Menetes is the largest village on the island and is located on the south side of Karpathos, 8 km from the capital town, Pigadia. It is amphitheatrically built on the northern slope of Mount Profitis Elias. It is distinguished by its traditional architecture, with the colorful houses and the narrow alleys. The landmark of the village is the church of the Assumption of the Virgin with the carved, wooden iconostasis dating from the 19th century, which is built at the edge of the cliff. Every year on the 15th of August a big festival takes place in the village in honor of the Virgin. The view from the courtyard towards the village and the capital town of Karpathos, Pigadia is really stunning.
The village dates from the Middle Ages during the time that the Greek islands were exposed to pirate attacks. In the dark centuries of the raids, the Menetian resistance was a symbol against every conqueror, and their inhabitants were always pioneers in the liberation wars and symbolized patriotism and freedom.
In the outskirts of the village lies the church of Agios Mamas, a chapel of remarkable architecture and frescoes dating from 1300 A.D. Menetes also houses the folklore museum of the island, with collections of archaeological finds, vessels and sculptures. The visitor has the chance to walk in the small alleys, to taste traditional dishes in the taverns of the village and to drink coffee in traditional cafes.