Glyfada beach

Glyfada is called the "king of the beaches" and the "Golden Coast" of Corfu. These epithets eloquently testify to the special beauty and popularity of the area among tourists choosing a beach holiday on this Greek island. The Greek toponym of the village, which passed to the beach, means "salty spring", which is associated with the once existed here wells with fresh water. Now it is a popular resort and one of the best beaches on the west coast of the island.

Beach description

Glyfada is located about 15 km away from the capital, connected via a curvy narrow serpentine. It's a long and wide beach with golden sandy surface, surrounded by many picturesque bays and mountains covered in forests and flowers. These are the reasons Glyfada is one of the top beautiful Greek beaches.

Crystal clear waters get the Blue Flag award almost every year. The beach is perfect both for sunbathing and for active leisure. You won't be able to find a spot during high season.

Glyfada attracts:

  • families with children - by the shallow waters, sandy sea bottom and smooth descent;
  • youth - by the everyday beach parties;
  • extreme water sports enthusiasts (divers - by the clear waters. surfers and kiteboarders - by the good weather conditions)

The northern part is more crowded as you can park your car there, the southern, therefore, doesn't see as many visitors and the infrastructure isn't as developed. The northern part's waters are also more shallow and better for children, while the southern part is rocky and deep - perfect for divers and snorkelers.

Frequent high winds and high waves make the beach popular among surfing enthusiasts too. Children like to look at the schools of fish in the shallow waters during calm weather. The resort's style is bohemian, slow and luxurious. Beach parties stop at 10 PM (22:00), and afterwards you can enjoy the romantic atmosphere on the shore.

When is the best time to go?

Greece - a country with a long length from north to south, so the recommendations will vary depending on the place where you are going. The holiday season  begins in May and reaches a peak in July-August: there are too many tourists, and the temperature on the southern islands reaches 40 degrees, which may still not play a role on the beach, but certainly not suitable for sightseeing. So the best time to relax in Greece is the end of spring-beginning of summer or September-October. 

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Parallel to the beach popularity increase among the tourists, its infrastructure also started developing. Now, up to three tens of comfortable hotels are open here. At this, only five of them are located by the sea, and the others are loacted at a distance from 1 to 5 km..

Infrastructure features:

  • There are no five-star hotels here. But the existing ones offer comfortable recreation. For example, there is a high demand for Glyfada Beach Hotel. Moreover, many private apartments are rented to tourists. However, in the high season, it's better to think about accommodation in advance because the demand is high. Glyfada Beachfront Apartments and Villas will please you with comfortable rooms and creative garden and park area right by the sea.
  • The hotel beach zone has bars, private children's playgrounds, and recreational facilities. On the paid beach sites, one can find all the recreation facilities, starting from deck chairs, washing rooms, and changing stalls, to playgrounds for kids. Such places are surrounded with picturesque gardens.
  • The beach equipped sites have cabins and sling chairs. Moreover, you can rent aqua bikes and water ski, order sea tours on a motor boat, or try something extreme, like paragliding with an instructor.

There are few stores here, and local taverns often offer the option 3-in-1: a hotel, a store, and a cafe. The main stores and restaurants are situated at a distance of 4 km from the beach, in Pelecas village. Buses go from Glyfada town to the beach.

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Useful information

Glyfada is popular exclusively in the beach season, since there is nothing to do here besides relaxing on the sea. At the end of May, they clean up the coast and wait for the opening of a new season, which begins in June and ends with the end of September.

There are no noisy night clubs, as well as any interesting places to visit. This beach is ideal for relaxing in the lap of nature, watching picturesque sunsets and sunrises, photo shoots on the background of beautiful cliffs in emerald-cut vegetation.

Of the closest attractions, there is only the Monastery of Our Lady, which can be reached from the northern outskirts, passing through the territory of a nudist beach. Among the activities, horseback riding along the beach is especially popular. Also attracted to Glyfada Beach and golfers. Next to it there is an excellent golf course and an equestrian club, where you can order horse rental for coastal horseback riding.

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