Glyfada Beach

Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

Starfish Rating of 5

Claim to Fame

Part of the small town of Glyfada, this is a very popular tourist resort with excellent facilities, but the road in is a frightening drive!

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  • Where is it?in the Ionian Sea, off the west coast of mainland Greece, near the Albanian border
  • Coordinates: latitude» 39.5921°
    longitude» 19.8055°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: warm Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool damp winters
  • Development: resort town with developed beachfront area
  • Length of Beach:
  • Type: soft golden sand
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On the western side of Corfu and within 9 miles (15 kilometers) of the town of Corfu, Glyfada Beach is just big enough to offer beach vacationers all they need and not suffer anything they donít want to bother with. But getting there is more than half the battle. A smooth, paved road dissolves into little more than a track, littered with hairpin turns and wild dips; itís a scary ride, but worth it!

There are great attractions near Glyfada Beach, including a golf course, equestrian club and a marine park, so on a rainy day or if youíve just had enough sand and surf, there are sufficient things of interest to occupy a few hours or an entire day. And wind out the day in a fine-dining restaurant or luxury hotel; food and accommodations run the gamut at Glyfada Beach and the town.

Water sports are big at this beach, with water-skiing, jet-skiing, bodyboarding and surfing being the favorites. Swimming is wonderful here, especially when you work up a sweat first playing beach volleyball. Or grab a shower at the beachside stalls (but there are no restrooms on the beach).

The variety at Glyfada Beach and resort town makes it a perfect locale for a week-long linger or a fun weekend. Itís got the best of the beach and the town in tandem.

See additional Corfu Beaches.

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