Updated: Sep 7, 2019
Located on the north eastern end of Rodopou cape, about 40 minutes boat trip from Kolymbari port, the Menies Beach is a magnificent, unspoiled place, surrounded by imposing rocks and wild natural beauty. It is a lovely secluded beach with pebbles and deep crystal blue waters, not affected by the usual winds blowing in the area and perfectly preserved due to difficult access by the road and virtually isolated of the modern civilization.
Menies beach is located on the site of ancient Diktynna, the most important temple of the goddess Vritomartis, which is believed to be goddess Artemis, worshiped here during the Hellenistic and Roman times by thousands pilgrims coming here from all over the island. The temple of Diktynna was disputed between ancient Kydonia and Polirinia (today's Chania and Kissamos areas). The few archeological remains belong to a temple of Adrianos times, that was built on the site of an older temple. The findings that have been found are a statue of Artemis, a head of Adrianos and another (unknown) statue. During Roman times, there was a long paved road of approximately 11 Roman miles, that connected the sanctuary with Polirinia; remains of it can be still seen around Rodopou village.
Snorkeling in Menies is an amazing experience, with the sea bed no deeper than 5 m and the sun rays illuminating the underwater landscape like a huge aquarium. Various types of fish, from small to medium sizes, swim undisturbed in the warm, crystal clear water. Two hours snorkeling here have passed like 10 minutes, one can't get enough of the relaxing feeling of floating above the water and watching the natural fauna unfold.
Our 4 hours cruise includes two stops for swimming and snorkeling, one in Menies beach and one in Chironisia bay, a place accessible only by the sea, with deep crystal blue waters, full of small caves where we can swim and snorkel inside.
Trip duration: 4 hours