Benitses, geographically situated in the middle of the island of Corfu and facing mainland Greece, is positioned between sea and mountain and very close to the world-renowned Palace of Sissy – Achileion Palace and also emperor Kaisers Bridge.
From Corfu city center, where the international airport and port are, the distance is 12kms, approximately a 20-minute drive.
Easy access to Sights in Corfu
Benitses is also easily accessible from the south of the island and it’s only 25kms (35 min drive) from the alternative port of Lefkimi.
If you haven’t got your own means of transport, that isn’t a problem, as the village has daily, direct transportation on a regular basis via our local blue (urban) and green buses (suburban) which will bring you to Corfu town or to the town of lefkimi at the south oh the island.
There is also a taxi rank in Benitses providing you faster transport at your will to whichever part of the island you want to go.
There is also medical care (in the summer months), a pharmacy, and a police station.
Accommodation and entertainment areas can be found fast and easy as Benitses being a tourist resort, has over 1500 rooms in small family-run hotels, villas, apartments, and studios with very good and up graded services.
Nightlife and Restaurants
Benitses offers a variety of nightlife suitable not only for the young and young-at-heart but also for families.
The choice is varied – from fish tavernas, charcoal-grill tavernas, traditional Greek coffee bars (kafeneion), bars serving meze (ouzeri), and many restaurants serving a selection of international and Greek cuisine.
The best restaurants in Corfu are operating today in Benitses.
Our beaches are pebbled, clean, and very close to your accommodation.
Benitses was once (in the ’60s) the most popular and well-known tourist resort in Greece and not only, with the majority of tourists coming from Great Britain.
But things changing and the young British gone elsewhere. The village has now transformed into a more peaceful and beautiful environment for one to pass his/her days of relaxation in an ideal way.
Slowly but gradually and through more organized means, like the newly built marina, Benitses is seeking to regain its elegance.
Culture and Festivals
Epiphany (Theofania) – a celebration of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist (St. John). The day is marked by blessing the waters at the Benitses marina accompanied by the Philharmonic orchestra.
25th of March (began the uprising that started the War for Independence from the Ottoman Empire) – all three folklore groups of Benitses take part in the celebrations of the 25th of March in the Municipal Theatre of Corfu which is organized by Laodamas.
Holy Good Saturday – The Resurrection ( Megalo Savahto) – On Holy Saturday there is a Resurrection Mass at 11 p.m. followed at midnight by darkness symbolizing Jesus passing through the underworld, and finally by fireworks in the center of Benitses and a candlelight procession through the streets symbolizing Jesus’s resurrection. The Lent fast is broken by eating red-dyed eggs and mageiritsa soup widely available in the restaurants surrounding the Benitses square.
Easter Monday – Litany starts at St Nikolas church at the Tsaki area in the southern part of Benitses accompanied by the philharmonic and ends in Benitses.
Sunday of Thomas – Every Sunday after easter a litany begins at Aghia Paraskevi church ending in Benitses accompanied by the philharmonic.
Miroforon Sunday (third Sunday after Easter) – Litany starts at St. Nikolas (Vrisiliotis – near the water springs of Benitses on the mountain) and ends in Benitses.
Mayday – Local fiesta with folklore dancing and traditional Greek music in the main square of Benitses.
23rd of June Eve of St. John´s – the local women association revives the ancient custom of leaping over bonfires made from May Day wreaths at the Benitses square accompanied by live music.
Agia Marina festival at 17th of July– Village’s biggest festival around the year, as Saint Marina is the first church in the area dated back to the 15th century.
Sardine Fest in August – In early August there is a festival of Sardines co-organized by the Municipality of Achileion and the local Association for Culture and Redevelopment.
Lots of wine and grilled sardines together with live music, make this a great summer festival.