More or less at the centre of the east coast Benitses used to be a small fishing village famous for its fish throughout Greece. Despite the absence of any spectacular beaches, its proximity to town and stunning green mountains have transformed it into a popular tourist destination, still renowned for its great fish tavern's. But of even greater interest to sailors, what used to be a small fishing port is now a medium sized marina which can accommodate even 30+ meter sailing vessels. Since these shallow, sheltered waters are the favorite playgrounds of sailors who like it brisk and calm the importance of this marina cannot be overlooked.
It may not have the practicality of anchoring in Garitsa bay or the beauty and facilities of Gouvia but you will find everything you need to restock your boat, enough entertainment to keep the whole family happy for days, some very decent beaches and a very friendly village atmosphere where you can let kids roam and not have too many worries, but above all have the best combination of wind and flat waters.
The waters in north east are sheltered better than here in the south east and are preferred by powerboats, but the problem for sailors are the turbulent winds caused by mount Pantokratoras. From Benitses to Lefkimi the island becomes significantly lower and narrower creating far less turbulence and allowing much more wind to reach the waters making it a fantastic place to sail in strong winds with flat waters.
As most of these waters are sheltered and wind blow offshore you don't really have a problem dropping anchor anywhere close to shore, but the waters being very shallow and in many places rocky there are very few docks or piers that you can tie up and disembark with a sail boat, making Benitses a very important location for sailors and not just for its fresh fish.
Sailors on a budget often choose Benitses as their winter destination. The village is alive all year round, winter accommodation can be found very cheaply and you are only a 15min drive from town, lots of walks in the mountains above and some good cycling routes nearby.
But Summer is really the time to be in Benitses when the beaches come alive, the smell of souvlakia and fresh fish on the grill carried by the breeze to your boat while sipping a glass of cold white wine.
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