Glyfada is the first area of the Athenian Riviera and extends about 25 kilometers to the south. It used to boast the old Athenian airport at Elliniko for over 60 years, since 1940 until a few years into the millennium, bringing in international glamour to Athens and was considered an area where the well-off tended to have summer places to relax during the summer months. Discover our guide to the best things to do in Glyfada.
Things to Do in Glyfada: Beaches, Shopping and Activities
As Athens became more populated over time and the demographics expanded gradually from the center to the outskirts, Glyfada was transformed into a central area that saw urban economic development in the from stores and shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. Until today it is considered one of the liveliest areas, where one can find something to do from morning ‘til night.
Apart from the sandy beach coast which features either family type restaurants by the sea, and strips of just sand and beach which is refreshing as it offers guests the choice of literally dipping to cool off during hot temperatures, it also has contemporary café/bar type venues some combining the killer combination of swimming pool adjacent to the glistening sea. The center of Glyfada is a commercial area filled with high street shops and numerous small café and bistros offering a selection of moreish sweet and savory choices. Of course it does not fall short in the bar and club field either, as it is very common for Athenians to spend their party nights in the area in the warmer months, but it is still pretty busy during the winter months as well.
How to Get to Glyfada
Glyfada is located on the Athens Riviera in the South of the city. It is easily accessible from the Athens International Airport and center of the city. There are various ways and means of transportations to choose from.
Getting to Glyfada from the Airport
There are two ways to get to Glyfada from Athens International Airport (ATH):
- Bus: Take X96 heading towards Piraeus. Buses pick up passengers at the Arrivals Level and depart from the Arrival Level, between Exits 2 and 3. Tickets cost €6 and should be issued from the ticket office next to the station.
- Taxi: is the quickest and most convenient option. You can use the services of authorized drivers or hire a private car. The ride should cost you around €30, but it is always better to check with the driver. Book your Athens Airport Transfer – in advance and have your driver meet you at the arrivals, this is a service we personally use in other cities around the world. Alternatively taxi services can be found at the Arrivals exits.
Getting from the Center of Athens to Glyfada
There are three main ways to get to Glyfada from Athens Center, Syntagma Square:
- Metro/Underground: Take line M2 heading towards Elliniko from Syntagma Square metro station (20 min.). Tickets will cost you € 1,20. The metro will take you to Elliniko from where you can either take a 15 minutes bus ride on 122 or a €5 and 10 minutes ride on a taxi.
- Bus: Take line OASA A3 heading South from Syntagma Square bus station. The bus will cost you as all the other public transportations € 1,20. The bus ride can take 45-65 minutes depending on traffic.
- Taxi: Taking a yellow cab is the most convenient and quick means of transportation to choose (15-30 min. depending on traffic). Revolving on the pick-up location cost may vary from € 15-25. You can also order a taxi using the Uber application.
- Tram: If you are visiting Athens for the first time and have time to spend you should consider rising on the tram to Glyfada, as it can be used for sightseeing. Take line T5 heading to Asklipeio Voulas. Tram tickets cost € 1,20 for a 90 minutes ride. Commuting time is 55 minutes.
- City Sightseeing Athens: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus. The original Hop On Hop Off commentated route and tours of Athens. Recommended for tourists visiting Athens. Tickets range from € 18-22 and are valid for 48 hours.
Ath.ena Ticket is the simplest type of electronic ticket for Athens transport. It is made of paper, slightly larger than a regular ticket, but also includes an RFID tag so that all transactions can be done wirelessly. Due to this it can be “recharged” over and over again with any of the available fare products through cash registers or vending machines found in all metro, tram stations and in some bus stations and used for travel until worn out. It can be used on all public transportations: Metro, Tram, Bus & trolley.
Things to Do in Glyfada, Athens
Glyfada is the center of the Southern Suburbs of Athens. In terms of leisure activities this town offers a great choice of options which you can explore during your visit. Glyfada’s ideal location makes it a perfect destination all year around.
Leisure & Entertainment:
Get Your Adrenaline Pumping at the Galazio Go Cart
Leoforos Poseidonos 26, Tel: +30 21 0985 1660
The Galazio Go Cart is located in Elliniko area just short 5 min drive from the center of Glyfada. The state-of-the-art facilities feature tropical beach views. It is a great option for groups of various sizes as the facility’s bar offers large beer buckets for drivers to enjoy after their ride.
