Benitses’ name is derived from the ancient Greek word pinio (πηνίο): literally translated in English to coil. The winding tributaries that descend from the nearby mountains of Aghii Deka and Stavros meet and branch into two smaller rivers that give Benitses its name. The fresh spring water that runs through the village of Benitses drew early people to the area. Ruins of traditional Roman baths which are open to visit are still present in the village today.
In Benitses village you can find not only a Blue Flag long sandy beach but also many shops, restaurants, pharmacy, supermarkets and cafes. The brand new marina with yachts is also an idyllic spot to enjoy refreshments and snacks. For the culinary lovers, Benitses offers some of the best tavernas in Corfu for seafood dishes, fresh fish and traditional recipes such as “pastitsada” and “sofrito”. The pebbled roads leading up to the church of St. Nicholas and Agia Marina reflect the picturesque and historic character of the village dating back to the 13th century when it was originally populated.
The central square or else called “plateia” in Greek offers beautiful cafes ideal to relax and unwind. You can also find fresh fish and see the little boats “batelo” trading and coming in the Marina. The nightlife in Benitses is also tranquil and joyful, offering 3-4 bars with cocktails, Mediterranean wine varieties and soft drinks. From time to time live music events, such as Greek nights and Jazz nights are organized. Achillion Palace, the Palace of Princess Sissy of Austria is only 10 mins drive away and can also be reached on foot by hiking towards the hills of Gastouri. The Shell Museum is also open during the summer season and worths visiting. Laopetra, a big rock emerging from the sea is the trademark of the area and was formed when thousands of years ago. It symbolized the rock of people in Greek language.
If you are lucky enough, you will have the chance to experience one of the famous festivals taking place in Benitses. Agia Marina festival on the 17th of July as well as the Sardines Festival in August are taking place at the central square of Benitses. Folk bands and singers play music until the first morning hours, while the audience dances all night long. Local delicacies and drinks are served and party is a representation of a traditional Greek celebration.
Benitses village is not just a cosmopolitan spot, but also maintains its picturesque and traditional character in every way. The hospitality and warmth of the locals together with the natural beauty, great food and the variety of activites make Benitses and idyllic destination to visit.