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Corfu Travel Guide > Resorts Guide : Benitses Corfu

Benitses Corfu

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Benitses, Benitses, Corfu Resort Guide, Corfu Travel Guide
Benitses had a reputation for its liveliness - so if you are looking for nightlife you may be disappointed. Now, Benitses has returned to a sleepy fishing village with numerous tavernas and restaurants including a Chinese! The resort and town is about three quarters of a mile long, with mainly small restaurants and bars. Also an abundance of tourist type shops!

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Who is the Resort for, Benitses, Corfu Resort Guide, Corfu Travel Guide
Although there are a couple of lively bars, it is more for couples.

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The Benitses Beach, Benitses, Corfu Resort Guide, Corfu Travel Guide
Type
The beach is pebble and shingle which can make it difficult when getting in and out of the sea.
Sunbeds
The Benitses beach has sunbeds to hire for the day.
Facilities
Benitses is on of the Blue Flag Beaches of Corfu. Therefore it has all the necessary facilities such as showers, toilets, changing cabins, etc.

The Benitses Beach, Benitses, Corfu Resort Guide, Corfu Travel Guide
Child Suitability
The beach of Benitses is suitable for children. Just be aware that there is a busy main road just behind the beach.
Accessibility
The beach of Benitses is well accessible. It is just of the main road of Benitses.
Cleanliness and Urchins
The beach of Benitses is clean and there are no urchins.

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For those who are fit enough there is a well marked walk up into the hills to see the water springs. Well worth the effort - just to see the wildlife away from all the tourists! Be warned, take some water with you to drink because there are no shops up there! There is also a shell museum, on display are shells obviously, and a large assortment of sea urchins and stuffed fish.

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In Benitses you can find the remains of an ancient Roman bath. As you walk along the 'taverna strip' look out for the signs for the Roman bath. The bath is pretty much hidden behind a row of houses. If you feel you are entering somebodies backyard...you are right.

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There are a few boat trips from the main harbour most days and a speed boat taxi to corfu town.

Places Nearby, Benitses, Corfu Resort Guide, Corfu Travel Guide
The airport runway is a short bus ride away where you can stand on the cause way which runs only a hundred meters from the end of the runway but remember to duck when the planes land as they do come over very low! Mouse island is also close by. It is very photogenic for keen photographers. Messonghi and Morratika are about four kilometers south of Benitses.
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Benitses Accommodation, Benitses, Corfu Resort Guide, Corfu Travel Guide
There are a couple of large hotels in Benitses. Also a several small hotels as well as rooms to let are located in Benitses.
Why not consider a luxury villa, house or apartment. Just check out the Corfu Properties for Rent.

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Tavernas in Benitses, Benitses, Corfu Resort Guide, Corfu Travel Guide
There are a good selection of all types of restaurants as well as a Chinese -which is up a back street. There are a few bars some open until very late. Of note are the two internet cafes. One is called 'Connections' offering a professional pool table, play station two and internet for an hourly rate as well as low rate international calls.

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Bars and Nightclubs in Benitses, Benitses, Corfu Resort Guide, Corfu Travel Guide
Benitses is filled with Bars and Nightclubs. It has everything for a long night out.

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in Benitses you can find pedaloes and canoes, and further down towards Messonghi you can hire a speedboat.

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Shopping in Benitses, Benitses, Corfu Resort Guide, Corfu Travel Guide
There are numerous shops of any kind such as gift shops, jewelry shops, etc.


Supermarkets
There are several supermarkets in Benitses. You will find anything you might need.

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Exchange/Money
There are several cash machines on the main road of Benitses. You are also able to exchange money or cash traveller' cheques in most of the tourist shops along the main road.
Public Swimming Pools in Benitses
There are a couple of pool bars along the Benitses strip. One of them is the 'Barracuda Pool Bar'.
Telephone and Post Box
Along the main road and along the beach a several public card phones. Also there is a number of post boxes along the Benitses strip.

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Internet
Of note are the two internet cafes. One is called 'Connections' offering a professional pool table, play station two and internet for an hourly rate as well as low rate international calls.
Children's Facilities
There are no children's facilities such as.
Disabled Facilities
Benitses is quite flat and therefore good accessible. Unfortunately there are no disabled facilities.
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Topic Topic: Bars In Benitses
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Posted: 16 Sep 2018 at 9:52pm
Hiya,
I have been looking at Benitses for next year as a change from Messonghi,  Yeah I don't travel far from "home"!).

Thing is, I holiday alone now , and would like to find a cosy bar, where I could sit outside listening to good music, and be able to "people watch" if there is no one around to chat to. I am thinking of staying at Argo Studios, and would probably eat there most evenings, but I do like to have a meal beside the sea at sunset, any ideas on traditional tavernas by the beach or seafront would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Jackie
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Posted: 25 Jun 2018 at 7:35am
I think it may be the festival of St Spyridon which is 11th August. List of festivals below:

The Feasts in Corfu
All the most important festivals and events of Corfu have religious connotations.
Orthodox religion (almost all the population) and Christianity (only 4% of the population) form the basis of Corfiots' culture and the major holidays are associated with the worship of Christ or the commemoration of the Patron.

Festivals and events
The town festivals and the holy days are numerous in Corfu island.
Down here you will see the dates of the most important summer festivals.
- Beginning of May: Orthodox Easter, so beautiful to be famous in all Greece
- First Friday after Easter: town festival in Paleokastritsa
- 8 May and 15 August: festival in Kassiopi with the celebration of the Virgin

- 9 June: festivals in Alikes of Potamo, Petalia, Zigo, Potamo
- 12 June: St. Onofrio's Day celebration in Pelekas
- 24 June: Festival of the Holy Spirit, town festivals in Kontokali, Stavro, Arghirades, Kastellani of Mesi, Antiperni and Othoni
- 29 June: Saints Peter and Paul. Festivals in Kombitsi, Stronghili and Vitalades. In the main town of Paxos island (Gaios) there are great celebrations in honor of Saint Gaios

- 2 July: Madonna of Vlacherena. Procession in Garitsa. Festivals in Garitsa, Acharavi, Kamara and Fontana on Paxos island
- 8 July: Celebration of Saint Prokopios with relative festivals in the villages of Kavos, Lefkimnis and Aghios Prokopios
- 13 July: Festival in Saint Rocco square in honor of S. Spyridonas
- 17 July: St. Marina. Festivals in Benitses, Spartera, Avliotes
- 20 July: Festival of Elia Prophet in Magoulades

- 6 August: Church festival held in commemoration of the Transfiguration of Jesus in Pontikonisi, Perivoli, Strinilia, Evropuli, Paleochori, A. Deka and Aghios Mattheos with many days of pilgrimage (1-6 August) on the top of Pantokratoras mountain
- 11 August, first Sunday of November, Palm Sunday and Holy Saturday: In these four days the relics of the Saint are carried in procession along the streets of the city where the festival is being celebrated, accompanied by the most important musical bands of the island.
- 16 August: Three days of celebrations in Kato Garuna
- 23 August: Festival of the Virgin Odighitria in the villages of Gastouri, Pelekas and Aghii Deka

Corfu
- 8 September: Town festival in Afra, Marathia, Aghio Marko, Potami of Lefkimmi and Sinarades.
- 14 September: feast of the Cross in the monastery of Saint Ioanni in Sidari.
- 24 September: " Mirtidiotissa". Festival in Vato.
- 26 September: St. James theologian. Festivals in Karussades and Remunda.

Name day
In Corfù, as in the rest of Greece, the name day is more important than the birthday.
The choice of personal names is important for Greeks, in fact they always give to the new babies the names of the grandparents in their memory.
Moreover the name days are well-known since the Greek names are all present in the calendar as names of Saints, while is more difficult to remember all the birthdays.
For this reason everybody, in their name day, prepare a banquet for those who will pay a visit to give wishes.



