Districts of Athens: Glyfada

Glyfada is one of the hotspots of summer. Located roughly 14 km south of the city centre, it is a prestigious, posh neighbourhood, which combines beaches, nightlife and shopping, all in one. 

Glyfada once served as host to a USA military base and has therefore housed many American residents over the years. Its American character is evident in its numerous burger hourses, steakhouses, diners and Mexican restaurants. 

The area also features luxury hotels, four marinas fully equipped for every type of yacht and possibly the widest streets and pavements of Athens, truly giving it a vibe reminiscent of Beverly Hills in California. 

The International Luna Park on the 4th marina of the area (open 17:00-01:00 weekly) offers a taste of vintage Greece, being one of the old-school amusement park still in use.

A safe bet for a nice evening: take the tram from Syntagma sq. to Flisvos Marina. Cool breeze, nice coffee shops by the sea and lots of yachts. A typical summer night and a favourite stroll of the Athenians in the southern suburbs.

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©Thanassis Karatzas

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