The STADIUM of FC Club Benitses

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The STADIUM of FC Club Benitses Inaugurated today 04.01.2015

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11 Amazing Things to Do in Benitses Corfu

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Last updated on July 3rd, 2021 at 06:33 pm

Benitses was a colorful fishing village with a long history, located 12 km south of Corfu town.

But today, Benitses is a cosmopolitan tourist resort that attracts thousands of visitors while it managed to keep untouched it’s natural beauty and old character.

Benitses occupy a large portion of the central east Corfiot coast, from opposite mouse island and Perama at north side up to Agios Ioannis peristeron in the south where Marbella hotel is.

The old village has a traditional feel to it and is surrounded by woodland, a wonderfully relaxing background in favor of the 1000 inhabitants of the village.

Walking up the old streets you get the feeling that you are in a mountain village in Greece, but this is just an illusion as the sea is only yards away.

You will find out that the coastal road contains hotels that are suitable for the best holidays that someone can get. With restaurants, cafes, and other shops that offer every facility that the most demanding visitor can ask.

Benitses view from the mountain slopes
Benitses view from the mountain slopes

Benitses is surrounded by the mountains of Stavros and Agioi Deka on one side and by the aquamarine waters of the Ionian Sea on the other. The coastline continues like a snake forming two natural bays that give all the charm to the landscape.

The beauty of the village is due to the terrain where it is built for hundreds of years, there are documents proving its existence as a settlement for many centuries.

Add to this unique nature combination the hospitality of the residents, who are familiar with different cultures, and you have a lovely tourist resort that needs to be on your travel list.

1) Do Hiking and biking

Starting from the village there are many trails on the slopes of the mountain that can be crossed on foot or by bicycle.

These paths are hidden in the lush vegetation and lead to the villages of Gastouri, Stavros, and Agioi Deka, and some trails go to the water sources with their aqueduct.

By these paths, there are many small churches scattered on the slopes of the mountain, such as Agia Paraskevi, Agia Triada, Agios Nikolaos Vrysiliotis, Taksiarches, Evaggelistria, and others.

The effort in walking up to Stavros or Agioi Deka or at the knoll of Agia Triada (300 meters high), will reward you with superb views over Benitses and the middle east coast of Corfu.

2) Visit the Sights of the Area

A) The Sea museum

There used to be a unique sea museum in Benitses until recently.

It was owned by the former diver Mr. Sagias and had a huge collection of shells, fossils, sponges, corals, and stuffed large fish. One of the largest collections of its kind in the Mediterranean.

But Sadly, After the death of the owner in 2018, the museum has closed down.

For historic reasons let’s quote some information about the former Sea museum of Benitses.

The museum’s collection was huge, some of the most important exhibits were KYPRAIA foultoni shell, the shell Melo Amphora, the HALIOTIS IRIS from New Zealand, one of the most beautiful in the world, TRIDACNA GIGAS probably the largest in the world, other poisonous shells, rare starfish, small and large stuffed fish, rare sharks, piranhas from the Amazon, shellfish and many others.

More than half of these rare species were collected by Mr. Sagias himself. They came from Australia, the Philippines, the islands of Samoa, Fiji isles, the coral reefs of Australia, and other places.

The shell “KYPRAIA Foultoni” (Cypraea Fultoni) of the Cypraeidae family was one of the rarest in the world and was bought by Mr. Sagias from a fisherman in Mozambique, where it was found in the belly of a fish.

For the shell “Melo amphora” of “Volutidae” family, Mr. Sagias was already applied for entry in the Guinness Book of Records, because it is perhaps the largest in the world, it was found on the island Rosemary of the archipelago Ntampier north of Australia.

In the museum, there was also a blue shark bought in Athens from a fisherman.

The museum has been honored for its contribution with an international award by the Italian Institute of Marine Research I.R.E.D.A

B) The Ruins of Roman Baths

Benitses - Roman baths
Benitses – Roman baths

Archaeological excavations in the estate of the Kapsokavadis family unearthed ruins of a Roman villa and the remnants of hot baths dating back to Roman times.

The baths are relatively well preserved and the decorative mosaics of the floor are clearly visible.

Even though they are almost hidden behind some rows of houses, it is not difficult to visit them, the baths are only 50 meters from the main road and can be reached through a narrow passageway between houses, that leads directly to them.