Carnival
Carnival exist since antiquity and at the beginning was a festival in honour of Bacchus, the God of wine, in order to pray to have a rich harvest.
Later the Venetian domination contributed to change the customs of Corfu and to introduce the masks, the coloration of faces with ash and new characters like the dotori (doctors), the nodari (notary) and the muzeta (musetti).
Today the carnival is truly felt, the floats are prepared months and months before and people dressed in clothing characteristic of past and present of Corfu island.

The Carnival in Kerkyra consist of:
- Rehearsal parade of floats through the city on the first Sunday, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son
- The last Thursday before Lent (Tsichnopempti) is dedicated to gorge oneself with meat before the period of Lent
- The last Thursday of Carnival, in the old city, there is the traditional ritual of "Petegolia" that consists of seeing women appear at the windows buzzing in dialect about all the Corfiot events.
The event is accompanied by music and songs.
- The official parade takes place the last Sunday and is called the parade of "Sir Carnival".
Sir Carnival is the bringer of all ills and misfortunes in the year just past, so at the end of the parade, he is burnt in retribution to launch then dances, songs and amusements.

During the Carnival there are also two local rites:
- The "dance of priests" takes place the last Sunday of Carnival in the main square of Episkepsi, which is a village in the north part of the island and little more south than Acharavi.
This rite would go back to 500 B.C. and it is a dance without music in which the men of the village, in order of age or role in the community, follow the Pope who has opened the dancing.Corfu carnival
The verses sung first by the Pope and then gradually by all the men give the dance its rhythm.
At the end the old women join playing and dancing together with the men.
- the carnival wedding is a rite still present today in Klimatia, Chlomo, Marathia, Kritika and Iannades (once it was present in all the villages of the island).
It takes place the last Sunday of Carnival and consists of the celebration of a wedding with both bride and groom men and the dangerous presence of the demon in the form of satyr. The reason of the two men is that in the past the women could not celebrate the festivity.
During all the celebration the inhabitants of the town make fun of themselves and joke using vulgar language.


Orthodox Easter
The Easter of Corfu is famous in all Greece because there is a big festival in the old city with music, dances, banquets and naturally religious celebrations.
In Corfu Catholics and orthodox celebrate the Easter together since 1964, when the catholic bishop of Corfu demanded it and got a positive response by the Holy See.
Below there are the most important days of the paschal period with all that happens on the island and particularly in the old town.

Corfu
Palm Sunday
It is one of the days dedicated to the Saint patron of the island.
In memory of the miraculous actions that saved Corfu and its inhabitants from the plague, his relics are carried along the streets of the city starting from the church of Saint Spyridonas and following the line where once there were the walls of the city.

Holy Wednesday
Since 1989, on Holy Wednesday, there is the concert of the Communal Chorus in the theatre of the city.
Obviously there is ecclesiastic music to create a moment of union for the community.

Holy Thursday
In the Catholic Cathedral of the old town there is a reading of the Gospels during which the twelve candles that were lit at the beginning of the service are put out one by one.

Holy Friday
Music is everywhere because it's played by the bands during the processions that leave from every church of the island.
The aim of the processions is to carry the Epitaph of own parish along the roads of the quarter, all that accompanied by the music of the bands.
So it's possible to listen along the roads of Corfu the Adagio of Albinoni, the Funeral March of Verdi and that of Chopin.
The processions do not begin all at the same time, indeed they are distributed along the afternoon and the evening in order to allow the several bands of the city to attend more processions; the first one start from the new fortress and the last one from the Mitropolis.


Corfu
Holy Saturday
This day is rich of events:
- in the morning, in the Church of Our Lady of Strangers, there is the reproduction of the earthquake that followed the resurrection of Christ
- the procession of Saint Spyridonas that starts from the homonymous church
- the celebration of Resurrection
- the ritual of "Botides" that consist of throwing from the windows earthenware jugs full of water.
In the evening there are the church services, first the catholic and then the orthodox one that takes place not inside the church but outside.
When the Pope announces the God resurrection everybody lights own candle and suddenly the Spianada lights up.
At the end of the ceremony there are the fireworks and the bands play walking for the roads of the city while all the inhabitants celebrate finishing the fast with sweets and wine.
Sunday and Easter Monday
Sunday morning, in the old town, there are still processions with the icon of the Christ resurrection, while Monday they bring in procession the standard and the cross of own church.
Finally everybody celebrates with own family having a lunch with meat, lamb on a spit and "avgolemono" soup.

Corfu
Sunday and Easter Monday
Sunday morning, in the old town, there are still processions with the icon of the Christ resurrection, while Monday they bring in procession the standard and the cross of own church.
Finally everybody celebrates with own family having a lunch with meat, lamb on a spit and "avgolemono" soup.

Saint Spyridonas, Saint Patron of Corfu
St. Spyridonas is the Saint Patron of Corfu island and for this reason he is celebrated, prayed and acclaimed by Corfiots.
Their relationship with the Saint is very close because they see him like their saviour, they feel him like one of them, a real defender. Saint Spyridonas, Saint Patron of Corfu
Saint Spyridonas was born in Cyprus, he is not Corfiot and he never lived on the island; he arrived in Corfu only after his death because Georgios Kalocheretis carried here his relics.
His relics are considered the reason for which the island was saved from the Turks, the plague and the famine.
For these miracles Saint Spyridonas was proclaimed patron of Corfu.
In the old town there is a church dedicated to his memory that contains his relics.
Spyridonas is celebrated four times by Corfiots, in order to commemorate the four miracles that he has performed for the islanders:
- Palm Sunday to remember that in 1630 he has saved the island from the plague; his relics leave from the church of Saint Spyiridonas and go around the old town along its walls.
- Holy Saturday, there is a procession in memory of the escaped famine of 1550
- The first Sunday of November, there is a commemoration for the salvation from the plague in 1673
- 11 August, there is a procession in memory of victory against the Turks in 1716.

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Topic Topic: Ryanair 2017
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Posted: 29 Apr 2017 at 10:09am
Hi Sue I only reserved a seat out 2A left side and not one back just priority boarding. I always try to get a left hand/side seat out as I know the flight path (nearly always) so I can look out the window and see Petriti (sometimes) but always Messonghi/Moraitika/Benitses going into the airport . On the way back any seat will do (sad)
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Posted: 16 Jan 2016 at 12:26pm
Here are the answers i have of the Quiz.
1.   Nice            Ermones
2.   Argo            Benitses
3.   Foros           Old Perithia
4.   Stylia           Karousades
5.   Tragos         Kassiopi
6.   Easy Busy     Agios Georgios N
7.   Face            Kavos
8.   Old Tree       Ipsos
9.   Fuego          Acharavi
10. Ammos        Arillas
11. Vitamins       Nissaki
12. Akamatra     Corfu Town
13. O2               Gouvia
14. Barcode?       Lefkimmi
15. Aigli             Argos (The spoiler)
16. Tram?           Corfu town
17. Pyramid         St. Spiridon
18. Nerieds          Paleokastritsa
19. Arjee Bhajee   Kritika
20. Levanda         Kassiopi.

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Posted: 14 Jan 2016 at 7:04pm
Good.
2= /Benitses 10 =Arillas Just need.

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Posted: 14 Jan 2016 at 5:19pm
1.   Nice?
2.   Argo            Gouvia/Benitses
3.   Foros           Old Perithia
4.   Stylia           Karousades
5.   Tragos         Kassiopi
6.   Easy Busy?
7.   Face            Sidari
8.   Old Tree?
9.   Fuego          Acharavi
10. Ammos        Arillas/Agios Georgios North
11. Vitamins       Nissaki
12. Akamatra     Corfu Town
13. O2               Gouvia
14. Barcode?
15. Aegli             Corfu Town
16. Tram?
17. Pyramid         St. Spiridon
18. Nerieds          Paleokastritsa
19. Arjee Bhajee   Kavos
20. Levanda         Kassiopi



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Topic Topic: Easter In Messonghi?
Forum: Messonghi and Moraitika
olympus

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Posted: 21 Oct 2015 at 11:49pm
Hi Jackie, most of the Greek Orthodox churches have Easter services. Moraitika is nice, up in the old village. They hold a service Easter Saturday evening, then people congregate outside the church.
Benitses is nice too. They have singing and fireworks.
If you are on the beach at midnight in Messonghi or Moraitika, you can see the fireworks in Corfu town.   Smile

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Posted: 10 Aug 2015 at 10:16am
Yes there are several- personal favourite is Akroyiali...also easy access to Benitses and Moraitika.
I swim from the beach there every day, chat to people, and have not heard any complaints about the hotel, a friend organised a small conference there in May and was very impressed by the hotel.

