Benitses (Mpenitses) is a resort on the east coast of Corfu
, 12 km from the capital of the island. The permanent residents are about 1000 but in summer visitors make it 2000. Many tourists prefer accommodation here not only because it its proximity to Corfu Town
but also to its central location which is ideal starting point for exploration of the island. According to the legend Benitses is named after a pirate (or his pirate ship) who remained to live in this place.
Accommodation is provided in big and small hotels and studios to rent. There are various restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, ATM and several bars. In Benitses you can visit the Sea Shell Museum and see the remains of Roman baths, and 3 km from the resort the famous Achilleion Palace
The beach is narrow but long, gravel mixed with sand, and the water is transparent. What some people may not like about this beach is that the main island road runs just next to it and the place is busy and noisy. There are sunbeds and umbrellas, showers and changing cabins. Pedal boats are available to rent and boat trips are organized several times a week. Water taxis to the capital Corfu Town are available.