Practice your Swing at Glyfada Golf Club of Athens
Konstantinou Karamanli, Tel: +30 21 08946820
Featuring an 18- hole golf course and practice range areas, this golf club is a must visit for those who are either a golf pro, or want to try a new sport for a change. The club’s restaurant and bar offer great views where you can enjoy a nice meal and a glass of fine wine after your practice. Great venue to host celebrative events as weddings, baptisms and parties. Price lists can be found on the club’s website.
Enjoy a Night of Bowling and Skate like its the 80s at Blanos Bowling
Leoforos Poseidonos 81 & Dousmani 3, Tel: +30 21 0894 6874
Blanos Bowling is every person’s inner child paradise. This is a 3 floor building where except from professional and fully equipped bowling pits you can also find a roller skating pit, ping pong and pool tables and various electronic games. The bar offers alcohol beverages and snacks to enjoy during your game. The venue also hosts corporate events and kids parties. Prices are fair and affordable.
Contribute to Saving the Natural Habitat at the Sea Turtle Rescue
Centre3rd Marina Glyfada, Tel: +30 21 0898 2600 (Palio Dimarxeio Tram Stop)
This is a rehab facility for sick sea turtles offering visitor tours, volunteer jobs & adoption programs. Located in the 3rd Glyfada Marina, this center is a famous tourist attraction in Athens as visitors can observe from breathing distance greek sea turtles who are species in danger
Discover the Underworld of Athens in Paterakis Diving Center
Offering diving services, recreational and commercial diving, this is one of the best diving centers in Athens. If you want to explore the waters of a unique shoreline that connects the cultural miracles of Parthenon in Athens and Poseidon temple in Sounio this is your chance to do so. The center operates all year around but trips will depend on the weather broadcast especially during the mid-fall and winter season in Greece (November – March).
To learn more about the center and pricing access Paterakis Diving Center website.
Watch the latest oscar premium releases at a Movie Theater in Glyfada
Zisimopoulou 7, +30 21 1216 4706
From comedies, romance, thrillers to children movies, Town Cinemas in Glyfada is a great option for those seeking a more relaxed night. The venue contains VIP rooms for those who prefer greater comfort, 3D & 4D experiences and a canteen to grab fresh butter popcorn or cheesy nachos. For program info check this website.
Outdoor cinema gardens are very popular in Greece since cinema was first brought in Greece in the beginning of the 20th century. Arian Urban Openair Cinema is a great choice for summer nights. You can choose to lie on a bean bag bed and enjoy the movie while sipping on a cold beer and nibbling on popcorn. For program info access this website. Leof. Dimarchou Aggelou Metaxa 11, Tel: +30 210 9680090
Glyfada offers organized beaches where you can find clean coasts, guarded by lifeguards, which makes it ideal for families with childrens.
Sunbeds and umbrellas guarantee your own space on the beach and the privilege of hiding from the scorching Athenian sun during Greek summer. If you get hungry you can order a fruit salad or a club sandwich from the restaurants or perhaps enjoy a cold beer or a cocktail from the beach bars. Organised beaches offer visitors the use of free of charge dressing room facilities which provide clean toilets, showers, changing rooms and lockers.
- Balux Seaside: pool, beach & restaurant (Leof. Poseidonos 58, 21 0894 0566)
- Asteras Beach Glyfada (Leof. Poseidonos 58, 21 0894 1620)
- Thalassea Beach Voula (Leof. Alkionidon 4, 21 0895 9632) – get off at the final stop of the tram number T5.
Glyfada also offers the option of enjoying Greece’s crystal clear waters free of charge. Glyfada’s beach is part of one of the 395 Blue Flag beaches of Greece. Glazed by sand, Glyfada beach B is perfect for those who prefer natural landscapes to staged sceneries. Ideal for those who just want that quick refreshing dive.
Shopping in Glyfada:
Glyfada is a shopping heaven and is one of the top shopping destinations for Athenians. There is an abundance of options of shops where you can find everything from clothes and shoes, to the latest tech appliances in the market. From small prestige boutiques to large shopping departments, Glyfada has it all.