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Posted: 23 Jul 2015 at 4:22pm
26th July  panagyri Vraganiotika
10th August   panagyri  Stroggyli

Both near for those in Moraitika, Messonghi and Agios Georgios south- and not too far from Benitses and Agios Gordios

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Posted: 14 Jul 2015 at 10:17am
17.7 big panagyri (Ag. Marina) in Benitses
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Posted: 09 Jul 2015 at 6:15pm
11/07/15 Traditional Greek dancing festival. Pelekas.
17/07/15 International Folk Dance Meeting. Corfu Town Square. 9.00pm.
17/07/15 Festival of Agia Marina (patron Saint of Benitses) in Benitses.
18/07/15 International Folk Dance Meeting. Sinies. 9.00pm.

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Topic Topic: Help!! Which Resort To Choose?
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Posted: 25 Jun 2015 at 4:15am
!!!update!!! I have cancelled the room in Benitses and booked the Golden Nests in Agios Gordios, managed to book for 2 adults and 10 year old £514 total! Hope I've done the right thing, this one has a pool we can use next door, the main thing was the sea view!
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Posted: 24 Jun 2015 at 3:29am
First of all I would like to thank everyone for all your help and suggestions. I have finally booked somewhere. I really wanted a quick transfer time in the end so this is what ruled the decision. Unfortunately most of the places you recommended are fully booked. Agios Gordios looks amazing, but could not find anything within my budget and a lot are booked. So I have had to book Benitses and no one has even mentions this ! ha ha. I am just so happy to be back in Greece that if I have my Greek salad, kalamari, tzatziki and of course Gyros, that is me sorted. Once again thank you and Kala nikta
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Posted: 18 Apr 2015 at 7:51pm
Lucylou suggest going topless in one of the small coves, no problem there and plenty either side of the village- main beach in Benitses is alongside the main road and people don't particularly enjoy seeing anyone topless there - with or without additions!
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Posted: 18 Apr 2015 at 5:33pm
I also have pierced nipples and want to go topless. Would be grateful for any info as I don't want pointed
at on the beach. Going to Benitses for first time in 8 weeks, can't wait. Lucy
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Topic Topic: How Many Restaurants Will Be Open At This Time?
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Posted: 27 Feb 2015 at 9:14am
Wolfie308,
Archontiko in Chlomotiana is currently open Saturdays from 6pm with live music an Sundays from 12 noon.
Big Bite, Benitses is open all day/evening except for Tuesdays.
KafeSas Too, St. George South is open for Sunday lunches.
The Apple, St. George South currently open Friday and Saturday evenings.
Caldera Lounge, Moraitika beach is currently open weekends.

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Posted: 12 Feb 2015 at 11:00am
12/02/15 Tsiknopemti (Smoke Thursday). Traditionally the last day to eat meat before Easter Sunday.
25/03/15 Greek Independence Day/Greek Orthodox Annunciation Celebration.   
23/02/15 Katheri Theftera (Clean Monday). First day of Lent with traditional picnics and kite flying.
01/05/15 May Day/Labour Day. Celebration of Spring/Celebration of workers. Panegyris in many villages.
20/05/15 Panegyri/Festival Agios Martinos.
21/05/15 Ascension Festival in Arillas. Tradiitional dancing, food and local beers.
21/05/15 Panegyri/Festival in Nymfes, Loustri, Gimari possibly many more as this is a major celebration. 
24/05/15 Panegyri/Festival in Kato Korakiana. Churchyard of St. Helens Church.
31/05/15 Traditional dance display. Acharavi in Town Hall Square.
01/06/15 Panegyri/Festival in Linia.
14/06/15 Panegyri/Festival in Rachtades.
23/06/15 St. John's Eve (Klidonas) Fire jumping in many villages.
01/07/15 Panegyri/Festivals in Avliotes, Kanoni, Garitsa.
02/07/15 Panegyri/Festival in Petriti.
07/07/15 Panegyri/Festival in Peroulades.
08/07/15 Panegyri/Festival in Kavos.
11/07/15 Traditional Greek dancing festival. Pelekas.
11/07/15 Megalo panegyri in Acharavi.
17/07/15 International Folk Dance Meeting. Corfu Town Square.
17/07/15 Festival of Agia Marina (patron Saint of Benitses) in Benitses.
17/07/15 Panegyri in Gazakita.                  
18/07/15 International Folk Dance Meeting. Sinies.
25/07/15 Pie festival in Gimari.
26/07/15 Panegyi/Festival in Vraganiotika, Neochoraki Lafki, Loustres and Velonades.
27/07/15 Panegyri/Festival in Vitalades and Kato Garouna.
01/08/15 Sardine Festival at Pentati. Panegyri/Festial in Moraitika.
01/08/15 and 02/08/15 Panegyri/Festival Roda/Acharavi. Main road near BP garage.
01/08/15 and 02/08/15. Antamoma Festival in Arillas.
01/08/15 Meeting of traditional dance groups in Kassiopi.
06/08/15 Panegyri/Festival in Makrades.
07/08/15 St. Spyridon/Perithia varkarola.
08/08/15 Varkarola Festival in Paleokastritsa. Celebrates the miracle of St. Spyridon/Odysseus. 
08/08/15 Panegryri/Festival in Marathias.
09/08/15 Varkarola and choir meeting in Kassiopi.
10/08/15 Panegyri/Festival in Strongili South.
11/08/15 St. Spyridons day. Procession in Corfu Town.
15/08/15 Festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Church processions, panegyris in many villages.
16/08/15 Panegyri/Festival in Kavadades.
17/08/15 Sardine Festival in Benitses.
22/08/15 Panegyri/Festival in Linea.
23/08/15 Corfu Dance Festival in Arillas, held 23-28th August 2015.
26/08/15 Wine festival in Gouvia.
23/08/15 Festival of Virgin Odigitrias in Pentati.
04/09/15 Festival/Panegyri in Platonas.
05/09/15 Arillas wine festival.
05/09/15 Loustri pie festival.
05/09/15 Festival/Panegyri Vraganiotika.
12/09/15 Kavadades wine festival.
13/09/15 Kassiopi wine festival.
24/09/15 Monastery of St. John, Agios Ioannis, Karousades. Entertainment and games by CREART.
25/09/15 Monastery of St. John, Agios Ioannis, Karousades. Karousades Philharmonic Orchestra.
26/09/15 Monastery of St. John, Agios Ioannis, Karousades. Panegyri/Festival.
26/09/15 Festival/Panegyri in Myrtiotissa.
07/10/15 - 10/10/15 Corfu Beer Festival in Arillas. Corfu meets Italy.(CANCELLED)
10/10/15 Beer festival in Arillas for just one day. CANCELLED. Adverse weather.

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Topic Topic: Sad News Today
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Carolj51

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Posted: 18 Jan 2015 at 4:17pm
Such sad news. First met Alan 22 years ago in Kouloura and saw him most years until recently.  We last saw him about 5 years ago sharing a bit of lunch with him at Agni. Then lost touch.  We didn't know he had moved to Benitses and feel so sad as we spent three days there last year and had we known we could have looked him up. Thank you for posting this Bob.


