Benitses and Corfu maps
Corfu maps in high resolution with all latest updates for small paths, roads and places.
Also a large Corfu town map with emphasis on the part of the old city of Corfu and some Benitses maps in large size showing in such a detail all small roads, paths and landscape, this map of Benitses is the only one that exists in such a size..
All maps are in Greek and English and all in high resolution, they can be opened in new windows when clicked.
These Corfu maps were designed in 2006 and are updated every year with new additions and changes that might occur both on roads and in places, the last update was at the end of 2014.
They been created exclusively by locals who love their place and know very well all the small roads and the correct names of sites, and they are as precise as possible with the details.
They include the major locations, the largest villages, tourist resorts and beaches and all national, public and agricultural roads and trails on the island.
Map of Corfu.
The rural roads and smaller settlements are all included in the second Corfu road map below.
Corfu has a very dense road network, perhaps the densest across Greece.
The road network was created primarily during the period of British rule (1815-1864) and was further extended later with the asphalting of many rural paths.
Dense road network does not necessarily mean good network, there are problems in many predominantly rural roads which are narrow, steep, winding and mostly incomplete labeling, so driving in Corfu needs special attention.
It is best for the traveler to use as much as possible the two main highways of the island, and use smaller roads only where it is necessary, if we try to save time by using unknown rural roads, is very likely to become confused and to achieve the opposite.
The Highway 24 is the one that directs to the northern part of the island, starts at the city of Corfu and goes throu Kontokali, Tzavrou area, Gkazatika to end in Paleokastritsa.
The highway from the new port to up to Tzavros area is the best of the island with three lanes in each direction, equally good with also three lanes is the highway at the south road, especially the part that bypasses Lefkimi.
The old Paleokastritsa Street is still functional and passes through the Popa valley next to the golf field.
The northwestern part of the island is covered by branches of the National Paleokastritsa Road with starting point in Agios Vasileios and after Skripero village is separated in two roads both drive up to Sidari, each one passing from different villages.
There is also the northeast artery starts from Tzavrou region, it follows the coast line, reaches and passes Kassiopi, continues next to the north coast via Axharavi and Roda to meet the road to Sidari and the surrounding villages.
The first Corfu map shows the main highways with the thicker black-red-white line and the best roads on red, these are the best roads on the island.
We have noticed that some electronic navigators don’t always propose the best possible paths, sometimes may drive you in such narrow roads that cannot fit two cars, also may drive you through narrow village streets between houses where you can stuck, despite there are better alternatives.
An example is the confusion with the national road Corfu – Achilleion, it is reffered in google maps as Highway 25 and leads through Vryoni area, to Ponti settlement, Achilleion, Benitses to the south, This is wrong
The road referred as 25 in maps, is great from Corfu to Ponti point, but after this point dangerous turns starts on the way to Gastouri, when entering the Gastouri village at the location of the Philharmonic society where only one car at a time feets, and still very narrow up to Achilleion palace, you should pray not to meet a car because you have to drive backwards to disengage.
After Achilleion palace to Benitses the road becomes dangerous downhill, so narrow that fits only one car, with incredibly dangerous and continuous 360 degrees turns and frequent landslides, if you meet a coach it may take you ten or more minutes to extricate.
It is therefore wrong this dangerous road to be indicated as Highway 25, someone gave wrong information and this unfortunately now seems very difficult to correct.
This road must be used exclusively for those who want to visit Achilleion, either from the city or from Benitses and for no other reason.
Τhe Highway 25 in Corfu and the recommended path if you want to drive to the south starts from the town of Corfu and goes through Vryoni settlement, Chryseida, Perama, Benitses, Messonghi, Linia, Argyrades and Perivoli ending in Lefkimi’s port, it is called National Road of Corfu-Lefkimi.
Corfu island detailed road map
Map of Corfu island with all details, large and small roads, all places and beaches, always in high resolution, renewed recently.
Corfu town map
This is a map of Corfu town with the old fortress
The maps of Corfu town were designed with emphasis to the old city.
