Benitses maps in large size showing in such detail all small roads, paths, and landscape, this map of Benitses is the only one that exists in such a size.
All maps are tourist maps in Greek and English, they can be opened in new windows when clicked.
Benitses area maps
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 coastal highway, 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 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 passes 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.
In some electronic navigators, this path is indicated as the main road, this is wrong and needs to change.
The mountain roads from Benitses to Agioi Deka and Gastouri are extremely narrow and dangerous, they are used with great care and only in case of emergency, they are offered only to serve traffic between the inhabitants of the three villages, and only for this purpose.
Many of you simply know me as Coronavirus. So yes. I’m SARS-CoV-2 and this is my message to Humanity.
I am the enemy of your vanity!
Forgive me for not informing you in a timely manner, but I know when I will arrive, in what form and with what power I will hit you.
Why am I here?
Let’s say I’m here because I’m tired of seeing you go backward instead of progressing.
I was tired of seeing you constantly being destroyed by your own hands.
I’m tired of the way you treat and destroy your planet.
I am tired of your incomprehensible obsession with everlasting growth, growth at the expense of the environment, depletion of the planet’s natural resources, and excessive carbon dioxide that disrupt the climate and cause natural disasters.
I’m tired of the way you treat each other.
I’m tired of your abuses, the violence you carry out, the wars, your interpersonal conflicts, and your superstitions.
I’m tired of seeing you being jealous of social looks, your skills, your hypocrisy, and your selfishness.
I’m tired of the little time you spend with your families.
I’m tired of the lack of attention for your children. I’m tired of how shallow you are.
I’m tired of the importance you often give to superficial things at the expense of the important.
I’m tired of your pathetic and endless search for the best dress, the latest smartphone model, and the most expensive car just to satisfy your vanity.
I’m tired of your scams. I’m tired of the propaganda in your media. I’m tired of the insufficient time you spend to communicate with each other.
I am tired of your constant complaints while doing absolutely nothing to improve your lives. I’m tired of seeing you in disagreements and bickering over trivial occasions.
I am tired of the constant skirmishes between those who govern you, I am tired of your wrong choices of those who govern you.
I am tired of seeing people muttering and even killing for a football match.
I know … I’ll be tough with you. Maybe more than enough, but I don’t stand out.
I’m a virus.
My action will cost you lives, many lives, cause I want you to understand once and for all that you have to change course … For your own good.
The message I have to give you is simple.
I wanted to emphasize that the society you have created is wrong, so you must change it.
I wanted to pause everything to force you to understand that the only important thing you have to deal with your soul from here and onwards is the following: Human and life. Yours and your children’s.
And that they really need to be protected, embraced, and shared.
I wanted you as confined and isolated as possible in your homes, away from parents, grandparents, children, and grandchildren.
To be able to understand how important a hug is, a human contact, a conversation, a handshake, a night out with friends, a walk, a dinner in a restaurant, a run in the park in the open.
From these images, everything has to start all over again.
Bring down racism, divisions between you, ignore the religions that fuel hate and wars, let go of stupid nationalisms, I had shown you that you are all the same, still not seeing it?
Do not discriminate between you.
Respect the planet that hosts you, the resources it provides are more than enough and surplus for you to live all rich, share the wealth of the earth, I will not forgive you next time unless you take away the wealth of the few to share it with you all.
You will have no other chance if I find humanity again with children starving and dying, with innocents being killed in futile wars, with uprooted refugees looking for a new home, with homeless people, with starving people, with exploitation, misery and social inequality.
The wealth that your work generates should not be concentrated in the hands of the few but used to protect the planet and the lives of yours and all other species, to provide everyone with a comfortable life without anxiety and uncertainty about the future, to be channeled into scientific research on cures for serious diseases rather than weapons of death and destruction.
You are the rulers of the planet and you must take care to keep it alive.
I have shown you that there are no distances. Although so small and invisible I traveled thousands of miles and I am everywhere in no time.
I am a passerby, but the feelings of solidarity and cooperation that I have created in your hearts in a short period of time should last forever.
Live your life in a simpler way, Walk. Breathe free. Help those in need because the good will always be returned to you.
Enjoy and respect nature.
Do whatever please you and fill you up and create the conditions that will allow you not to be afraid for the future.
I’ll stay with you as long as needed, When you start the celebrations it will be because I ‘ve gone.
But remember, don’t try to be better people only as long as I am present because I will come back mutated and stronger.