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Posted: 17 Jan 2015 at 8:46pm

Looking back to the times we spent with Alan, he came and stayed with us for a couple of weeks to varnish all our new roof timber before it was installed. Being Alan, when finished, he had to calculate the area of all the varnished timbers, four coats all round. Then calculated that it was twice the area of the house.
He came to UK one winter for a short visit and stayed off and on with us for three months.
As far as we now, he leaves a grown up daughter, unfortunately we have no contact details for her.
Some members may know Alan without realising, he lived aboard his Red catamaran Overdraght 2, many years ago moored in Agni bay, then later in the marina at Gouvia, and latterly Benitses harbour.
Bob.

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Posted: 17 Jan 2015 at 2:56pm
From the Grapevine.
I have just seen a report that our dear friend Alan Robertson, has died at Benitses.
His body was removed from the harbour by the fire brigade and confirmed as him by the coroner.
His Christmas card only arrived the other day.
God bless Al.
Love Bob and Wendy.
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Topic Topic: Resorts
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
Corfu 1976

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Posted: 20 Nov 2014 at 10:47pm
Hi Sue,
Wish I had found this forum before I booked for Corfu. I am celebrating my 60th and am travelling with a group of 10 girlfriends. We are going for the first week in June, I booked Villa Nikolas in Agni Bay as it had twin bedrooms which suits us and also for the lovely views and the sea for swimming and the tavernas on the beach, but I am a bit worried now that it will be too isolated. We won't hire cars, we like our vino with our meals in the evening and will probably have a couple of glasses at lunchtime and wouldn't want to drive. 
I wanted to book somewhere for dinner one of the evenings preferably with some Greek music to celebrate my birthday, I did see that Tavernas Nicolas has George a Bazooki Player, do you happen to know if he plays some nights or every night. I am trying to keep the cost for the meal a bit reasonable as I am paying for the villa, is there anywhere else you would suggest. Do you know anything about the cost of taxis from Agni to the nearest town/supermarket. Would it be Kalami or Kassiopi? 
I was in Corfu last Easter but stayed in Corfu town as it was off season and we visited Kassiopi for the day, it was the first time I had been in that part of Corfu. I recommended the Hotel Melina in Kassiopi to friends who went in June, it was being renovated while I was there last April but I just thought the setting was lovely and the hotel looked very nice, they absolutely loved it. I previously went as a 21 year old to Benitses before it became commercialised, fell in love with Greece then! I have been back to different parts of Greece a few times since then. I have about a hundred questions!  Do you know of any taxi company that would have a large minibus we could phone when there to bring us out at night time. Do you think that any of the tavernas (I believe they have water taxis) would bring us from Agni to Kassiopi or Kalami (I know its usually the other way around), we will of course eat in the tavernas in Agni too. I am so excited!!  Annemarie      

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Topic Topic: Where To Stay 2015?
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Posted: 19 Oct 2014 at 11:12pm
Looking for a change in 2015. Stayed in Moriatika 4 times and Benitses once enjoyed both places, anybody got any suggestions for us? Thanks for any help.
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Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
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Posted: 13 Oct 2014 at 3:00pm
You will also be able to refuel in Paleokastritsa (I can't recall excess to a pump though) Beyond that, on the west coast you may be struggling on the west coast as refuges are few and far between.

You will be able to get fuel in Lakka (Paxos) and I think that there are fuel facilities in Petriti. After that, I think your next refuge is Benitses.

A useful guide would Rod Heikell's Sailing Guide to the Ionion; this gives the location of all harbours and facilities in the area. (Sorry, don't have one to hand at the moment.)

Martyn
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janmanessi

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Posted: 15 Sep 2014 at 5:21pm
St Georges South, Messonghi or Benitses would probably suit you perfectly.
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Topic Topic: Village Festivals/Panegyris 2013/14
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Posted: 01 Aug 2014 at 3:28pm

Benitses events in August- all taking place in the marina

August 16th, mandolin concert and souvlaki

August 17th sardine festival

August 26th rock concert

Thanks Jan Manessi. x


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Posted: 24 Jul 2014 at 11:11am
There's a lot of secret car parking places in Benitses...makes it easy even when Ag. Marina.

Did you go to the taverna nearest the wetlands sanctuary? It looks closed but she usually has eggs from her chickens and delicious chips!

What was your seminar about? Did you use the beautiful lecture theatre at the salt flats, or, even better, the open air one...with flamingoes strutting their stuff in the distance - magic?

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Posted: 22 Jul 2014 at 11:54am
Just back from Alikos, (its down near Lefkimi) shallow sandy beach with warm sea. Not much there to do except chill in an old fashioned way, two tavernas one at each end of the beach, with a few holiday apartments, studios and rooms, and that's about it.
Our teachers, musicians and pupils were scattered around in various locations, but all seemed pleased.
The seminar consisted of 2 to 3 hours teaching in the morning, then another 2 hours from 6pm, followed by anything up to 5 hours free dance after dinner, in other words some fools hardly went to bed but made up for it by sleeping during the day.
Most of the group have now moved on to Macedonia to finish the seminar.
We were a very mixed bunch with attendees from as far afield as Australia and USA, France, and Belgium, one Russian, one Cypriot, one Swiss and three English.
Happy days, I hope they repeat for next year, and that I'm fit enough to attend.
By the way, as well as all that, we attended two panigieri, one in Benitses and the other the other side of Kavos. We preferred the latter, Benitses was just off the main drag, so parking was a lunatic asylum, but well attended for all that.
Bob.   
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janmanessi

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Posted: 19 Jun 2014 at 3:39pm
Just for the record Benitses Chicken George is no more- now an Italian restaurant- but the old Avra on the beach has reopened.
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Posted: 19 Jun 2014 at 1:07am
Why not nip down to Benitses. Lot's of beachfront restaurants, or dine at Chicken George. It's on the beach, swim and relax.
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Posted: 15 May 2014 at 3:13am
One was from AG South and the other from Benitses from people staying there.
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Is it possible when a new member signs up to the site to withhold the first post IE Topic awaiting approval. to Avoid this.
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Topic Topic: Benitsis And Corfu Town April
Forum: Benitses
janmanessi

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Posted: 28 Mar 2014 at 3:25am
Did you mean to eat? 

If so huge choice in Corfu Town offering lovely Lent food (fantastic vegetable dishes in places like Chryssomalli (just behind the Liston).

In Benitses at lunchtime Paxinos is open- delicious food there, I love their artichokes with peas and potatoes, cigarelli (spicy vegetables), and they also have meat dishes.

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Topic Topic: What Is Behind Main Street
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Posted: 24 Mar 2014 at 3:54am
Do you mean in Messonghi or Benitses? If the former there really is only the one street, but Benitses goes back up the hill.  The old village is very pretty, contains 2 main churches, and some more tavernas. From there you can walk up to the Victorian waterworks above the village.

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Topic Topic: Where To Have Lunch In Benitses
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Posted: 24 Mar 2014 at 3:33am
Not sure if I've already posted this, excuse me!

Going to Messonghi again this year and would like to have a late lunch one day in Benitses, could anyone suggest a nice taverns please.

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Topic Topic: Agios Gordis Versus Messonghi
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janmanessi

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Posted: 02 Mar 2014 at 4:01am
I would go for Messonghi- some tavernas along road to Boukari have been open at weekends all winter, and there will be much more life round there as Corfiots go out to this area, whereas I doubt if many would go to the west coast to somewhere which is basically a beach resort.

Also bus service is not only to Corfu town, you can go south explore the Lefkimi area- the flamingoes should be there- and for walking the areas round Chlomos, or Corissia, cannot be improved on.

