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The Feast of Agia Marina

July 17 is the celebration of the festival of Agia Marina, the patron Saint of Benitses. The church of Agia Marina, was built on the banks of the river that once was passed through the village where now is the road that goes through the old village. The river was used by the boats that carried flour to the mills which were sited near the present aqueduct. The church remained in the same place after the river was diverted elsewhere. The feast of Saint Marina lasts for two days (July 16 & 17) with plans in the future to lengthen it further. The Itinerant stall holders arrive early in order to get the best positions. Dances and songs go on until early morning hours and for those two days Benitses is packed with visitors from other parts of the island as well as from further away. It is also celebrated in the villages of Spartera and Avliotes at the same time.