Paxinos Restaurant, Grill Room in Benitses

Last updated on May 2nd, 2021 at 08:23 pm

The Restaurant PAXINOS
The Restaurant PAXINOS

The Restaurant, grill room PAXINOS in Benitses Corfu

One of the best restaurants in Corfu, restaurant and grill specializing in the delicacies of local Corfiot cuisine and fresh fish.
We have our own production of wine and fresh vegetables from our garden.

PAXINOS restaurant is a family-run in cozy traditional surroundings, decorated so that it blends perfectly with the flavors and keeps unaltered in time all old Corfiot recipes.

It operates all year round and is located right at the entrance of the village of Benitses and just 50 meters from the main road.

Our kitchen is located in the same room with the main hall creating a warm and friendly environment while just beside there are two more halls that can accommodate small events such as baptisms and weddings.

We are always available for any information on our phone at +30 26610 72339.

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Benitses: The Festival of Sardines

Last updated on April 30th, 2021 at 07:43 pm

Within the first ten days of August, the festival of sardines was organized.

It was a relatively new festival that was organized only for the last decade, but with increased success and attracting more people every year.
To celebrate Sardines looks pretty far-fetched but if we take into consideration that Benitses once was a fishing village, the largest in Corfu and that the people in the past lived by fishing they had every right to create a celebration for the most popular fish, the sardine.

On the day of the feast large quantities of sardines cooked and offered for free to all visitors, it was of course not possible to miss the various traditional bands and partying till late.

Update October 11, 2019, : In recent years and for various reasons the custom has weakened and the festival is not happening.
We cannot delete the article but we must inform you so that you do not include it in your plans.

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Benitses: The Celebration of Agia Marina

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Celebration of Agia Marina - Folklore dances
Celebration of Agia Marina – Folklore dances

July 17 is the celebration of Agia Marina, the patron Saint of Benitses, and the festival to honour her.

The church of Agia Marina, was built on the banks of the river that once passed through the village and now is on the road that goes through the old village.
The river carried the boats that took flour up to the mills situated near the present-day aqueduct.
The church remained in the same place after the river was diverted.

The feast of Saint Marina lasts for two-day (July 16th & 17th) but it may go on for longer in the future.
Itinerant stall holders occupy the best positions days beforehand and the air is smoky from the stalls grilling kebabs and turning lambs on the spit.
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6th Achilleian Race Results

Last updated on May 2nd, 2021 at 08:54 pm

Achilleian race event in Benitses
Achilleian race event in Benitses

Results of sixth Achilles Race of 10,000 meters (06/06/2011)

Category of Women – aged 50 + years 1st Pangalou Dionisia

Category of Women – aged 40 to 49 years 1st Fiona Fitzrou 2nd Katerina Papageorgiou 3rd Kritikou Elena

Category of Women – aged 30 to 39 years 1st Katerina Koukakis 2nd Jokuti Andrienn 3rd Lessi Maria

Category of Women – aged 16 to 29 years 1st Gkorogia Georgia 2nd Eleni Kosmas 3rd Kourlesi Eleni

Category of Men – aged 60 + years 1st Moltsas Athanasios 2nd Vradis Christos 3rd Maspace Karl

Category of Men – aged 50 – 59 years 1st Tzanetis Dimitrios 2nd Mathesis Spyros 3rd Gkoutormp Kallikrates

Category of Men – aged 40 to 49 years 1st Nikas Thomas 2nd Koligiotis Theodoros 3rd John Xanthopoulos

Category of Men – aged 30 to 39 years 1st Poulimas Nikolaos 2nd Katsaros Arsenis 3rd Michael Matsis

Category of Men – aged 16 to 29 years 1st Vlasseros Haralampos 2nd Domazetovic Alexander 3rd Paskai Elias

Results for the sixth Achilles Marathon Race of 21,100 meters

Category of Women – aged 50 + years 1st Attolico Maddalena 2nd Caradonna Angela

Category of Women – aged 40 to 49 years 1st Vinou Hera 2nd Softova Lyoubomira 3rd Acconciaioco Luisa

Category of Women – aged 30 to 39 years 1st Kourlesi Joanna 2nd Metallinou Zoi 3rd Lattanzio Cinzia

Category of Men – aged 60 + years 1st Torre Michelle 2nd Collela Carlo

Category of Men – aged 50 – 59 years 1st Siffano Gaetano 2nd Griesi Grancesco 3rd Radichhio Biagio

Category of Men – aged 40 to 49 years 1st Agathos Spiros 2nd Divittorio Francesco 3rd Cardillo Giuseppe

Category of Men – aged 30 to 39 years 1st John Stamatopoulos 2nd Cheimarios Alexandros 3rd Mineccia Andrea

Category of Men – aged 16 to 29 years 1st Ruta Federico 2nd Gerochristos Christos 3rd Phanariotis Dionisios

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Corfu Achillian Race and Semi Marathon

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Update October 20th, 2019: In recent years Achilles’ race is no longer happening, this article has only historic value!