Buses start and finish in Corfu town- there are few cross island routes- you could actually walk from one to the other through the olive groves (I live in Benitses and had two guests who used to walk to Agios Gordios for a swim- 2 and a half hours each way they told me)

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Posted: 01 Mar 2014 at 7:13am
Hi Jollys, Messonghi / Moraitika is a great place to stay early or late season. You can walk down to Boukari, sit in a taverna by the sea (some are open then) or walk a little further, if you are feeling energetic!
Some places are open in Moraitika.. a couple of Bars, Popeyes, for food.. 2 or 3 supermarkets.
You can catch different buses, at Moraitika roundabout.. get on one going south, to go to St George south, Agirades, Kavos, Lefkimmi, etc.
Or catch one towards town for Benitses, Town, etc.
All in all.. are great place to stay, with endless walks & possible bus trips.  Wink


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Topic Topic: There Is More To Corfu Than Kassiopi
Forum: General Corfu Holiday Questions
olympus

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014 at 5:14am
Hi Sedgi, you are right.. what about.. Moraitika, Messonghi, Boukari, St George South, Benitses etc. I think it's probably because Kassiopi is pushed onto holidaymakers in the travel agents. I know it's a lovely place, but as you say.. there is a lot more to see on this beautiful Island!! 
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Topic Topic: Easter In Messonghi?
Forum: Messonghi and Moraitika
olympus

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Posted: 30 Nov 2013 at 11:59am
Hi Jackie, 
Easter in Messonghi/Moraitika is lovely! But, you would find it very quiet, if you are only used to going in high season. Nothing much would be open in Messonghi, maybe 3k's supermarket, but not sure.
Moraitika is a little busier. Popeyes is open for meals, by the roundabout. There are a few bars open in Moraitika, that are open all year round.
Buses run quite regularly, up until the main Easter days, when there are big celebrations in town. 
Benitses have a nice `Easter Saturday` evening celebration, with fireworks, if you don`t want to travel into town. 
Supermarkets are open in Moraitika, Dimitra, Coop, etc.. but close Saturday lunchtime.
One or two of the tavernas in Boukari are open and it's lovely to sit there, by the sea, before the tourist season starts! If you are wanting somewhere buzzing with life it's not going to happen, but a laid-back, Messonghi/Moraitika, just awakening from their winter hibernation, is worth experiencing..   Smile

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Posted: 12 Nov 2013 at 12:36pm
We did Greek Easter this year. That is a brilliant video, and brings back loads of memories. It is the first time we have been for Easter, and that early to Corfu. The island is so different from summer or late season.
We stayed as usual in Benitses, at Argo, and took part in all the celebrations there. We did get the first bus into town on the Saturday. We thought we were early, but it was already packed.
We got a spot opposite the McDonalds, just where the main pot throwing is. We saw all the processions and St Spiridon and then the pot throwing at 11am. It was  packed but you really need be there to see it. The entire green and cricket pitch right up to the castle gets packed. Spiridon is paraded right round the road and back into town from the other end.
We shared the soup. Got to be tried!! and had spit roast lamb on the Sunday.

The weather was lovely, but it was a later Easter, May, and managed to stretch the break to take in my birthday.
I'm sure you will enjoy it.
Jeff

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Posted: 21 Sep 2013 at 6:07pm
We had a very good Chinese meal in a lovely restaurant in Benitses we really enjoyed it, it is well sign posted on the way into the old, we would recommend it.
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Posted: 16 Sep 2013 at 7:30pm
Janmanessi, your last post made me laugh!  That's the one thing that we always had to be conscious of as well. Our relatives own restaurants in Benitses and we always had to make sure that we went to their place at least once, during our stay. Still, I felt guilty if I ate somewhere other than their restaurants.
 
Our family absolutely LOVED La Pergola. Their pizza is, by far, the BEST in Benitses as far as I'm concerned.
 
Honeslty, I love Benitses the way it is and wouldn't want the village to change. We did spend our evenings at Connections and it was great. Maybe next time we'll pop in at Potomaki. We did stop to see what was going on some evenings but we never actually sat down to watch the shows. 

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Topic Topic: Mozzies & Humidity
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Posted: 15 Sep 2013 at 8:27pm
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Just back from three weeks in Benitses, took all the usual precautions tropical strength DEET, Skin So Soft cream, vitaminB1, fly spray etc. and at the last count I had 40+bites! Can only presume that the high humidity was maybe the reason that none of the precautions worked.
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Sounds like me, I got recommended ABC tea tree body products and oil- Ive used the last 3 years, as well as all of the above products and when I got back on Thursday from Kassiopi I only had 3!

It's not cheap but its worth it in my opinion, and after a while I couldn't smell it.
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Posted: 14 Sep 2013 at 9:23pm
Just back from three weeks in Benitses, took all the usual precautions tropical strength DEET, Skin So Soft cream, vitaminB1, fly spray etc. and at the last count I had 40+bites! Can only presume that the high humidity was maybe the reason that none of the precautions worked.
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Posted: 14 Sep 2013 at 9:17pm
Just back from three wonderful weeks in Benitses and my personal opinion is I would hate for there to be a Karaoke Bar there, and for such a small place I think the choice of eating places is good. The food at the place we stay is superb Pergola is very good for Italian food & the Greek specialities on offer in the other Tavernas is also good. We have been staying in Benitses for the last 8 years always at about the same time & we love the fact that we see the same faces, we feel that it is more of a village than a resort.
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Posted: 28 Aug 2013 at 6:45pm
The family and I just returned home after 7 wonderful weeks in Benitses and while I absolutely love the village, I wish for a couple of changes:
1)  Other than La Pergola, Flower Garden and Kavouras Pizza, every other restaurant seems pretty much the same, offering the same fare - souvlaki, pastitsada, gemistes, fish, etc... I'd love to see the addition of maybe a Mexican and German restaurant just to mix things up, although I do understand that when people come to Greece, they're there to enjoy Greek food.
 
2)  A small nightclub of some kind would be nice. Not necessarily a disco but maybe a little dancing...some karaoke, etc.  The nights are soooo quiet. I'd rather stay in Benitses than have to drive to Moraitika or somewhere else for a little lively entertainment. (Buddies Wine Bar in Moraitika is FANTASTIC and the prices are way cheaper than in Benitses). 
 
Overall, though, Benitses is my home away from home so I'll always keep coming back. I would just like to see a bit more variety.

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Posted: 23 Aug 2013 at 11:22pm
Think you will really enjoy Benitses, has all that your looking for, especially the good food, try the Argo in the old village for great hospitality and food!! I find a Deet based spray pretty good for mossies and an anti histamine tab daily.
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Posted: 20 Aug 2013 at 11:41am
That's good to know.  As I said we don't know Benitses.  We've been to the north before but just wanted somewhere quiet where we can chill out.  Our last two holidays have been cruising as I wasn't allowed to fly for a short while, but they weren't restful and I am only partially mobile.  We want sun, sea and good food Big smile and our decision to holiday in Corfu was made on a cruise stop over last year when we were lunching in Corfu Town 
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Posted: 19 Aug 2013 at 11:10pm
Pantazis Studios.  First time we have been to Benitses


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Posted: 03 Aug 2013 at 2:48pm
Yep, till see lamp chops available.

Benitses sardine festival  is also tonight.

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Posted: 23 Jul 2013 at 11:02am
We watched the lightning from Benitses Elliemay, and friends on the boat in Erikoussa were soaked, said it was like a monsoon!
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Posted: 07 Jul 2013 at 2:26pm

Go stay in Benitses, not far from Corfu town, so, handy for your ferry


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Posted: 01 Jul 2013 at 12:30am
Hi Bezzer, was also in Benitses 82, enjoyed that holiday, my first time to Greece. Fell in love with Corfu, visited a few Greek islands since but none ever matched Corfu. I think we went to Benitses in 83 then discovered Kassiopi in the late 80's and only ever stayed there since. Fantastic place, I am sure you will enjoy. We are going again this year.
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Posted: 29 Jun 2013 at 11:06pm
Hi I know we will love the place, we have done nearly all the Greek islands over the past 20 odd years and the last time I went to corfu was summer of 82 to Benitses and cant really remember that much about it except it was hot, so roll on 5th August.
yammas.
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Topic Topic: Sky Sports (Rugby Union) In Corfu Town
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Posted: 27 Jun 2013 at 6:09pm
Bora Bora in Benitses was advertising showing it- there may well be others nearer town though
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Topic Topic: Amazing Stay In Hotel Benitses Arches
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Posted: 22 Jun 2013 at 10:27am
The beach is a mixture of sand and shingle- very safe for children.  There is a playground in the village too.
 