The passageway is not entirely public, the first part belongs to private properties but stays open to enable other people to use it as a passage to their houses too.

But you better discover more about the monument, along with a photo guide that helps you find them, on the page about Roman Baths

3) A visit to the Achilleion Palace in Corfu is a MUST

3 km. from Benitses at the edge of the village of Gastouri is the Achilleion Palace, a three-story building that was built in 1890 by the Austro-Hungarian Empress Elisabeth also known as Sissy.

The architecture of the building is a combination of the Doric and Ionic styles, with many statues of ancient gods, philosophers, and personalities of the classical era. But above all, it is dominated by the statues of the mythical Hero Achilles, who gave his name to it.

After the murder of Elizabeth by an Italian who stabbed her in Geneva, the Palace was bought by Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany who used it as a summer residence.

During the First World War, it became a military hospital.

As tourism grew during the 80s it became a casino, but today it is a museum, and a favorite excursion destination for many visitors, we hope that after reading more about Achilleion Palace you will join them too.

4) Admire The Old Historic Buildings of Benitses

Vandoros old house and Kefalonitis restaurant-1960
Vandoros old house and Kefalonitis restaurant-1960

There are some very old and beautiful buildings in Benitses, some of them more than 5 centuries old.

Each one has a history and it is worth the time to spent to photograph and admire them.

Examples are the old tall building on the entrance of the port, the building of the town hall, and some others which unfortunately have changed after renovation.

But you better see them all with the details on this page.

5) Visit The sandy beaches of the West Coast

If you plan to rent a car, or you have your own, it makes it easy to explore the vast sandy beaches of the west and southern coast, They are really close. More on the page about the Corfu beaches

6) Make Daily Cruises to the Greek mainland

Every day there are small boats from Benitses harbor offering daylong cruises to the mainland town of Parga and the village of Sivota (Mourtos), also to other parts of Corfu, and to the island of Paxos.

Mourtos (the ancient Sivota) is an area of unsurpassed beauty and unspoiled beaches, with numerous small islands that contain many strange large caves with hundreds of wild pigeons.

The boats can sail inside the caves where the water is incredibly clear so that the bottom can be seen despite the depth which can exceed 20 meters. During the trip, you’ll get the chance to swim between the islands, imagine how it feels to swim between 3-4 and five small islands.

Paxos and its neighboring island of Anti-Paxos also give you the opportunity to explore our nearest, but very different and exotic, neighboring islands.

During your Benitses vacations, you should not miss the opportunity to enjoy such a trip, you can book the trip through your hotel or with some tourist agent offices on the main road across the port. Also if you go to the harbor at 9 am you can join the boat on your own.

Also at the harbor entrance, during the afternoon there is a ticket for cruises for the south of the island, to Paxos, across the mainland coast at Parga as well as to the north Corfu and to some places in Albania.

7) Have fan with local Festivals and celebrations

July 15th to August 23rd is the season for the most special events and festivals, if you get your holidays this time of the year you will have the opportunity to participate in some of the Corfu traditions and customs which become louder and longer each year.

Some of these are the feast of St. John the Lampatari on June 22 in Benitses, a traditional festival in which according to the customs people are jumping over fires.

Then on August 6th is the feast of Pantokrator that is celebrated on the famous Mouse Island.

August 15th is the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, a great celebration in the nearby village of Stavros.

On August 23rd there are festivals in the nearby villages of Gastouri and Agioi Deka.

There is a Sardine Festival on 10th August at Benitses.

A) The festival of Agia Marina

But the largest feast of all is on July 16th and 17th, the festival of Agia Marina in Benitses.

The Cultural Association of Benitses organizes, supervises, and takes responsibility for this event.

The folklore group of Benitses presents Corfu dances wearing traditional costumes. The Association of Women in Benitses offers traditional food, sweets, and local products. A folk orchestra plays until the early morning, and there are also dozens of vendors selling toys, souvenirs, paintings, and so on.

Because there can be no celebration without eating and drinking all kinds of dishes and especially kebabs and lamb on the spit are available in plentiful supply.

B) The Festival of Sardines

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.

But, we have bad news for you, Unfortunately, the festival didn’t make it through financial and other difficulties and stopped!

Let’s hope that in near future it will arise again.

