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Find information on Glyfada in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
Glyfada lies on the west coast of the island sixteen kilometres from Corfu Town with a transfer time of sixty to ninety minutes. The western coastline is noted for its dramatic scenery with verdant hills forming a backdrop around craggy cliffs overlooking the brilliant blue of the Ionian Sea. Glyfada is a small resort with one of the best beaches on the island. The golden sand is soft and clean and the water offers safe bathing. There are a few shops for holiday essentials as well as gifts and souvenirs and a number of tavernas and restaurants serving a variety of food. A Glyfada holiday offers a relaxing break on the beach where the pace of life is far removed from the bustle of twenty-first century living.
If you are looking for a beach holiday where the sand is soft and clean, the water warm and clear, the locals friendly and welcoming, and where the sun is guaranteed to shine then look no further. Book a Glyfada holiday now and you will not be disappointed.
A Glyfada holiday is popular with families and couples of all ages. Those looking for peace and relaxation in picturesque surroundings will enjoy Glyfada.
The Glyfada holiday season extends from Easter until October, the most popular time being in the summer when the temperatures rise from the low twenties to the mid thirties.
Glyfada is renowned for its wonderful sandy beach and its glorious sunsets. Lying among pine covered hills on the rugged west coast of the island, Glyfada offers excellent facilities for water sports which include wind surfing, jet skiing, water skiing and sailing. There are rocks in the bay where confident swimmers enjoy diving.
Most of the beach shelves gently into the bay but there are parts that slope quite steeply so extra care must be taken with children and weak swimmers.
Golfers will find a good golf course nearby and there are many cliff top and inland trails for walkers.
There are cafes, tavernas, bars and restaurants catering for all palates and pockets and there is no shortage of gift shops.
A Glyfada holiday offers relaxation on wonderful sandy beaches washed by warm clear seas and bathed in hot sunshine. Evening can be spent in restaurants overlooking the bay with its glorious sunsets.
Glyfada nightlife is fairly quiet reflecting the resort’s popularity with families and couples. Some of the hotels have discos which are open to the public and there are a few lively bars along the waterfront that party into the night.
Glyfada shops are limited to those providing holiday essentials as well as gifts and souvenirs. The larger hotels have gift shops selling better quality goods. A trip to Corfu Town will satisfy even the most ardent of shoppers with its wide range of specialist shops and boutiques. Popular buys are leather goods, items made from olive wood, handmade lace and embroidered linens. Brightly painted ceramics are also in demand.
Glyfada restaurants and tavernas serve a variety of cuisine. Many tavernas serve traditional food and being an island, fish features prominently on all menus. Popular dishes are small fried fish, shellfish and kalamari.
If you wish to sample local cuisine, try a plate of tapas, where you are given small portions of a variety of dishes. A delicious dish is ‘pastitsada’, a Corfiot lasagne with layers of meat, tomato, herbs and spices, pasta and béchamel sauce. Tempting snacks in the form of souvlakis, a type of kebab, are sold from fast food stalls. For a more substantial snack these are sometimes wrapped in pita bread and called gyros.
Local wines are easy on the palate as well as the purse.
Eating in Corfu is meant to be a pleasure and is not to be rushed. Waiters will not hover over you waiting to remove plates. Don’t mistake this for tardy service.