Benitses, Corfu – What’s It Like?

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Thinking of booking a trip to Benitses on Corfu? Here’s what to expect from this east coast beach resort.

Where is it?

Benitses is on Corfu’s east coast, located south of Corfu Town.

What’s the vibe like? 

Benitses beach with the old Stadium nightclub in the background.

Benitses is a well-loved beach resort and a name that will be familiar to many as one of Corfu’s OG beach resorts.

As with Ipsos, Dassia and even Kavos, its popularity peaked in the 70s and 80s when it was a busy package resort famed for its hedonistic nightlife.

Since then Benitses has fallen out of favour with partygoers, calmed down and reinvented itself as a quiet destination in touch with its fishing village roots. It feels like a destination on the up.

It’s worth noting that this regeneration is still a work in progress, the southern end of town still feels a bit derelict.

The northern part of town has a new marina and a small old quarter with traditional houses and shady cobbled streets lined with tavernas. Some of the fish restaurants have a good reputation and are popular with locals. It even has some (minor) Roman ruins.

Benitses is surrounded by steep mountain scenery and looks out to Albania on the horizon.

There are frequent buses to Corfu Town – Benitses is the last stop on the city bus route heading south.

Benitses vs Gouvia? Benitses is a longer bus journey from Corfu Town but has more beach resort appeal – the beach itself is better and it has a good selection of tavernas.

The beaches south of Corfu Town are quieter and feel more ‘Greek’ than Gouvia which has better amenities, more international cuisine, livelier bars and a longer season.

Main road in Benitses with tourist shops.

Shaded beachfront taverna in Benitses.

Exterior of a modern takeaway in Benitses.

The main restaurant strip in Benitses.

Traditional Ionian building in Benitses.

Typical seafood menu.

Traditional taverna tables in Benitses.

Funny mannequins in a tourist shop.

Derelict buildings on Benitses beach.

What’s the beach like?

South end of Benitses beach, under the trees.

Benitses has several small east-facing beaches of fine gravelly pebble. The water is usually calm and crystal clear.

Some parts of the seabed have a sandy bottom.

The northern half of town has a road running alongside the narrow beach and a few sections with sun-loungers.

The southern half of the beach is wider with some trees providing shade. There are several derelict buildings but it’s a pleasant area for swimming and relaxing.

Within walking distance there are some small coves to discover.

South end of Benitses beach.

Fine pebbles on Benitses beach.

Crystal clear water with sandy seabed in Benitses.

Benitses from the concrete jetty.

Course sand with small pebbles at Benitses beach.

Activities and amenities

Hand-painted sign of a cat scuba-diving.

Benitses is a fairly small resort catering to day-trippers and mature holidaymakers. It has a quaint charm rather than a wide range of activities.

There are several travel agencies which will organise bus and boat trips around the island and beyond, as well as scooter and ATV rental.

Watersports fans would be better off in the resorts north of Corfu Town.

Along the main strip you’ll find numerous cafes and restaurants (mostly Greek), as well as a selection of amenities including a small supermarket, banks, and tourist shops.

And of course it’s easy to hop on a bus to Corfu Town for a change of scene.

Tourist facilities including a pharmacy and ATM.

Signage for Benitses marina.

Transport and accessibility

From the airport

Benitses is a 20-minute drive from Corfu Airport and around 30 minutes on the bus from Corfu Town. It’s located on the main coastal road south from Corfu Town.

A private transfer from the airport is around €25-35. Hoppa is available for shared transfers.

Public transport:

Benitses is served by Corfu’s Blue Bus system (route 6) which serves Corfu Town and the surrounding areas.  The main bus station in Corfu Town is San Rocco Square.

Buses tend to run every half an hour until 11pm, less frequently on Sundays and public holidays.

Tickets are around €1.50 one way but are more expensive if you purchase from the driver rather than from a shop or kiosk. You can buy a day ticket for €5 if you plan on making multiple journeys.

There are several bus stops in Benitses.

Accessibility

Benitses is mostly flat and one block deep except the outskirts where some hotels are built into the hills.

Most beach access involve a few steps. It does not have Seatrac for wheelchair access.

The main road runs along half of Benitses beach.

Prices

Benitses is a budget beach resort, prices are generally below average for Corfu.

Where to stay

The top luxury choice here is the 5-star Angsana which opened in 2020 and boasts an impressive lagoon infinity pool (20 minute walk to Benitses).

Similarly upmarket is the Manor House at the San Stefano Estate, a historic villa with its private pool and boat mooring (20 minute walk to Benitses).

Most accommodation in Benitses itself is at the value end. Traditional hotels include:

On a budget? You’ll find a warm welcome at 

Looking for a villa? Try VRBO.

Read more:

Where to Stay on Corfu: Ultimate Beach Resort Guide

Corfu – A Quick Island Overview

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