8) Enjoy Local food and Corfiot cuisine

Some of the best for their food quality and flavors restaurants on the island are here.

Benitses is now a culinary paradise and at surprisingly low prices!

There are restaurants with great diversity, some offering traditional Greek and Corfiot cooking, but also Chinese cuisine, grills with meat or fresh fish, pizza, and many others.

The 400 years of Venetian rule have strongly influenced Corfiot cuisine which is a mixture of Greek and Italian with a strong emphasis on fish and seafood in general.

Your holidays in Benitses is an opportunity for you to try some of the most famous local dishes such as:

– Sofrito: are thin strips of veal lightly sauteed in a pan with a white sauce of garlic, parsley, white pepper, white wine, salt, and vinegar. Served with rice or mashed potatoes.

– Pastitsada: is the most famous Corfiot dish, cooked beef with garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper, the sauce contains olive oil, tomato, onion, cinnamon, cloves garlic, salt, pepper, and nutmeg, is always accompanied by pasta.
The Pastitsada in villages is made with a cockerel, but Pastitsada can also be done with fish.

Pastitsada made with cockerel is the local favorite. But everyone has their own unique variations of this recipe.

– Bianco: Fish and potatoes cooked in a sauce of finely chopped garlic, parsley, lemon juice, and black pepper.

– Bourdeto: Boiled fish, Scorpionfish are the best, but other fish such as bass can also be used.

They are cooked with chili pepper, chopped onions, and lemon at the end, in the traditional Bourdeto we never use tomato sauce.

Bourdeto is very tasty with octopus too, it is made with more onions and chopped potatoes boiled together.

– Tsigareli: Various wild vegetables and herbs cooked with onion, garlic, and plenty of spicy red pepper and tomato.

Before going home you must remember to buy the traditional Nougat called Mandolato and candied kumquats, you can get these in any supermarket, but also in the proper cake shops.

Captain Octopus Restaurant - Easter-2019
Captain Octopus Restaurant – Easter-2019

Some restaurants worth trying are:

CAPTAIN OCTOPUS Seafood restaurant, right opposite the port entrance on the inner road.
PAXINOS Restaurant Grillroom, at the beginning of the road that leads to the old village.
ROSE GARDEN, with Chinese cuisine, located in the center of the old village.
Pizza KAVOURAS offers excellent Italian style pizza made in a wood-fired oven, located at the port.
STRATOS Restaurant-Grill Room, in the main street facing the harbor.
CHICKEN GEORGE At the south Benitses, also on the beach.

Of course, there are dozens of other restaurants that are equally good, and you will enjoy finding your personal favorite.

Look here for more restaurants and for more details about the Corfiot cuisine here

9) Relax with a coffee, ice cream, or drink

There are dozens of bars and cafes in Benitses where you can enjoy coffee, beer, ice cream, or a drink.

Those in the center of the village are also popular meeting places for the local residents.

10) Rest by Laying on the Beach

If you do not want to do any of the above you can just laze on one of the pristine blue flag beaches, where you will find sun loungers and umbrellas.

There are water sports like water skiing, parachuting, jet skiing, windsurfing, pedaloes, and motorboats.

Boats can be hired for sailing and there is an opportunity for diving a little further away.

In Benitses harbor you can ask for information or hire a boat through your hotel.

On the beach next to the harbor there is a lifeguard that guarantees the safety of the swimmers.

Τhe whole seaside in front of the village is suitable for swimming, but there are only three main beaches in Benitses.

A) Laopetra Beach

The first from North is the beach of Laopetra, just north of the port.

Named after the big standing rock that maybe fallen from the mountain to the sea hundreds of years ago and now is still standing giving an attractive character to the area. It is the trademark of the village, something like the Mouse island is for Corfu.

The name means the people`s rock (derived from the two words, laos=people, and petra=rock) and NOT rabbit rock as incorrectly called by many. The small coves near here are peaceful, with very shallow and warm clear water.

B) Beach at the Port

Benitses holidays - the beach outside the port
The beach outside the port

Then we find the beach outside the port, organized with water sports and sunbeds, its close proximity with the most restaurants and bars makes it very popular.

C) Chontrakia Beach

And finally the long stretched beach at Contrakia, close to the most hotels of Benitses.

Here you can find the most water sport opportunities and you can meet most people as it is the most crowded.