Certainly there are plenty of children in the village- a number of small bilingual ones too who your 6 year old may meet.  They usually come out to play when it gets cooler, around 8pm
 
It is a great base for exploring the island too, as it is on the local bus route to Corfu Town (No. 6).
 
Benitses Arches, Argo Apartments, and others have pools which people are welcome to use, some charge a few pence, others are happy if you buy a drink at the bar.

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Posted: 22 Jun 2013 at 3:55am
So nice you found a great place to stay.
Today we booked another hotel in Benitses but I am worrying about the beach and how suitable it is for kids. We have two, one is 1 and other 6. Would you help please and send your opinion? Also, are there kids in the village or it is more for travelers without kids? Hope it is good for us as well, and I am happy we are going to Corfu for the first time. Thanks


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Topic Topic: Sinarades Travel Or Other?
Forum: Agios Gordios
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Posted: 19 Jun 2013 at 2:56pm
We used Sinarades, they were very helpful. We hired a car from them and also went on a lovely trip to the mainland, Sivota, where we saw dolphins. We caught a bus from Ag to Benitses where the boat was waiting. Very well organised and very relaxing.
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Posted: 18 Jun 2013 at 3:03pm
The weather has become gorgeous in Benitses over the past couple of days, I would recommend to everyone Hotel Benitses Arches for a quiet and welcoming stay. It is a few minutes walk from the beach and has a lovely outdoor terrace area to relax with a drink, I am already looking forward to my return trip! As a 20 year old lone traveler I couldn't believe my luck stumbling on such a beautiful yet cheap hotel! I was welcomed by Alexandros the owner who reccomended some lovely places to visit, to eat out and how to get to and from places by bus. 

Both Benitses and Gouvia are my favourite places to stay on the island with friendly locals and small business'. When in Gouvia I ate at Leon a family run restaurant with friendly welcoming staff, but staying in Hotel Benitses Arches really made my trip! 

Has anyone else stayed here? And how did you find the hotel? (I'm new to this blogging so would love to hear what you think!! x



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Topic Topic: Weather At The Moment In Messonghi
Forum: Messonghi and Moraitika
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Posted: 06 Jun 2013 at 9:34am
Today is a beautiful sunny day.

I live in Benitses so only pass through Messonghi and Moraitika normally- don't think much has changed!
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Posted: 30 May 2013 at 11:54am
I was repping in Benitses during that period. We used to take booze cruises up to Kassiopi and land 30 or so yoof in the harbour. I worked for an 18-35s holiday company and some of our clientele were a little on the exuberant side, to put it mildly.

I vividly remember arriving at Kassiopi with several bikini tops flying from the rigging of our caique. The more staid denizens of the waterside restaurants nearly choked on their Greek salads.

I also remember doing transfers up to Kassiopi and taking ages to get through the streets by the square due to the press of bodies. In summer, it was packed.

Nowadays, I confine myself to the far NW corner of the island and am doing my best to grow old disgracefully. It would help if there were any Metaxa and Coke outlets charging 20 Drx as they did in 1984. Nowadays, you need to sell a kidney to fund a session.

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Posted: 26 May 2013 at 11:08pm
Contact Achilles Cars in Benitses (between airport and Moraitika) excellent service and good prices 00302661072198
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Posted: 20 May 2013 at 6:55pm
Hi, Moraitika/Messonghi are lovely places to stay! Messonghi being the quietest of the two. A short stroll from Messonghi, brings you into Moraitika, where there is more nightlife, if you want it. Also, a stroll in the other direction, from Messonghi, down the coastline, brings you to Boukari, with its` lovely fish tavernas & views across the sea. Buses run regularly from Moraitika roundabout, south to St.George, etc.. or the other way, Benitses, Corfu town.. so you are in a great position to visit other resorts, should you want to!
Try travelrepublic.com for hotels/apartments in Messonghi, sometimes you can get a good price!

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Posted: 28 Apr 2013 at 12:10am
For the first time, previously been to Benitses and Ipsos and all over Greece and Cyprus, but we keep returning to Kerkyra Smile. Going on the 10th June and I've loads of questions for you knowledgable folks!
 
We dont have a great deal of spending money as the dog had a slight accident and £500 went on vets fees so, where's the best place to hire bycicles, as the trip down the coast sounds good, and how much are the boat trips approximately? We've done a few from Benitses and I know they visit the same area, but that was in the days when it cost £6 for a day out on the boat with souvlaki on a BBQ! And how much is it by bus to Corfu Town, and do the buses actually stop? I say this as we once got stuck in Cyprus and even leaping out in front of one didnt stop it Smile I'm looking forward to spending my time snorkling, but I think I'm going to have my work cut out keeping the other half interested. Do you know if they do fishing trips from the river? 

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Posted: 21 Apr 2013 at 4:36pm
Finally returning in July after two years (not by choice) what's the village like now? Any new restaurants, shops etc. Can we still get boat trips from Benitses?Shift+R improves the quality of this image. Shift+A improves the quality of all images on this page.
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Posted: 17 Apr 2013 at 11:46pm
Hi Stuart,
We always just book our own flights (got quite a good deal with Easyjet for Greek Easter this year). We stay in Benitses which is only a short bus ride from Corfu town and well connected if you want to travel south too! Would recommend the Argo studios (Anne will even arrange taxis to pick you up from the airport if you need it).
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Posted: 06 Apr 2013 at 10:26pm
The apartments were on the road to Benitses about a 30 minute walk out of Moraitika. Alex was the name of the man running them with is mum. Thanks for any help Olympus
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Posted: 06 Apr 2013 at 8:58pm
Do you mean Veronica Hotel, on the road out of Moraitika towards Benitses?
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Posted: 04 Apr 2013 at 9:09pm
Greetings!
 
My nephew (Canadian) was baptised in Greece 4 years ago by the village Priest in Benitses.
 
My family and I, including my nephew, are visiting this summer and my Thia has asked that we bring a nice gift for the Priest that conducted the Baptism.  
 
The purpose of the gift is basically for him to remember us and our nephew.
 
My mother (deceased) and my Thia were born and raised in Benitses and my Thia still lives there and is known in the community. I want to get something that's very nice and very tasteful.
 
Does anyone have any ideas? 
 
Thank you!

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Posted: 03 Apr 2013 at 10:35pm
The Argo studios in Benitses have free Wi-Fi. Its a lovely place to have a drink or a meal

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Posted: 02 Apr 2013 at 10:04pm
Greetings!
 
Is there anywhere in Benitses that has free WiFi?

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Posted: 28 Mar 2013 at 11:51pm
Klimataria in Benitses will be open evenings Tuesday-Saturday, lunch on Sunday- reservation suggested as is small and in great demand 26610 71201
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Posted: 25 Mar 2013 at 7:21pm
Lymmbo  the July festival in Benitses is Agia Marina- 17th July, but also celebrated on the 16th.
 
The sardine festival did not happen last year due to a shortage of sardines, not sure if it will go ahead this year!

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Posted: 13 Mar 2013 at 3:00pm
Good afternoon to all not a regular poster but have been going to Corfu now for 36 years,so have seen the changes all over. Have stayed reguarly in Benitses and also in Roda where my daughter has a bar with her husband and his family. Personally I would recommend a place close to Corfu town then you have the best of everything, trips out to various places by bus, also plenty of eating places, Greek bars, cafes, shops etc.
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Posted: 10 Mar 2013 at 2:13pm
I agree Jan, I love Corfu, but would not like to stay in a pure tourist resort, prefer to stay in a village where local people live and work, we always stay in Benitses, which thankfully has returned to just that (Ii do remember the sad days of too much tourism there!) It is a great base to explore the island too.
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Posted: 05 Mar 2013 at 11:58am
in April I would only look at a radius of 12 kms approximately from town- the limit of nthe more frequent local buses.  Then if the weather is poor you can get into town, and if good use your resort as a base for exploring the rest of the island. 
 