All shops in Glyfada are open from Monday-Saturday and hours vary. Shops normally close at 9pm every day except Mondays, when shops close at 4pm. Opening times for independent shops may vary.
Hondos Center Glyfada (Agiou Konstantinou 2)
Multi Department store, offering great sales all year round. This is the most popular department store in Greece, and it can be found in many destinations around the country. Hondos Center offers a wide variety and selection of cosmetics and make-up, branded clothes, shoes, accessories, toys, travel items, kitchen appliances among other thousands of things.
Located next to Hondos Center, this is another multi-department store which specializes in technology appliances and office necessities. Wide and rich assortment of electronics: mobile phones, laptops, computers, printing machines, TVs, speakers etc. The bookshop is quite unique as it is one of the few shops in the region where you can find books in foreign languages.
Leoforos Dimarxou Aggelou Metaxa:
Strolling around Glyfada’s main street you can find a wide choice of internationally recognized shops for women and men clothing, make-up, home decor and electronics. Such shops include:
Jo Malone, Bobbie Brown, NB store, Zara & Zara Home, Sephora, Marks & Spencer, Nike Store, Levi Strauss & Co, Body Shop, Lacoste, Timberland, Mango, Tommy Hilfiger, Bershka, Accessories, Apple Store (reseller).
Famous Greek brands also includes: Sugarfree, Celestino, Toi & Moi, Reggalinas, Dress2undress, Kalogirou ( branded shoes, bags & accessories).
Small independent boutiques
Glyfada is filled with small independent boutiques, which are scattered around the center, in order to find the best ones you will need to dig deeper. These boutiques are famous for their good prices, which can also be negotiated sometimes, depending on the owner’s mood and willingness, good quality and unique designs.
Where to Stay in Glyfada
Brasil Suites Hotel Apartments
This hotel’s location is quite desired as it is situated in a quiet residential street just a few minutes walk from the center of Glyfada, where you can find restaurants, cafeterias & bars. The hotel also includes the Brasil Cafe & Restaurant which allows you to enjoy lunch and dinner menu inspired on Brazilian cuisine. Enjoy sunny wet days in the terrace pool, along with delicious authentic caipirinhas. Click here for rates and availability.
Glyfada Riviera Hotel
This 5* hotel is located in a prime location on the Athens’ coast, situated just 200 metres from the beach. Ideal for holidayers and business travellers all year around who seek comfort and luxury. Facilities include an awarded restaurant, two bars, pool & spa, modern gym and meeting rooms for corporate gatherings. Check for availability and rates.
Sea View Hotel
Combines elegance, excellent food, privacy and relaxation. All 71 rooms have balconies where you can enjoy Athens Riviera views. Enjoy your breakfast which is complimentary at the hotel’s garden pool. The hotel offers fully air-conditioned and well-equipped rooms for the purpose of corporate presentations and other business events. Located just 100m from Balux beach and another 100m from Glyfada’s center. Check for availability and rates.
Palmyra Beach Hotel
This 4* hotel features are beneficial for you whether you are on a business trip, on a relaxation holiday or on family vacations. The hotel’s proximity to the beach and to the center is a great advantage. Crudo Restaurant which is hosted by Palmyra Hotel is a famous Vegan Restaurant in Glyfada where you can grab lunch while enjoying the sun by the pool, or dinner accompanied with drinks provided by “Waves” Eco bar. Check for availability and rates.
Emmantina Athens Riviera Hotel
This 80 room hotel is suitable for newlyweds, families and businessmen who are looking to stay in a homely environment which meets modern amenities. The hotel’s terrace has a swimming pool and a bar where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Athenian Riviera. For golf lovers the location of this hotel is perfect, as the hotel offers shuttles to transfer you to and from Glyfada’s Golf Club of Athens. Spend your evening on Disco Vinilio which is the only disco in Athens playing music from the 60s, the 70s and the 80s! Check availability and rates.
Glyfada offers an endless choice of activities for all ages and budgets. We hope that you find our guide to the best things to do in Glyfada useful, whether you are traveling for holidays, business or planning to make this area your home-base.