In this photo, you can see a view of the beach at Benitses Chontrakia area in the early morning.

Benitses beach at Chontrakia
Benitses beach at Chontrakia

11) Get to know the Nightlife

Lately, nightlife has become a low profile, compared to the notorious 80s it is very different and quieter but still pleasant though.

There are some small bars and some nightclubs which can become very lively at times… but the problem is that the kind of tourists who visit Benitses cannot maintain a lively nightlife.

In the picture though is a club from …another era!

Nightclub 1990
Nightclub 1990

Final words

Benitses has a special advantage that helps the village survive any kind of economic, tourist, or even medical crisis.

It has plenty of space in its vast squares, that can be used as a parking lot. You don’t have to worry about where to park your car here. This in conjunction with the plethora of good restaurants, its central position on the island, and the close proximity to Corfu town attracts visitors from all over the island.

The vast open areas help the village to thrive and keeps it busy every time.

This year of the pandemic, Benitses, despite the unfavorable prognosis, had one of the Best seasons. It was the place in Corfu that was busier than any other.

Surely, for the above reasons and many more, Benitses in Corfu should be a high priority on your travel list!

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The Benitses football club - 2014
The Benitses football club – 2014

This is a page dedicated to F.C Benitses, the Athletics football club of Benitses.

The foundation of Benitses football club

It was the early 70’s in Benitses when the first embankment in a portion of the old harbor with a view to transferring the old highway to its present location, was almost completed.

The huge space that was created was available for the first time to young people and too many children of the time, this place transformed quickly into a football vacant lot, it was an area of about 60 by 40 meters large, enough space for the children to exercise their football skills all day.

Then the idea for a football team dropped by some, it did not take much thought, some people agreed and after some discussions, they decided to establish a sports club with football as the main sporting activity.

The first general meeting of the founding members was at 30 of January 1971 in which among other things they decided to establish an athletic club under the name: “ATHLETIC FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF BENITSES”, the statutes were also approved by the General Assembly at November 30, 1971
Also appointed that the club celebrates on the 12th of December!
Validation of the Statute in the Court of Corfu took place the 10/5/1972!

The 25 founding members of the club were:

  • KONTOS  NIKOLAOS of BASILEIOS
  • KAPSOKAVADIS  MICHAEL of KONSTANTINOS
  • KONTOS ANDREAS of ANASTASIOS
  • SPINOULAS GEORGE of APOSTOLOS
  • SPINOULAS GEORGE of ANTONIOS
  • SPINOULAS SPIROS of ANTONIOS
  • MEGALOGENIS THANASIS of NIKOLAOS
  • GIANOULIS GERASIMOS of STEFANOS
  • PAGRAKIOTIS PETROS of PISISTRATOS
  • POULIS SPIROS of NIKOLAOS
  • ZOHIOS KOSTAS of ALEXANDROS
  • ZOHIOS SPIROS of MICHAEL
  • ZOHIOS KOSTAS of NIKOLAOS
  • ASPIOTIS ANDREAS of GEORGE
  • MORAITIS JOHN of THEOFANIS
  • MANESSIS STEFANOS of PETROS
  • LITSARDOPOULOS THEODOROS of THEMISTOKLES
  • ATSALIS ANTONIOS of ATHANASIOS
  • ANDRIOTIS SOTIRIOS of SPIRIDON
  • SPINOULAS GEORGE of THEOCHARIS
  • STRATHGOS NAPOLEON of ANASTASIOS
  • SPINOULAS KOSTAS of THEOCHARIS
  • POULIS DIMITRIOS of CHRISTODOULOS
  • KOK GABRIEL
  • RALF AUGUST

We collect and will soon add historical details on the progress of the team from 1971 until today, in which categories have taken place, which persons have served as presidents of the team, what distinctions and championships the team has won, and how after several years of inactivity the club became active again in 2012, winning after an excellent performance during the first competitive year (2012-13) the anode to the local A division.

The administration of the team is always in direct contact with the supporters who love the team, also the team maintains websites in social networks (Facebook, etc. ) with which those who live away from home are informed about the results and the efforts of the club.

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History of Benitses begins when it was first inhabited,
This was in ancient times and was because of the abundant freshwater springs  with which the area was favored.

It is estimated that 80% of the water in Corfu is in the hills here, stemming from the limestone rocks of the mountains of Stavros and Agioi Deka which surround the valley.

