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Glyfada Beach Corfu: A Vibrant Sandy Resort

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Last updated on January 8th, 2024 at 02:11 pm

Glyfada Beach in Corfu is a stunning, popular spot with golden sand on the west Corfu coast. It’s 16km far from Corfu town and can be reached easily by car or public transport. It’s a long sandy stretch beneath olive and cypress trees. Sometimes, South Italy can be seen, weather permitting.

The Beach and the cosmopolitan resort of Glyfada

Glyfada Beach
Glyfada Beach

Glyfada Beach is a popular tourist destination located on the west coast of Corfu island in Greece. It is approximately 16 kilometers away from the city center of Corfu and can be easily accessed by car or public transportation.

Glyfada Beach is one of the most beautiful and popular Corfu beaches with fine golden sand, a long sandy stretch at the bottom of an olive and cypress-covered hill- looking out across the sea to Italy. Definitely, a place for beach lovers, as there is no village as such, although if you wish you can walk to Pelekas and Vatos nearby villages.

The name of Glyfada

The name comes from the Greek word ‘glypho’ which refers to water that is hard with many salts because in the past the area had many wells with brackish water.

Glyfada is probably the most cosmopolitan beach on the island, many avoid it because of this, especially in August when it is full mainly of Italians. August is also the time when you will hardly find a free place due to the crowds.

The beach is known for its crystal clear turquoise waters and soft light-brown sand, making it a great spot for swimming and sunbathing. It is surrounded by lush green hills, which offer a beautiful backdrop for the beach.

There are a variety of amenities available at Glyfada Beach, including sun loungers and umbrellas, as well as several beach bars and restaurants that serve traditional Corfu cuisine and refreshing drinks. The beach is also popular for water sports such as jet skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding.

Almost every year it is awarded a blue flag due to its clear waters, which deepen slowly as you move away from the shore, so it is a beach safe for young children.

On the beach, there is a large hotel, as well as many villas and apartments on the hillside.

During the so-called high season, when it gets very crowded, there is the alternative nearby beach of Agios Gordis which has almost the same qualities(and scenery).

Who is attracted by Glyfada Beach?

Glyfada sandy Beach
Glyfada sandy Beach

In Glyfada during the day families gather, enjoying the sand, the sun, and maybe a meal in one of its taverns, but as the sun sets behind the horizon the younger generations fill the beach bars and prepare for overnight parties.

It makes sense since the beach combines tranquility with many beach bars that cater to young people and are open day and night.

There is no lack of possibilities for sports fans since in addition to canoe and bicycle rentals, you can do various water sports and there is also a beach volleyball court.

Also, in the southern part of the beach, the waves and winds are more intense and you can go sailing and diving. It is definitely a place for lovers of the plain beach.

Glyfada is also a popular destination for those who enjoy beachside dining and nightlife. The beach is lined with beach bars and restaurants serving traditional Greek cuisine and refreshing drinks, making it a great spot for a relaxing meal or a night out.

Overall, Glyfada is a destination that caters to a variety of interests and is suitable for all ages.

Tourist infrastructure

Glyfada does not have many hotels or intense nightlife, but it is a beautiful resort, and the hotels and restaurants, bars, and other shops that exist are enough to give it a cosmopolitan feel and especially to create a romantic atmosphere after sunset, which during the summer comes late at around 11 o’clock at night.

The largest hotel here is the Glyfada Beach Hotel but there are other hotels too and also many accommodations in apartments and rooms.

On the hotel’s private beaches, you will find leisure facilities such as sun loungers, laundry facilities, and even children’s playgrounds, surrounded by gardens.

There are also cabins for changing rooms and chairs. In addition, you can rent bicycles and go water skiing. There is no lack of motorboat sports or paragliding with a trainer.

Buses from here go to Corfu Town, passing Aqualand, the largest water park on the island, and also going near the golf course in the Ropa Valley.

Nightlife in Glyfada

While Glyfada is not known for its nightlife, there are several bars and clubs in the surrounding area that are popular among tourists and locals alike. Here are a few options:

  1. Pazuzu: Pazuzu is a large and very popular beach bar and nightclub open all day and night. The club is known for its stunning location on the beach, stylish decor, and high-energy atmosphere. Pazuzu is a popular destination for both locals and tourists and is especially popular among youngsters during the summer months. The club features a large outdoor terrace with stunning sea views, making it a great spot for dancing and socializing under the stars. Pazuzu hosts a variety of events and parties throughout the summer season, including live music performances, DJ sets, and themed parties. The club also serves a variety of cocktails, beers, and other drinks, as well as light bites, meals, and snacks. Overall, Pazuzu is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a high-energy nightlife experience in Corfu. However, it is worth noting that the club can get quite busy during peak season, so it is advisable to arrive early or book a table in advance.
  2. Glyfada Beach Bar: This beach bar is located on the eastern side of Glyfada and offers stunning sea views. The bar serves a variety of drinks, cocktails, and light bites, making it a great spot for a relaxing afternoon or evening by the beach.

Overall, while Glyfada itself may not have a large nightlife scene, there are plenty of options available in the surrounding area to suit different preferences and tastes.

Lodging in Glyfada Corfu

Glyfada Beach Corfu
Glyfada Beach Corfu

There are a variety of lodging options available in Glyfada, to suit different preferences and budgets. Here are some options:

  1. Glyfada Beach Villas: These villas are located just a few steps away from the beach and offer stunning sea views. The villas are equipped with private pools, fully equipped kitchens, and spacious living areas.
  2. Menigos Resort: This family-run hotel is situated in a peaceful location just a short walk from Glyfada. The hotel offers comfortable rooms, a swimming pool, and a restaurant serving traditional Greek cuisine.
  3. Mayor Pelekas Monastery: This luxurious hotel is located on a hilltop overlooking Glyfada and offers stunning panoramic views. The hotel features spacious rooms and suites, several swimming pools, a spa, and a variety of restaurants and bars.
  4. Manganas Studios: These studios are located just a few minutes walk from the beach and offer comfortable accommodation at an affordable price. The studios feature kitchenettes, private balconies, and air conditioning.
  5. Bella Vista Studios: These studios are situated on a hillside overlooking Glyfada Beach and offer stunning sea views. The studios are equipped with kitchenettes, private balconies, and air conditioning.

Overall, there are plenty of lodging options available in Glyfada to suit different preferences and budgets, ranging from budget-friendly studios to luxurious hotels.

Conclusion

Overall, Glyfada Beach is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting Corfu who is looking to relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

With low-key nightlife, it is a beach where one enjoys only nature, with picturesque sunsets that arrive close to midnight.

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