Like many of the beautiful resorts found on the island of Corfu, Benitses started as a quaint fishing village before visitors fell in love with its beauty. The resort proved immensely popular with youngsters during the 1980s but has since calmed down and now offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
As one of the most beautiful Greek islands, the surreal scenery of Benitses must be seen to believed. In addition to some stunning views, the Roman villas and baths will allow you to delve into the island’s history. The resort boasts brilliant road links with the rest of the island meaning any day trips and sightseeing are hassle-free.
Although the resort has become a seasoned holiday destination, Benitses has retained its picturesque character and slow-paced way of life. With fine facilities from tavernas, to hotels, to wine bars to the beach, it’s a perfect destination for the whole family.
Just behind Benitses is a rocky mountain and there you’ll find Stavros, an endearing municipal district. The high ridge of Stavros allows for wonderful walks and the views you’re rewarded with are spectacular. You’re able to see everything and can spot all the attractions of Corfu Town - the new and old fortresses, Mouse Island and even the airport. Along the mountain track, you’ll discover a charming little chapel and numerous tavernas which are perfect for some relaxing refreshments and becoming acquainted with the locals.
Towards southern Benitses you will find Agioi Deka, built on the slopes of a mountain which is 576-metres high. The views from the mountain are truly enchanting and you’ll be able to see the beautiful bay of Garitsa and Lagoon of Chalikiopoulos. A picture opportunity if ever there was one. The whole of Agioi Deka is ideal for hiking and mountain biking and you might even stumble across the remains of some Venetian architecture on your way.
A traditional village lying among the hills, Gastouri is a very attractive area surrounded by greenery and beautiful churches. It is hugely popular with tourists thanks to the Palace of Achilleion taking up residency there. The village is littered with bijou hotels and guesthouses, souvenir shops, and restaurants serving some delectable food.
Hiking and biking
There are numerous trails leading away from Benitses to the mountain and each of these are accessible via foot or bike. Along the way, you will come across several churches, each with their own story to tell. You’ll be rewarded for trekking up the slopes with some stunning views at the peak.
Corfu Sea Museum
A visit to the Sea Museum is a must. Owned by a former diver, the museum exhibits a huge collection of shells, sponges, corals, fossils and stuffed large fish, one of the largest collections in the whole of the Mediterranean.
The Palace, located in Gastouri is a three-storey building that was constructed in the late 19th century by the Austro-Hungarian Empress Elisabeth also known as Sissy. The architecture of the building is a pleasant combination of both Doric and Ionic styles and statues of ancient gods and philosophers of the classical era can be found everywhere. It’s a favourite excursion among tourists to Benitses and upon visiting, you’ll soon see why.
The beach of Benitses
The beach of Benitses is simply splendid and like many beaches across Corfu, it hosts an EU Blue Flag award for its cleanliness. The pristine golden sands are perfect for laying back on and soaking up the Mediterranean heat. If the relaxing gets too much, why not take advantage of the water sports on offer, with purpose-built jetties and swimming platforms all around.
A 15-minute bus ride away are the Moraitika or Messonghi beaches, although these two serene sandy shores are next to each other, they are separated by the Messonghi River which leads straight into the see. The Messonghi beach is the quietest you’ll find so if you’re after some undisturbed sun bathing, this is the place to head.
As you’re visiting an island, fresh fish is popular on menus throughout Corfu and Benitses is no different. Red mullet, shrimps, octopus and lobster are favourites and are brought in fresh every morning. The fish is usually priced according to the weight so will be listed as euros per kilo, this is something to remember when ordering. The Greek salads as we know them at home have nothing on those served on the island; mixed with delicious feta and olives before being splashed with olive oil and vinegar, eating salad has never been tastier.
Restaurants of Benitses
The restaurants of Benitses are cheap yet authentic and offer all of the popular Greek and Mediterranean dishes that are a must try when on the island. Tavernas are considered the best places to eat due their friendly staff and relaxed atmospheres, plus, they’ll let you into the kitchen to see what fresh ingredients they have available. You can sample the best mojito you’ve ever tasted in any of the bars as you head for drink before the end of the night.
A cheap holiday to Benitses will be a great trip, whether you’re heading there as a family, as couple – young or old, or with a group of friends. If the relaxed atmosphere proves too tranquil, the nearby Corfu Town has lots of lively bars and clubs that will allow you to party until dawn. If you are after some peace and quiet, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better destination than Benitses. You can make some big savings when booking your flight and accommodation together with easyJet holidays and if Benitses doesn’t take your fancy, there several other resorts in Corfu that may tempt you.