This letter was written by Danilo Calabrese
With many additions by Antonio Tirospanacoli
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In the midst of war, we cannot speak of celebrations and events, let alone when the war is waged against all humanity by an invisible enemy that threatens not only the lives of all of us but also the existence of states and the whole structure of the world as it was until now.
No, the earth was not been attacked by aliens, neither did nuclear world war broke out, nor did a meteorite fall from space, it is something much worse.
A tiny new virus, about one-tenth the diameter of the common influenza virus, SARS-CoV-2 as it is scientifically called, causes the COVID-19 pandemic that in record time has spread from China, from where it first appeared, across the globe with catastrophic effects, such that mankind has not yet known.
The illness caused by SARS-CoV-2 or coronavirus, causes severe pneumonia that is potentially lethal for old and burdened with health problems people, but also it doesn’t make exceptions for much younger and healthy people too.
There have been thousands of victims within a relatively short period of time, with the disease, if not stalled, able to affect millions, and the impact, both from the virus and from the unprecedented isolation measures of entire populations taken from almost all countries to the economy, to be unprecedented as there is no cure or vaccine yet.
But apart from the lives of all of us, this situation threatens the very structure of today’s civilization.
Already, economies are shaking to the brink of collapse, and the future of mankind, until at least some cure and later an effective vaccine is finally found, it will certainly be very, very different, and probably not reminiscent of anything we know so far.
And we’re still at the beginning.
What is the situation in Corfu
Although, until today 19 March, Corfu is free of coronavirus cases, the whole country is under a limited quarantine to prevent coronavirus disease spread in the country, nobody knows until when, it will depend from the size of spreading, but currently, it will last for at least some months.
Therefore for Easter 2020, it would be meaningless to think about events, celebrations, and visitors.
After all, to limit the COVID-19 disaster as much as we can, we have no other way than to isolate people as more is possible.
Greece until now is doing fine, schools, restaurants, hotels, most shops, even organized beaches are closed, also citizens are strongly advised through mass media campaigns to stay@home and avoid concentrations and go out only for absolutely necessary activities.
These strong measures have been taken early by the government and have limited the number of cases so the national health system can cope with all severe cases and save the most lives that can be saved, despite the financial cost, for us the Greeks, human life is above all money and financial cost.
See you all at Easter of 2021
We wish the nightmare to end as quickly as possible, life is above all and maintaining life is the first goal, we must survive first and then to think about the economical disasters so that we can rebuild our world in a completely different direction at this time.
With respect to the planet that tolerates us, but we are consciously or unconsciously destroying it, and by setting human above numbers, crushing capitalism and its derivatives such as stock markets, rating agencies, and all their inhumane models of governance to religions, tribes and set borders that will fall.
And the world’s governments must act now, mankind cannot stand another uncontrollable financial collapse and the only way to save anything that can be saved is to spend the most money now to help the scientific community to find a vaccine soon.
If we don’t stop this now, the money will have no value in a few months.
We hope all this is an exaggeration, we pray for the nightmare to go, the financial damage to be manageable, so we can be together in Corfu next year, at Easter of 2021, and this time in more numbers than any other year, to celebrate Easter 2021 with a different mindset and greater love and solidarity for humanity.
Now, we do not travel, we all stay home, we limit the spread of this curse, we all stay spiritually united, we take care of our lives without calculating the financial cost, and everyone prays in what he believes, in order to save humanity from disaster.
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Rich history, old-fashioned architecture, and the best part of all— Greek food.
Greece is a country so rich in so many aspects that you might find it hard to squeeze in all the sights to see and all the souvlakis to try during a short stay in this glorious place.
With so many ancient cities to school, you about Greek history and mythologies, a trip to Greece isn’t only limited to leisure and some time under the sun. It’s also about walking along with historical sites and experiencing first hand these famous cities that we only read about in books.
I know you’re excited to take that flight to the cradle of Western civilization, but we’d have to burst your bubble for a little while to remind you of some of the things that you shouldn’t do when visiting Greece.
Don’t Show to much skin when visiting churches
Greece is clad with beautiful churches and monasteries that any tourist would be tempted to visit and well, snap photos of, but keep in mind that these establishments should be treated with respect.
Greeks are particular about wearing proper clothes when entering a church. It’s best that you follow the dress code when you plan to visit any of these sites to avoid getting called out by locals and churchgoers.
For men, long shorts and trousers will do, while long skirts for women are the most appropriate. Make sure you pack enough of these clothing items since there are a lot of churches and monasteries to visit in Greece. No need to worry about your carry-on luggage dimensions, with proper rolling and stacking, your long skirts and trousers will fit right in your bag, that’s for sure.