I would look at Benitses (Argo apartments would be great), Dassia, Kontokali

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Posted: 01 Mar 2013 at 12:09pm
Ipsos is on the long distance bus route- I would stay within the local bus radius- Benitses in the south, Dassia in the north
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Posted: 28 Feb 2013 at 5:49pm
I'd stay somewhere within easy reach of Corfu Town- look at Benitses- good playground (if baby is old enough to use it), several good tavernas, safe beach, regular bus service to town
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Posted: 19 Feb 2013 at 9:01am
Hi Jance!
That's all depends on your taste and time you haveSmile Corfu offers all leisure from museums to night clubs and from taverns to fancy rooftop restaurants. Devote a day for Corfu Town of course as it is a heart of the island. Take a ride to Paleokastritsa, rise to Angelocastro. Visit Sidari with it's Canal d'Amour and sandstone rocks. Laze about in the sun on the sloping beach in Kassiopi. Ascent to Pantocrator Mountain to enjoy stunning panoramas. Attend Empress Sissi palace Achilleion  and then drop in to Shell Museum in Benitses...
That are only few points I could remember at once. Wink

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Posted: 10 Feb 2013 at 1:37am
So excited, we have just booked with Minoan for July. We have a home in Benitses and last time we drove was from Venice with Anek. We plan to travel from Hull to Rotterdam and then down to Venice to spend a day sightseeing. We will set off on 19th July from Hull and our Minoan ferry is on Tuesday 23rd. Last time our journey was hurried so hope to enjoy it more this time. If any one has any advice on any part of our journey would love to hear it.

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Posted: 09 Feb 2013 at 7:45pm
Tthey have them on the island and I am sure you could hire one cheaply here. You could start by contacting the engineer called Asonitis as his company maintains the roads (not doing so well as the government owes him so much money!). He is also doing the rebuilding job at San Stefano Hotel in Benitses so you could call in there, his site manager is Manolis Martinis, you may get him on 2661071124, or ask in Skiadopoulos for suggestions (the big paint shop- near the airport)
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Posted: 14 Jan 2013 at 8:30pm

I'm definitely going to check out the sanctuary in Ag. ioannis Peristeron.

You're correct when you say that cats are more difficult to handle. Having volunteered at a cat shelter here in Canada for several years and have owned 5 cats of my own, I know first hand how difficult they can be. I have received many scratches and bites over the years but I still love cats to pieces.
 
The people who live in Benitses do have kind hearts. I noticed it myself when I was last there that they do feed the cats. Even with what little many of them have, they still manage to help them. (Which makes me want to cry even more...).

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Posted: 13 Jan 2013 at 5:23pm
There are not many strays in Benitses, and those that are there mainly do very well on the fish thrown away from the stand by the sea. Having said that spring is the time when more kittens are produced.
 
There are animal charities working down south but cats are more difficult to cope with than dogs. Just south of Benitses is Ag. Ioannis Peristeron where a Dutch lady has a sanctuary with a fluctuating dog population, anything up to 40. Volunteers come out in summer to help her, and if you want to visit, and help a bit she would be delighted.
 
I know several people who live near the stream, and they feed the cats. OK the cats are not like UK pets, and their lifespan is shorter as their lives are harder, but in general the Benitses cats do OK.

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Posted: 10 Jan 2013 at 5:51pm

I’m no prude either and I can recall fondly some of the lads holidays had when the in place for the younger crowd was originally Benitses in the 1980’s. This was before the village elders turfed them out, put them in Kavos, turning Benitses into the quiet cosmopolitan resort it is now.

We got up to the usual antics that most young, free and single guys do but our generation that partied in Benitses were proper saints compared to that lot in Kavos.

Agreed, not the publicity that Corfu wants and I won’t be watching again.


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Posted: 09 Jan 2013 at 7:21pm
Greetings.
 
Can anyone tell me how the stray cat situation is in Benitses?  Specifically, up past the old Village by the creek?
 
The family and I are coming out for July and August this year and I want to prepare myself. When we were there in 2009, hubby and I went out and got food for the cats (big bag of crunchies) and fed them every day for the month that we were there.
 
It literally breaks my heart to see them and I end up crying (yes, I'm a big cry baby when it comes to animals).  Cry
 
I wish I could bring them all home with me.  I also wish that there was a place on the South coast of Corfu to help the stray animals, similar to all the great work that Agni Animal Rescue does.
 
 

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Posted: 05 Jan 2013 at 8:59pm
I'd leave that for someone who lives further south than me to help you with, I live in Benitses,  There is a clinic in Lefkimi but I know nothing about it.
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Posted: 02 Dec 2012 at 6:51am
When I first went to Corfu in the mid-1970s, Dassia-Ipsos was very busy, partly because of the Club Med. Benitses had some tourism but hadn't yet become party central.

As the show has ended, it's evident the makers did just what they set out to do. Maybe those of us feeling somewhat let down by it were hoping that Corfu would work its magic on them and they'd want to expand a bit more on the interesting history and mix of cultures, and explore beyond the beaches.  

Oh well, we did meet some intrepid folk--mostly ladies--"living the dream" for better or worse and feasted our eyes on that beautiful scenery. Hope it intrigued a few people who've never been there to consider Corfu for next summer's holiday.

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Posted: 30 Nov 2012 at 12:29pm
Agreed, I always thought Benitses was one of the first resorts. Nice to see it has been improved recently as well.
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Posted: 30 Nov 2012 at 4:10am
When I first visited in 1981, Benitses was Party Central and Kavos a sleepy wee resort, lol!
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Posted: 30 Nov 2012 at 1:20am
I was hoping when they mentioned Empress Sissie that they may show the Achilleon Palace and Benitses, but no!!! Even though there are quite a few people in the Benitses area who have businesses due to British girls marrying local Corfiot boys after previously working in Benitses, it has shown nothing of what I believe was one of the first tourist areas of Corfu.
 
Maybe I have been told wrongly that Benitses was one of the first tourist places. We first visited in 76 and certainly then Kavos was tiny and extremely quiet too. Maybe a couple of tavernas and some rooms and that was about it.
 
Maybe they will do a second series and show other parts of the island.

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Posted: 25 Nov 2012 at 3:22pm
I thought the sardine festival in Benitses took place in July. We have been there on 8th September for 36 of our 37 years visiting and never seen it.  Perhaps there is a change for next year, I hope so.

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Posted: 23 Nov 2012 at 2:57pm
Ah well it's the NE "Kensington" and Kavos again!! What about the "middle" of Corfu both inland and the coast places such as Benitses/Messonghi/Petriti AG SE and the "tucked away" hill villages? This programme does not fully show what Corfu has to offer! I could go on but - - -
Gerry

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Posted: 23 Nov 2012 at 12:42am
Hi,
Just thought I would start a post asking when the village festivals are in 2013.
Anyone with definite information, could you please post the village and dates and I will add them to this post. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: Some of these dates for the village festivals are not all set in stone as they can be cancelled at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or if there is a death in the village. Local knowledge is best.