Achilleian race event in Benitses
Achilleian race event in Benitses

The union of the Ionian Islands with Greece is officially celebrated here on May 21st when schools, armed forces, fire department, and other organizations parade in Corfu Town, accompanied by the bands of the City, and in the presence of local dignitaries.

About ten days later, usually on the first Sunday of June, the annual Achillian race takes place, taking its name from the former municipality of Achillion.
A semi-marathon in which anyone can participate regardless of sex or age.
The route passes through the villages of the municipality and after about 21 km the athletes finish in Benitses, where the awards and medals are presented.
Each year the race is upgraded, and last year athletes from all over Greece took part, and also many from Italy.
Following the event, there are performances by local dancers, singers, and musicians.

The Achilleian race is organized every year to develop sports incentives on the island of Corfu, where very few sporting events with an international character are taking place, but also to promote the diptych “SPORTS & FITNESS”.
Participants can include athletes from the Athletics Federation, sports clubs, Health Club Runners, veteran athletes, students and fans of both sexes.

Great success had this year the Achilleian or Achillion race in Corfu

Crowned with success for the fifth consecutive year, is the Achilleian Road Race of 10 000 meters and the semi-marathon of 21km, run for the first time on Sunday 23 May 2010, starting from the centre of Kynopiastes School and the nursery of the Municipality of Achilleion respectively, and both ending in the main square of Benitses.

Taking part in the race were athletes belonging to the powerful Athletics Federation, clubs, associations of runners for health, veteran athletes and general participants from Corfu and mainland Greece.
The participation of athletes from the city of Patras, which this year honored the game, was particularly impressive but runners also came from Trikala, Preveza, Igoumenitsa Agrinio, Athens, Kozani, Kavala, and for the first time about 60 athletes from Italy.
The athletes’ participation surpassed all expectations, as the number of participants exceeded 300 people.

Finishing first in the General Ranking and the race of 10, 000 meters in the men’s category was Thomas Nikas from Corfu and in the women’s category athlete Evangelia Donta from Corfu.
In the semi-marathon, in the men’s class, John Stamatopoulos of CMS Patras was first, and in the women category Gratsani Paraskevi from Trikala came first

The supporting organizations contributed significantly to the success of the event, primarily the Police Department of Achilleion, the Corfu branch of the Greek Rescue Team, the motorsports team of Achilleion, the Greek Red Cross, the clinic “THERAPIA”, the Primary Health Care of Moraitika (provided an ambulance during the race), the P.E.P.F.A.of the prefecture of Corfu, the Amateur Sports Association, the prefectural officer of Corfu Mr. Amoiridis, the CF Athletics Federation, the Association of Crete, the Corfu Athletic Association, the group of football and volleyball VOLIDA, the Sports Karate Association of Achilleion, the Athletic Club Kerkyra, the Cultural Association of Benitses and many citizens.

It must be noted that funding came from the organizing Region of the Ionian Islands and the NEW BALANCE, and GETIL (MESIMERIS – Skiadopoulos), Germanos, and Dionysis Chalikias.
Communication sponsors were the broadcaster TILEKERKYRA and radio stations RADIO CORFU, POP FM and LIFE RADIO.
There were also substantial contributions by the individuals: Mr. Nick Perros, Mr. G. Psailas, Mr. Nikos Moschos, Mr. Christos Vradis, Mrs. Stamatella Pouli, Lambrini Gioti and Elena Poulimenou as members of the Organizing Committee.

The awards ceremony included dancing by the cheerleader Schools of Nante Rizos and Mika Giourgas and the Dance Department of the Cultural Association of Benitses, while the signal for the race’s start was given by the Mayor of Achilleion Mr. Erotokritos Karidis and the President of O.N.A.D.A Mr.Spyros Kardamis with the presence of the Philharmonic bands of Gastouri and Kynopiastes.

It is worth noting that during the awards ceremony for the winners O.N.A.D.A. plaque honoring Paul Skordilis recognizing his contribution to sports events on the island was unveiled.

