Departure from: Kolymbari Harbor
Departure time: 10:15
Return time: 14:15
Duration: 4 hours
Locations: A stop for swimming and snorkeling at the Caves, Menies beach
Available seats: 41
Free transfer: Contact us in order to arrange your FREE TRANSFER to/from Kolymbari harbor
Children under 3 years old: Free
Menies or Diktynna is located on the northeastern shores of Cape Rodopos, a 45 km northwest of Chania. Menies beach is formed into a small bay where the Foundas Gorge ends. It is a lovely secluded beach with pebbles and deep crystal blue waters that immediately captivates the visitor when approaching. It is not affected by the usual winds blowing in the area and it is the ideal destination for swimming and relaxation. The imposing rock combined with the wild beauty of the nature has an earthly paradise as a result. The Menies beach is several kilometers away from the nearest village and it has not been altered by humans in any shape or form. It is a virgin landscape that awaits you!
A little bit of history
Menies beach is located on the site of ancient Diktynna. Diktynna was the most important temple of the goddess Vritomartis where thousands of worshippers used to come in the area from all over the island. Minos, king of Crete, fell in love and in his attempt to conquer it came to chasing for nine months. Anxious to escape the Vritomartisepese sea from a mountain and got caught in some networks fishermen who saved her. For this reason, the Britomartis, named Diktynna, while the mountain from which it fell, Diktaion. Today, the only reminder of the existence of the ancient sanctuary is some scattered ruins behind the beach and a few Ionic columns and Doric around. Near the beach are the ruins of the temple dates back to 530 BC, and the remains of the ancient harbor a few meters above the current sea level.
Location: Chania, Crete
Sea water: Deap Blue
Sand type: Pebbles, Fine Pebble
Access: Eva Cruises, Dirt track