On the east coast of Corfu and at a distance of 12 kilometers from the city is a village called Benitses.
It consists of five settlements, while the permanent inhabitants are about 1000.
It is a seaside tourist resort, the first of Corfu, which despite its great tourist development continues to be a pole of attraction for nature lovers.
'Benitses in the 70'-80's
Significant changes have been made in the area of Benitses over the years. Many things may have changed in them, but Benitses always keep the interest of the visitors, among them, some of them have memories of another era that they miss.
The area was an extremely popular destination for locals and tourists alike, including famous actors and singers from around the world.
From the 70 ‘and for about ten years, night shops such as “Spiros on the beach” remained in the memory of many as the places that created those own carefree moments in Benitses that was the heart of nightlife in Corfu.
The picturesque port is worth mentioning and ideal for long walks and photos.
In the past, the main occupation of the inhabitants was fishing, apart from the cultivation of the land and the production of oil that still takes place in the whole island, the area continues to have a significant number of fishermen and fishing boats.
The Roman baths and the first aqueduct of Corfu
A great attraction of the area are the ruins of a villa with Roman baths located in the center of the village, in the Kapsokavadi estate.
They are relatively well preserved and stand out thanks to the floor of the villa, which is a colorful mosaic with geometric shapes.
On the west side of Benitses, in the settlement of Vaska, there is a stream surrounded by lush vegetation.
Passing bridges and stone stairs in nature you forget that you are in one of the most touristic parts of the island.
The path leads to the waterfalls of the old aqueduct. This point is of great historical importance for the island since there is the first aqueduct of Corfu, work of the English commissioner Frederick Adam.
Corfu was facing a huge water shortage problem and Adam’s work, which was put into operation on August 7, 1831, gave the inhabitants a breath of fresh air. With this work, but also with many others, Adam became especially beloved on the island.
In 1837 the statue of Adam was built in the middle of a pond in front of the Palace.
Benitses manages to combine historical sights with wonderful hiking trails in nature.
Waterfalls, rivers and a sea area of great importance make the wet element an integral part of the village.
During your tour to the waterfalls of the old aqueduct, you will be impressed by the age-old olive trees and cypresses, while on the way you will meet the small Church of Agios Nikolaos of Petra from where you will have the opportunity to admire the view and enjoy the sounds. of nature.
The important sea area of Benitses
The sea area of Benitses is protected by the NATURA 2000 network thanks to the large presence of the marine plant Posidonia (Posidonia oceanica).
This plant is the reason why this marine area is so great.
Many of the beaches of Benitses have even been awarded a blue flag by the European Union. Poseidonia keeps the sea clean as it filters the water and provides the necessary oxygen. In addition, the more adventurous who will wear their mask and want to explore the meadows of Poseidonia will encounter many species of fish and other organisms such as shrimp, shellfish and mollusks, which find refuge there.