A medieval town that essentially formed during the Venetian rule, so the streets are narrow with awkward shapes, actually were and still are for pedestrians, streets between houses that cannot fit cars.
In many places if someone opens his hands can comfortably touch both walls that define the paths, here in Corfu called Kantounia.
This added another degree of difficulty to the map design, there are streets in triangle shape or round shape, some smaller than 50 meters, how can someone write the name in two languages for such shapes and sizes?
The only open spot in the old city seems to be the endless Esplanade Square and the area in front of the old fortress, which on the map is rendered with artistic mood.
The main street of the old town is the street of Nikiforos Theotoki starting from Liston and ends at the Spilia, the district of the harbor at the foot of the New fortress, today is a pedestrian road as all roads inside the old city, the traffic is done on regional routes around the old city.
Old Corfu town map
Another map of Corfu old town, the same map with different colors
To open the maps at full size, right click on the map and (open in new window or a new tab)
It is a static two-dimensional representation of the site in scale, that shows out everything there is in space, ie roads, cities, locations and other useful information depending on the type of map, the geophysical maps, for example, emphasize more at the morphological data as mountains, rivers, valleys etc., topographic maps shows dimensions of buildings and land and political maps shows countries boundaries, prefectures, cities etc.
Usefulness of Maps
Since ancient times people had the need to record everything on paper, so the mapping as the science of imaging the Earth’s surface is known from ancient times, every expeditionary ship of the Middle Ages had it`s cartographers who had the task to record with details every new route and every new world discovered.
Looking at a map a foreigner in short time can become acquainted with a new place, detect his position in relation to the area and plan a route to another city.
In recent years, of course, the evolution of technology changed the way of mapping as well as the presentation of places.
Now there are electronic charts with three-dimensional imaging and automatic position tracking at any time, these devices based on global satellite positioning system (GPS) calculate routes simultaneously and automatically guide the user to his destination, these are the electronic navigators.
In fact there is not need for the purchase of specialized equipment, now with a simple app any 4th generation mobile phone with GPS support, can become the best electronic navigator.
As for the cars we believe that very soon navigator will become part of the standard equipment of each vehicle.
Despite all techological evolution, we believe that the classical map will always be useful, in conjunction with any device or alone it will help in a simple manner for the orientation and the familiarization of tourists to their holiday destination, a paper which easily opens and gives valuable information especially those who do not have the best relationship with technology.
Here is the map of Benitses with all details and all roads
Benitses village as the Benitses map shows, has it’s north limit at the junction of highway Lefkimis and the Corfu-Achilleion Street and ends at south in Tsaki area where the Achilles hotel is situated.
Crossed as shown on the map by the highway next to the coast, there are some cross-streets leading to the old village, to the mountain villages of Stavros, Agioi Deka and Gastouri.
The road that leads to Stavros village starts from a point at Chontrakia region, it is extremely steep for the first 2 km, winding and narrow, but then things get better and only the turns remain.
There is another road that starts from the entrance of the old village, crossing and passing beside the aqueduct where is divided into two paths, the left path leads to the mountain village of Agioi Deka and the right to also mountain village of Gastouri, it reaches Gastouri at the location of the building of Philharmonic society.
This road, especially the track which passes through the old village of Benitses is a problem.
The road width does not exceed 2.5 meters and passing between adjacent houses, so if two cars are meet one should make back even 500 meters.
Countless cars have left their footprints on the walls of houses, in a corner a metal bumper is placed to protect the building.
During the summer with the increased traffic where foreign visitors do not know the street narrowness, the situation becomes grotesque if not unacceptable, it is a road difficult even for pedestrians, so it is not to be transformed into highway because is suggested by some electronic navigators.
This needs to change.
The mountain roads from Benitses to Agioi Deka and Gastouri are extremely narrow and dangerous, use them only with care and in case of emergency, these paths are only offered to serve traffic between the inhabitants of the three villages, and only for this purpose.
A road map of Benitses
Benitses map with most important roads and spots in Benitses is below
New map Benitses 2014
Benitses map from the area limeri at south up to Costa blu apartments
Benitses wide area map
A map of Benitses including Tsaki area at south