Benitses Corfu beach guide
Photo: Kurt Bauschardt
Benitses is where the whole Greek holiday business started. This was one of the earliest Greek resorts to welcome package holiday tourists and the first beach hotel on Corfu was built here.
The traditional coastal village located on the south-east coast about 12 kilometres from Corfu Town quickly turned into a major tourist hotspot.
The resort and town of Benitses is a kilometre of small tavernas, bars and souvenir shops and became a byword for cheap, downmarket tourist excess with a wild reputation for it's raucous night-life.
But the drunken youngsters have long since decamped south to the Corfu beach resort of Kavos and this once-lively holiday hotspot has lost much of its gaudy glitter.
Benitses is much more sedate these days. Although not entirely free of the scourge of young Brit yobs on noisy bar-crawl booze-ups, their appearance is increasingly rare.
Many locals believe that Benitses is better for it and it been reinventing itself as a family friendly resort, despite it's lack of a good sandy beach.
Benitses can be divided into two main parts, north and south. The north has the best of the beach and the livelier bars and restaurants while the south is more peaceful and now aumed at the more exclusive holiday market.
The beach is the resort's biggest disappointment if you are looking for a sandy spot to sunbathe. It has been considerably enlarged in recent years but it is still basically just a pebble and shingle strip covered in sunbeds.
The beach is very clean and safe and, with crystal clear water, it usually picks up a coveted Blue Flag award.
There are some low-key watersports and there are regular boat taxis to Corfu town and excursions to the nearby islet known as Mouse Island.
Benitses boasts a well-known shell museum, which has not only shells galore but also plenty of stuffed fish and some impressive shark jaws. For walkers there is a well-marked path into the hills to some water springs.
Benitses has been a popular holiday resort for years and studios, apartments and hotels can be found everywhere. Regular buses go north to Corfu Town and south to Moriatika and there are always plenty of taxis about.
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