Whether you’re religious or not, you should try to abide by this particular dress rule because that’s how you show respect to the culture.
Don’t go shopping mid-day and on Sundays
Greeks are known to keep plenty of traditions, one of which includes something about their shopping habits.
For shopaholics out there, don’t try to shop during mid-day or on Sundays if you don’t want to come up empty-handed. Greeks value their siesta time so much, so don’t waste your time going out to shop at noon as markets and shopping centers will likely be closed.
However, if you really have no other time to do your shopping but during mid-day, large malls in Athens are continuously open up until the evening every day of the week except Sundays.
All the above are concerned large towns and in any case not large or small tourist areas, where you are really welcome to shop at any time of the day, every day.
Don’t rely on credit cards, unless on a tourist or large area
If you’re the type of traveler who relies on credit cards every time you go out, you might want to consider giving them rest when you’re in Greece.
Greeks love cash, especially in remote areas and the less touristy places. Sure, you can use your cards everywhere, at the hotel and all the big restaurants in town, but if you plan to go on a tour at less crowded spots and traditional tavernas, then your cards might not be of great use as Greek people don’t seem to love them much.
Always carry cash with you to enjoy the rest of your stay, so you become more likable. Otherwise, you might need to withdraw at the nearest ATM around town.
Don’t take photos of military facilities
Out of respect for international rules, we should always abide by them to avoid any trouble with authorities.
In the case of Greeks, they don’t want their military facilities to be the center of your travel photos, especially in some sensitive areas like the one in the Aegean islands near the Turkish border.
Don’t touch artifacts in museums
I think if you’ve traveled well enough, you know that museums have restrictions when it comes to touching exhibits. And they are strict about such rules.
In Greece, their museums and galleries are more strict about this because of certain archaeological materials present in the country. Some of these artifacts are century-old, so they are well-guarded and are often inside a glass window or in a safe location.
Don’t do the moutza
If you’re unfamiliar with moutza, it’s a very well known Greek gesture to show disapproval and to insult someone. Hands are extended while all five fingers are open.
When you’re in Greece, be mindful of this specific gesture, some locals might mistake you for doing a moutza, which might be taken as an offense. Greeks find this really offensive, so try to avoid this as much as possible.
Don’t get intimidated of the Greek alphabet
The Greek alphabet may look intimidating, but even if it looks strange to you just remember that it is the ancestor of the Latin alphabet that you use, and cannot be so alien as some people think, in fact, the Greek language is the source of 10% of all English words used today. You speak Greek but you just don’t know it yet, have a look here.
The Greek language does carry a good amount of history up to its sleeve so when visiting this country, make sure to bring some Greek words with you.
Besides, learning a new language, especially one with a challenging alphabet, could mean a whale of fulfillment on your part. I don’t know about you, but it really feels good to be able to understand foreign signages when traveling abroad.
If it helps you embrace the country and its culture more, Greeks are known to be friendly, so don’t hesitate to ask for some help understanding their language.
Don’t drink the tap water unless they tell you its ok
For common health reasons, drinking tap water is not advisable when you’re anywhere in the world and not just in Greece.
There are areas, even close to each other where drinking their tap water is perfectly safe, and other places where it is not potable, especially when you’re in Mykonos and Santorini, just to remind you that most of Aegean islands are almost dry and they bring water from the mainland that is mixed with some desalinated water from some drillings!
Therefore, while these Greek islands are famous for their gorgeous setting and vibe, the water from the tap is extensively high on minerals, so it is not good for you to ever try to drink directly from their tap if you don’t want to stay inside your hotel room the entire day because of not feeling well.
The ones in some areas of Athens and Thessaloniki might be safe, but not everywhere.
Let’s be clear, the tap water in all over Greece is not contaminated with any microorganisms or bacteria, the only problem is the high concentration of minerals that makes it not potable only in some areas, so ask your hotelier or your travel agent to be sure if the tap water in your area is potable or not.
In any case, and to be on the safe side, it’s still best to just buy bottled water, which is priced fairly cheap to avoid incurring water-related gut illnesses.
Don’t try to drive like a Greek
Well, we all know how Greeks go crazy when it comes to driving. It’s like fast and the furious all day and every day, especially in Athens. But just a reminder: you are not a Greek, so don’t ever try to keep up with them when it comes to driving.
Remember that the vast majority of drivers in the big towns are working people who are in a harry to get to their jobs, you are a tourist seeking a relaxing time, so be careful and respect their daily habits.
Things are much better and more polite in the large tourist islands and tourist areas.
