The sardine has become a staple in Greek culinary culture. For years this little fish has held an important role in island tradition. If you're in Benitses in early August then don't miss the Sardine Festival. The merriment goes on for 10 days, and during this time you'll be able to experience true fishing village culture in all its glory.
Locals practically give away grilled sardines straight off the barbecue and you can drink locally bottled wines by the carafe and Corfu Beer from the island's brewery. A must-see, the streets are full of people chatting warmly, singing in Greek and dancing happily to traditional island music, until late at night.
Hidden ocean gems
Greek island holiday packages wouldn't be the same without the sand and sea that go with them, and Benitses' focus on life by the sea means it has a few little surprises for visitors to its sandy shores. The local sea museum, for example, is an excellent place to learn all about the history of the area. There is an amazing collection of beautiful marine life, which has actually earned itself a Guinness World Record title because of its rarity.
Entering Benitses from Corfu Town and the airport, you may notice an oddly balanced rock protruding from the water. This is Laopetra, or the people's rock. Made from the typical stone of the area, this rock has stood in the bay for many centuries. It is said that it fell from atop the mountain and landed as it is, balanced in the ocean for all to see.
A sheltered shoreline
Benitses – a fishing village by trade – lies on Corfu's east coast, close to Corfu Town. In a bay sheltered from the cool winds, the waters at this resort are calm and more than suitable for swimming. The beach is mostly soft sand, so you can relax on your towel all day, in comfort.
If you're looking to get a little more active, there are plenty of water sports available in Benitses too. Pedalos and water skiing are top of the list. Plenty of sun loungers line the seafront so you'll definitely find a place to leave your stuff before you head out to ride the Ionian waves.
Authentic Greek food
Benitses is where you'll find the best grilled swordfish and boiled mussels in Corfu. Its famous status as one of the best fishing villages in Greece makes the resort an attraction for locals and tourists alike. People come from all over Corfu, and further still, to taste the seafood that is caught everyday from Benitses bay.
Restaurants in Benitses have first pick of the catch, meaning that you can't get a fresher fish anywhere else on the island. Many of these tavernas bring you local specialities, whereas others focus on international cuisine. Whatever your preference, you can bet it'll taste amazing.
An evening out
Benitses itself is relatively mellow, the handful of bars in the village all stay open late and attract both locals and visitors. You're unlikely to find anything too loud and lively, but you can guarantee a great local wine and a new friend or two if you're sticking to Benitses bay. Many of the local tavernas host live musicians, which often means the evening ends in a lot of Greek dancing.
If you're looking for a wilder night, Corfu Town is just north of Benitses and offers a virtually endless variety of things to do. You can while the night away at one of the traditional rembetika clubs, or dance until morning to the latest chart bangers. Corfu Town bars tend to stay open until the last one leaves, so you're the boss. Buses run there regularly, but if you're staying out late you may want to book a taxi home.