Glyfada means a place with brackish water. This place is usually a well or wells, that – because they are near the sea – have brackish water. Indeed, sometimes the well may be undersea, and brackish water pours into the sea.
In the case of our own Glyfada, on the south-east verges of great mountain Ymittos, the name came from brackish water wells in the 19th century, when the area was still uninhabited. As it usually happens, human activities followed the classic course: hunting place, pasture land, fields, holiday resort, permanent residence area. And all the above, combined with marine activities (coves, fishing, swimming etc.).
Yet, in the case of Glyfada, the greatest hub of southern Athens was created here. The good climate, combining mountain and sea, the Elliniko airport, that rapidly developed after the war, the two seaside boulevards and the tram after 2004, were the main reasons.
Modern Glyfada is an oblong, crowded Municipality, stretching from the mountain to the beach and one of the most expensive areas in Athens. Most residents are middle and upper middle class, and this is reflected in the infrastructure, the street planning, the general planning and the financial activity of the area. At the same time, Glyfada is an attraction for Athenians and tourists alike.
What you can see in Glyfada
- Extensive commercial centre, where all international brands can be found as regards clothes, shoes, toys, cosmetics, delicatessen and all types of goods.
- The ancient theatre of Aixoni
- The only golf court in Athens
- Cafés, restaurants & tavernas to suit all tastes
- Summer beaches, both non-organised & organised.
- Hotels, for those who want to get to know the area better or use it as their base for trips and excursions in Southern Attica: Voula, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Anavyssos, Saronida, Legrena, Fokaia, Sounio, etc.
- Public green spaces in a bigger ratio than the usual in Athens
- Many old houses with great gardens, some of which, still preserve their wells (with brackish water, of course).