Road safety should still be your topmost priority when driving. When you encounter one that’s really wild on the road, just pull over and let them pass. Remember to keep your eyes glued on the road ahead of you, while you also make sure to check the sidelines for incoming fast cars.
Greece is generally one of the best European countries to visit! There are a lot of things that you can do in this country of gods and goddesses, just be mindful about their lifestyle and culture to avoid any street brawl with brawny Greeks!
The life of a nomad world-traveler is appealing to millions of people. Movies glorify packing up and leaving at the drop of a hat. Of course, real-life responsibilities often require advance planning up to a year ahead of your departure date.
If you’re a dog owner, one of the responsibilities is deciding if your pup will also make the trek or stay home while you globetrot.
One bucket list destination is Greece and its islands. The Mediterranean is a popular European vacation spot.
What’s so attractive about the Greek Islands?
The pristine blue-green waters and sandy, white shores attract droves of tourists. Others come to immerse themselves in thousands of years of history and artifacts.
There are over 6000 islands off the coast of Greece, but only around 300 of those are accessible from the mainland.
Ready to make the journey to these pristine islands? Whether your trip is business or pleasure will greatly affect whether your canine companion comes along.
The fastest route to the mainland from other areas of the world is by flying. But once you’re on the mainland, how do you get to any of the inhabited islands? The Greek Archipelago are typically reached by boat, ferry or aircraft.
Each of these transportation options has its own rules and regulations regarding allowing pets aboard. Greek law only considers cats, dogs, and ferrets to be importable pets. Birds are banned from being brought into the country at all.
Typically, only small dogs are allowed in the cabin of aircraft or watercraft. They must be contained in a carrier and under a certain weight.
Necessary Documentations and Other Requirements for Travelling with Your Dog
Your country of origin greatly determines the ease of which you can travel with your pet to Greece. Home countries within Europe have less strict requirements than those of tourists from the United States.
Travelers from any European country only need the following things:
Pet passport with rabies vaccination information
Electronic microchip with information that matches the pet passport
The documents needed for US residents traveling to Greece and its islands are more extensive. They include:
Rabies vaccination certificate within 30 days of visit but less than one-year-old
A Certificate of Health from veterinarian dated within 10 days of trip
Greece does not require quarantine
Each of the 200+ Greek Islands may also require additional documentation. Thorough research is required if you plan to leave the mainland and visit the islands. Greece requires rabies vaccinations because the country is virtually free from rabies and they’d like to keep it that way.
Don’t forget that you may need even more documentation for admittance back into your home country. It may also have different quarantine laws than Greece, which is one of the few countries that doesn’t require quarantine.
European countries and cities are often more dog-friendly than states and cities in the U.S. It’s not uncommon to see dogs in pubs, food stores, or on the train. Conversely, federal regulations in the United States ban pets from areas where food is being sold, such as bars and grocery stores.
There’s not much point in bringing your pup all the way to another country only to find out they aren’t allowed in public spaces or even your hotel room. While many hotels and accommodations are dog-friendly, it’s imperative to ask when booking the room.
Smaller boutiques are less likely to approve dogs, whereas more pet-centric hotels have parks and gardens on the premises that are accessible to canines.
If you’re traveling to Greece, you likely plan at least one visit to the beach. You’ll be happy to know that the European country doesn’t have a law explicitly prohibiting dogs from these public areas. However, common etiquette requires owners to clean up after their pups and not let them disturb other visitors.
Dogs can even go in the water, but keep in mind that not everyone wants to share the water with your pet. If possible, it’s best to find a more secluded area of the beach. It’s also important to be aware that ingesting sand can be bad for dogs. Their digestion system isn’t equipped to digest sand, which can possibly cause it to block their intestines.
In addition, the water in the sea isn’t drinkable for dogs (or humans.) If you’re visiting the beach, it’s best to bring your own fresh water for yourself and your canine friend. It can be almost impossible to stop a dog from drinking seawater, so it’s important that your dog be well-trained to follow your commands before your trip overseas.
Taking Your Dog Abroad is Possible with Proper Research and Preparation
We all have days where we want to drive to the airport and buy the cheapest ticket to anywhere else. It would be a great story to tell, but for most people, that’s exactly what it is: fiction. The hard truth is vacationing with a pup is anything but impulsive.
Sure, maybe once you get to the beach, you can put your feet up and relax. But to make that happen requires a lot of research and planning first. Taking a trip out of the country demands even more extensive preparation.
The first thing to consider is if your pup would be happier and safer at home. In some cases, such as moving to a new country, you don’t have a choice. However, it’s vital to weigh the potential risks of transporting your dog to a new country.