GREEK REPUBLIC FROM THE PRESS OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF CORFU

6th Achilles Road Race of 10,000 meters and semi Marathon of 21,100 meters (06/06/2011)

Held last Sunday (5/6/2011) the 6th Achilles Road Race of 10,000 m and the semi Marathon of 21,100 m., starting in the center of Kynopiastes School and nursery of the Municipal Unit of Achilleion respectively and finished at the main square of Benitses.

In the event took place athletes belonging to the power of Athletics Federation, clubs, health associations runners, veteran athletes and fans from Corfu and mainland Greece.
Impressive was the participation of athletes from Patras honored this year of struggle, but also from the cities of Ioannina, Preveza, Igoumenitsa, Athens, Thessaloniki and about 100 athletes from Italy.
The athletes exceeded their participation in 250 and reached the finish of around 200 of them.

Finished first in the General rank in the path of 10,000 m in the category of men, Nikas Thomas from Corfu and in the category of women Koukakis Catherine, while on the road of 21,100 m in the category of men finished first the athlete John Stamatopoulos athletic federation of Patras, who scored a record, and in the category of Women Kourlesi Joanna.

The success of the organization contributed substantially, the Police Department of Achilleion and Corfu Municipal Police, Corfu Annex of the Greek Rescue Team, the motor Sports team of Achilleion, the Hellenic Red Cross, the General Hospital of Corfu, Corfu General Clinic Primary Health Care at Moraitika (provided an ambulance during the race), the Department P.E.P.F.A. Corfu, SP Athletics Federation, the Association of Judges, the Corfiot Athletic Club, the football team VOLIDA, the Sports Karate Association of Achilleion, the Cultural Associations of the area and many residents.
It should be mentioned that contributed to the organization: the NEW BALANCE, the DIELLAS and Accounting Office of Georgia Mitsi, while media sponsors were the Broadcasters CORFU CHANNEL and START TV and radio stations STAR FM, RADIO CORFU, POP FM, KYMA FM, IONIAN RADIO, ANTENNA CORFU, new radio, and LIFE RADIO.

The awards ceremony included dancing cheerleaders from the Rizos Nantes and Mika Giourga schools of Dance and the Dance Department of the Cultural Association of Benitses In awarding the medals and cup winners attended the Aldermen Erotokritos Karidis, Barbara Vlassis, Anastasios Potamitis, Alexandros Poulis, President of the cultural organization, sport and environment of the City Mr. Spyros Pandis, and the President of the Local Benitses Community Mr. George Spinoulas.

Results of 6th Achilles Race and Achilles semi-marathon (6-6-2011)

7th Achilleian (Achillion) Road Race of 10,000 meters and semi Marathon of 21,100 meters (03/06/2012)

The 7th Achilleian race took place on Sunday 3 of June 2012, at 9 a.m.

The starting point for the seventh Achilleian race of 10,000 meters was at the School of Kynopiastes village, the athletes followed the road to Ponti’s crossroad, then they reach Vrioni area and arrived at Chrysida, then Perama, Kaiser Bridge and finally ended at the square of Benitses.

The 7th Achilleian Semi Marathon of 21,100 meters was started at the municipal nursery Unity Achilleion on the National road, the athletes followed the direction to Ponti area, crossing the villages of Kastellani, Kouramades, Kalafationes, Agios Prokopios, and then through Lefkimis National road reached Perama, Kaiser Bridge and finished at the square of Benitses.
See the results of the seventh Achilleian race here:

Achilleian Semimarathon 21.000m – results here:  2012-achilleian race 21.000m – results
Achilleian race 10.000m – results here: 2012-achilleian race 10.000m – results

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Activities of Benitses Cultural Association

Last updated on April 30th, 2021 at 07:42 pm

Cultural association – History and activities

The cultural association was founded in 1982 by some young people, aimed to promote and preserve the traditional customs, but also the cultural enhancement especially of young people.

It had been interested in events like book fairs, screenings of quality films, exhibitions, photography exhibitions, and also training of people particularly for sensitive health issues like sex education, protection of young people from sexually transmitted diseases, etc. doctors were invited and were given lectures for those issues, things very daring for the most conservative part of the society of that time.
Today this cultural association is more focused on events, celebrations, traditions, customs, and festivals.
The Association currently has committed and organizes almost all the events that have occurred in Benitses.

Now consists of two traditional art forms, a dance and a musical set from young children to adults.
These groups participate each year in many local and cultural events outside the Prefecture of Corfu, but also instances of the municipality of Achilleion, and the annual festival of folkloric dances in the Municipal Theatre of Corfu.

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