18th March    Corfu Clean Monday (Kathara Deftera) celebrated in many villages with kite flying, processions, dancing

28th April   Corfu Town Palm Sunday. St. Spyridon procession

1st May   Corfu Labour Day, parades and other festivities, also marks the Feast of Flowers, a celebration with very ancient roots in festivals of the Goddess Demeter

3rd May   Corfu Good Friday. Day of Epitaphios. Each church brings out it's funeral bier and parades it through the village

4th May    Corfu Holy Saturday. At 11am the First Resurrection and pot throwing custom take place. Silver gilt case containing the body of St. Spyridon is exposed for public worship for 3 days and nights. Thousands pay homage to kiss his slippered feet. St. Spyridon procession with bands

5th May   Corfu Easter Sunday culminating days of celebration

6th May   Makrades Panegyri/Festival

10th May   Paleokastritsa Panegyri/Festival

12th May   Krini Panegyri/Festival (Tou Thomas)

8th May   Kassiopi Celebrating a blind boy who after staying in the church over night regained his sight

8th May   Kanoni Festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

9th June   Alikes, Petalia, Zigo, Potamo

12th June   Pelekas St. Onofrio's Day

13th June   Arillas The Ascension festival

13th June   Analipsi/Kato Korakiana Panegyri/Festival

24th June   Agios Ioannis Fire jumping 23rd June 2013  (Triklino)

24th June   Kontokali, Stavro, Aghirades, Kastellani, Antipernoi, Othoni, Afionas
Festival of the Holy Spirit

29th June   Kombitsi, Stronghili, Vitalades Festival of Saints Peter and Paul

2nd July    Kanoni  Procession and Festival of Madonna of Vlacherena

7th July   Peroulades Panegyri/Festival

8th July   Kavos, Lefkimmi, Agios Prokopios Celebration of St. Prokopios

11/12th July        Karousades            Panegyri/Festival

13th July   San Rocco Square Festival in honour of St Spyridonas

17th July   Benitses, Spartera, Avliotes St. Marina festival

20th July   Magoulades Festival of Elia the prophet

25th/26th July   Lafki Village Main day 26th

28th July   Roda/Loutses/San.Stef NE Panegyri/Festival

2nd August          Kassiopi 1st Folklore Festival in the harbour

3rd August    Benitses Sardine festival

3/4th August        Arillas Antamona Festival, Dancing groups from other parts of Greece
 
4th August    Paleokastritsa Varkarola

6th August   Pontikonisi, Perivoli, Strinilia, Evropuli, Paleochori, Ag. Deka, Agios Mattheos Church festival held in commemoration of the Transfiguration of Jesus, with days of pilgrimage (1-6th August) on Mount Pantokrator

7th August    St. Spiridon Varkarola 

8/9th August    Nymfes Festival/Panegyri

9th August Skripero Frog Festival

9th August Petriti Varkarola

10th August Ipsos Sardine festival

11th August    Corfu Town Silver gilt case containing the body of St. Spyridon is exposed for public worship for 3 days and nights. Thousands pay homage to kiss his slippered feet. St. Spyridon procession with bands
15th August    Corfu Festival of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Many big festivals with church processions, feasts

16th August    Kato Garouna Gala weekend

17th August    Kavadades Panegyri/Festival

22nd August Agrafi Panegyri/Festival

23rd August    Gastouri, Pelekas, Ag. Deka, Viros, Poulades.  Festival of the Virgin Odigitrias

24th August    Loustri/Gimari Pie Festival

31st August          Agni Varkarola

1st September    Kalami Varkarola

7th September Arillas Wine festival, food and dancing

8th September    Afra, Sinarades, Marathia, Agios Markos, Lefkimmi Festivals/Feast days

14th September   Sidari Feast of the Holy Cross in the Monastery of St. Ionnis

15th September   Kavadades Wine Festival with spit roast pork and lamb. 

24th September   Vatos Myrtidiotissa festival

26th September   Karousades, Porta Remounta Festival of St.John/James the theologian

21st September   Kassiopi/Moraitika Wine festival

9-13th October    Arillas Corfu Beer Festival
25th October Messonghi Panegyri/Festival  

28th October Ochi Day Celebrated by processions throughout Corfu

3rd November Corfu Town St. Spyridon procession

12th December Corfu Town St. Spyridon. The procession takes place inside the church and NOT 
around the town.
Then he is placed in front of the altar for three days.
You will be lucky to even get a glimpse of the Saint because the 
whole of Greece comes over for these three days.

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Posted: 20 Nov 2012 at 2:28pm
Hi Lymmbo,
Sorry, Benitses village didn't make the first edition, but that is not to say that it can't be added next summer or as you say, included in the South edition.
 
Personally, I would class it in the Central region.
 
Regards, Steve, Cool

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Posted: 20 Nov 2012 at 2:14pm
Please let us know when it is available for use on Kindle, as I would love to read it, especially if Benitses is included in the Central part.  I guess it is difficult to decide which area it falls into as it could be south due to the number of villages which are north of Corfu town and having to spread all the information between three books.
 
Look forward to reading it.

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Posted: 24 Oct 2012 at 12:22am
Hi
I have a friend who wants some stuff sending over to Chester, please call him on 697 289 5184.
Spiro Spinoulas from Benitses.
Mention my name Mike from Chorley
Thanks.

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Posted: 05 Oct 2012 at 2:15pm
It's not just Kassiopi which draws people back year after year, it is the people of Corfu who are so hospitable. We have visited Benitses every year since 1976 and can assure you that there is life just as good south of Corfu town. Long may it continue.

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Posted: 30 Sep 2012 at 3:34pm
The second part of our recent holiday - after the first week at Kaminaki - was at Stevens on the Hill. This place has a quality and feel to it which is difficult to define but truly lovely to experience. I think it's because they just let you get on with your holiday at your own pace but are always around to provide whatever you need.

The resort itself is a gem. The long sandy beach set in that amphitheatre of rocks and hills is a wonder to behold and laze on in the sunshine and heat we enjoyed. We used the beds and umbrellas of Ark kitchen and bar. They only once came down to take orders from us once and we went up to get drinks and food and enjoyed the views on a regular basis. I did notice that other bars were on the beach taking orders almost as soon as people arrived.

We strayed away from Ag G a few times. One day to Paleokastritsa, Lakones and Angelokastro and meeting up with KEIRA was a highlight. There was a couple of super storms which we  watched from the balcony of Boulis Taverna in Lakones. A stunning view of all the action!

Another day we visited the Achilleon Palace. Despite going past it a few times in the past and even meeting people there I've never been inside before. I'm glad I did this time as it is impressive. The grounds and statues are exquisite and the views to Corfu Town excellent. We lunched in Benitses and noted the massive new hotel being built above it (Russian owned I think?). Later we parked at Perama and walked across the causeway to visit the Monastery and watched the planes come and go.

Our other short excursion was a fascinating trip up to Pantokrator Monastery (nowhere near Mount Pantokrator) and the 'golf ball' radar tracking station (I presume?) which you can see perched on top of the hill anywhere South of Corfu Town. It's a tight steep drive but worth it for the views of both coasts at the same time in places.

Overall it was a wonderful stay once again at Ag G and particularly special at Stevens.

So onto the third phase of our holiday - Corfu Town.

David

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maryg55

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Posted: 29 Sep 2012 at 10:52pm
Benitses is a lovely choice for a quiet holiday we have stayed in Benitses every year for the last 8 years the people are really welcoming & we find it really easy to get about on public transport . The bars & tavernas are all within easy walking distance of most of the accomodations, we stay in the old village so have everything on our doorstep! Hope if you do decide to stay in Benitses that you have a super time.
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lathamwitchie

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Posted: 29 Sep 2012 at 5:22pm
Thanks for the information guys.  I don't know Benitses but it appears it's 500m from the restaurants and 30m from the bus station   Wink

Barb

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janmanessi

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Posted: 29 Sep 2012 at 3:10pm
My recommendation though would be to get the bus to the Alexandros Hotel at Perama and wander up the lane from there to the Achilleon, past some lovely old houses (including the Doxiadis house where the author of 'An Artist in Corfu' written in 1911 stayed) and a charming old chapel in the olive groves, and the road comes out into Gastouri opposite a simple taverna where you can have a drink before going on to the palace, and finally down the hill to Benitses.
I would aim to arrive at the palace around 6pm as it will be virtually deserted then and not nearly as hot as earlier in the day- it is open until 8pm in summer.

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