The ruins of Roman baths and other finds demonstrate that not only was it inhabited but that it was also a particularly important part of the island.
At the period of the British domination of the island, the water springs here were channeled and an aqueduct built to provide Corfu Town with water, but the Romans almost two thousand years earlier had created something similar, their persistence in building projects such as aqueducts, roads, etc.  is famous.
In 1269CE Charles Anjou, the French King of Sicily, occupied the whole island of Corfu, hence followed the ‘period of Anjou,’ it was then that the island was divided into four departments-regions called Gyrou, Orous, Mesis, and Lefkimis respectively – names that are still in use today.

In the battles that took place then were also ships from Genoa.
One of them sank off the old fortress and all the surviving sailors swam ashore.

The conditions of the time did not allow them to return home and so they remained on the island.
One detail, the Genoese captain was called Spinoula, and all the sailors were named after him by the local people, and finally, they all ended up with the surname Spinoulas.
This is a story regarding the origin of the many Spinoulas families around the island, which we have no reason to doubt because it was told to us by a member of the Spinoulas family!

In 1537 the Turks in one of several failed attempts to seize the town of Corfu took 20.000 men from the rural areas prisoners and sold them as slaves in the slave markets of Egypt and Constantinople.

This was a massive humanitarian disaster and nearly caused the extinction of the island population,   the countryside was devastated and there were not enough people to cultivate the land and tend the olives which were the main product of the island.

The Venetians saw the danger and gave privileges and land to those from the Ottoman occupied Greece who wanted to come and settle in Corfu.
So a wave of immigration was created, mainly from Epirus, mainland Greece, the Peloponnese, and even Crete.

The vast majority of residents of Benitses come from those who settled here at that time, the names with two syllables as Zochios, Bellos, Boikos, Kontos, Nastoulis, etc.. come from Epirus and especially an area called Souli.
The name Moraitis is from the Morea (Peloponnese),.

Many others whose names end in ..opoulos came from the Peloponnese and others from the island of Crete.

Most of the present inhabitants of Benitses (about 70%) have their distant origins from Epirus.

Origin of the name Benitses

There are several theories about the origin of the name, and many resemble the folk tales told by older people.
One of them says that the name belonged to a pirate who came to admire and loot the village, while others say that the pirate`s boat was called Benitses!
This theory is more like a legend that has little to do with reality, but it adds color to our history.

The true origin of the name Benitses is clearly shown in official government documents from the period of the Angevins and before the Venetian period when even in the 13th century the area was referred to as Penitisai, a word derived from the Ancient Greek word “Penio” that means a place that has rivers and is generally rich in waters.

Indeed Benitses is rich in water and used to have two small rivers which reached the sea where the harbor is now.
Later the name Penitisai changed over the years into Penitsai and finally into the current Benitses.

Benitses in the 20th century

So the people settled on the banks of the river during the Middle Ages, and this river and its sources helped them survive and flourish.
Millstones were built near the springs and the river was used for the boats that went to the Mills carrying flour and olives from all around the coast of Corfu.

Much later, in the early 20th century conditions changed, the mills did not produce enough and were not able to feed the growing population.

So residents turned to fish and the river passing through the village was a hindrance, so they blocked the flow in the riverbed and the river followed another direction and now flows to where the hotel Potamaki, is today.

The old riverbed was turned into a road which is now the main street of the old village.
It’s not possible to see the mouth of the river (Trafos in local dialect) today because it has shrunk that much that you pass it without noticing.

The life and habits of inhabitants changed radically with the advent of mass tourism that began in the 60s and reached a peak in the 80s.

Benitses today

Today Benitses is in a transitional period, trying to attract discerning visitors by upgrading the infrastructure whilst preserving the traditional style which it has never lost.

Most residents are involved in tourism but do not forget the tradition of fishing, especially in winter.

The young people today have a very different professional approach because they see that tourism is not the only option, they have traveled and studied, many abroad, and come back with a wide range of qualifications, a world is open to them that their grandparents could not possibly have foreseen.

In Benitses there will always be fresh fish sold often still alive as they come out from the sea …
The sea here is full of the sea plant “Posidonia”, this might not be liked by the swimmers but the plant is responsible for the abundant supply of especially delicious fish, as well as the great clarity of the sea.

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