As previously mentioned, the beach is near the airport of Maleme, where a heroic resistance against the Germans took place in 1941. This is the place of the famous Battle of Crete, when German troops invaded Crete with parachutes and airplanes. This is the first time in the history of World War II that German army faced a strong resistance from local people and suffered serious casualties. During the German invasion, the Germans managed to establish a small bridgehead east of the river Tavronitis and put the airport under their control.