The most likely mode of transportation to Greece is an airplane. Many airlines require dogs over a certain size to be caged in the cargo area. In all likelihood, even the most laid-back canine finds this experience stressful, if not downright terrifying.
Once you get your pup to Greece safely, however, they will love romping on the beach and soaking in the sun. Just make sure you begin collecting the required documentation well in advance unless otherwise noted.
Leo Wilson graduated from a university major in animal health and behavior. He had over a decade of experience working in the pet industry and has contributed many dogs and pet-related articles to several websites before he decided to start sharing his knowledge on his own blog Cyber Pet
And when he is not busy working, he and his wonderful wife love spending time at home with their 3 dogs and 2 cats.
Many of you may know the small Italian town of Sagrado northeast of Venice near the border with Slovenia.
Some may also know that in Spanish it means Holy or Holy Place or something similar.
Of course, very few will know what Sagrado was in Medieval and Venetian Corfu, this is what we will try to explain below.
Let us emphasize here that anything follows is derived from stories told by older people who also learned these stories from older generations, so there may be some dose of imagination or exaggeration mainly about the usefulness of this space (Sagrado) and not about the meaning which is not disputed, as is their existence.
In Corfu of Venetian rule (1386-1797), the executive power, and not just this, belonged to the nobility, they did and treated the poor people almost as they wished.
Every aristocratic family had its own tower or a large house with orchards and gardens around it, and almost everything had a Sagrado, this is a fact.
Sagrado was an underground, narrow, and very deep space like a gallery never be seen by the sun.
Built with large stones and only one entrance that could be hermetically closed with a double door.
They were usually located in the basements of the mansions or in their enclosures as a separate building, in that case, it had an arched entrance.
The Sagrado, located in the basements of the mansions, usually had another entrance from above, a well-hidden hatch that opened in exceptional cases.
In the photo, we see the entrance of a Sagrado in the mansion of Konte(Count) Rivellis.
And here is the drama of history.
The arbitrariness of the nobles in those times was the norm and it covered all aspects of daily life.
Stories like the following were very common among the locals of past centuries.
Nobles did not only determine the financial situation of those who worked for them, but also their lives.
For a worker to claim his money was equivalent to death.
If he became too pressing then the count would invite him to his house to pay him, thereafter putting him standing on top of the hatch, and the poor man was falling to Sagrado where he was going to find a slow and excruciating death, usually by starvation.
The same thing could happen for anyone who became unpleasant or dangerous to the noble, he disappeared without a trace and none dared to search for him.
If someone applied for a loan and took it, usually with a mortgage on his house, he would probably lose both his property and his life.
Because if he could repay the loan, the count would summon him, and after taking the money back, he would extinguish it in Sagrado, and after presenting the signed paper on the mortgage he would also get the house.
If he wasn’t able to pay, the count would call him with a pretext for a new settlement and he would disappear.
Needless to say, the only law that existed then was the law of the mighty.
The official version for the use of Sagrado
The official version for the construction and use of Sagrado is that they were wine cellars or storage areas.
There is another version that wants them to be catacombs – family graves of the nobles.
But there is also a legend about an institution imposed by the Venetians.
According to this institution, the hunted, criminals, and fugitives had the right to seek asylum in a noble’s mansion.
If they managed, before being arrested, to simply touch the door knocker of the mansion’s gate, prosecution by the official authorities would cease, and justice and possible punishment would now go to Conte’s jurisdiction.
Those who committed petty offenses continued for the rest of their lives as slaves to Konte, while criminals were locked up in Sagrado where they usually died.
This was how the place was cleansed from thugs and the poachers were scared and remained quiet.
It is said that only a few nobles such as Sordinas, Kourkoumelis, Androutselis, and Rivellis were granted the license to give asylum, but most likely there were more.
The horrible reality
The Sagrado gained a terrible reputation, for they were, in fact, dark dungeons where criminals and/or innocents have died, so Sagrados were used as tools of fear for the people, and extermination tools for the nobles to accomplish their aims, very horrible and exceedingly myths were cultivated.
However exaggerated the myths about the sagradο maybe, cannot be all lies, the nobles then, in order to keep their privileges and to get rid of their dangerous opponents, did not hesitate in front of anything.
During the occupation of Corfu by the axis forces, the Germans opened the sealed entrance of a Sagrado in which human skeletons were found, with no trace of coffins and scattered around, surely it was not a family grave!
So this was Sagrado, an underground, narrow and very deep space used by the ruling class of nobles to eliminate the dangerous, their opponents and the poor people.
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