Glyfada Travel Guide

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    by mindcrime Written Mar 22, 2014

    Located next to the parking of Asteria club (between Poseidonos avenue and the ancient port of Aexoni town) itt was a nice surprise to see the ruins of this Early Christian Basilica (Glyfada doesn’t have much attractions for the visitor anyway except the beach and the numerous restaurants).

    The Basilica was built in late 5th century and was accidentally discovered during excavation in 1927. Its dimension were 17,5 x 15,75, almost a square shape that was rare at that era in Greece because church shapes like this were more common in middle east, especially in North Syria in late 5th century. The church was destroyed in 6th century and was rebuilt in 11th century in smaller scale but it was also demolished during the ottoman occupation when a tiny chapel was added.
    Near Glyfada beach some other ruins from late roman and byzantine period have been found, probably there was an important town in early Christian years.
    Around the ruins there are iron railings to protect the archeological site.

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    by mindcrime Written Mar 22, 2014

    Paris church of Saint Nickolas was extablished in 1937, housed on the small church of Agios Nikolaos that was erected over the ruins on an older church that was there since 1877.

    The church we see today was built in 1956 because the old small church had to be removed as the new avenue Vouliagmenis had to be expanded. Unfortunately I could check the interior as the front door was locked. The sun was burning, there was noone at the square at that time except a lazy dog, so I just took some pictures and walked back to the beachfront.

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    by mindcrime Written Mar 22, 2014

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    This is the first church the visitor see in Glyfada as it is located in the central square of the former town hall. The cathedral is dedicated to Saints Konstantinos and Eleni and was built between 1938 and 1940. It was built by the architect Georgios Dragazikis, 30 meters away from the former chapel that was bombed by Nazis in 1942 (during WWII)
    The cathedral celebrates on may 21.

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    by mindcrime Written Mar 22, 2014

    It’s the first time we visited a lebanese restaurant in Greece but our recent trip to Israel took us here, we knew all these countries have similar great foods. We took advantage of an online offer they had, for 28euro (for 2 people) you get the full menu including wine. We were there on Friday night, at about 21.30, the place was still half empty but the atmosphere was nice, low lights, some couches and wooden tables, nargile on the corner (many go there just for that), I was expecting to see something more ethnic on decoration but the main reason we came here was the food so were ready to check the menu that is full of middle east plates.

    We were 2 couples so we tried almost everything from the menu.
    For salad we had an amazing Fatoush (Beirut salad with greens, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, parsley, radish, roka, mint, croutons, sumac, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and lemon) and Tabbouleh (chopped parsley, tomato, mint, onion, bulgur, olive oil and lemon)

    For cold appetizer we had the mediocre Labneh(Strained yogurt mixed with mint, onions and olive oil) and the always lovely hummus (Chickpea puree with tahini, lemon, parsley and olive oil)

    For hot appetizer we had the Kebbeh (beefballs mixedwith bulgur stuffed with diced meat, onion and pine nuts fried in sunflower), Sambusek (another meat with beef, onion and pine nuts), Falafel (the traditional appetizer in balls made with chickpeas, parsley, coriander, green pepper, onions), Rakakat (appetizer with different kinds of cheese)
    We were already full and tried to enjoy the red wine but then the main plates arrived!... I’m not sure about the names (Κefta Khashkhash, Shishtaouk, Mashwe Musakal) as we tried 3 different plates, one with chicken and 2 with meat (one of them was with red sauce)

    After 23.00 Masi gave us an oriental dance show (belly dancing) and later Ali Arsov started to sing arabic tunes, the places wasn’t full but most people got happy and started to dance!

    The dessert came later but there was no room left for me so I just enjoyed a traditional tea. It was a lovely night out for sure.

    The service was great, friendly and quick.

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    Cheftali

    by mindcrime Written Mar 22, 2014

    Every town and district has many souvlatzidiko (souvlaki stores), usually tiny places that sell for take away this popular tasty greek snack. The last one we tried in Glyfada was this small one that has only 2-3 tables but we had on the way some great pita gyro souvlaki, in case you don’t know it’s usually pork meat wrapped in pita bread with tomato, onions, fries and tzatziki. But Cheftali is famous for some Cypriot touches, cheftalia of course, Cypriot pita but also chalumi and lountza and salads.

    It’s open daily 12.00-23.00

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    by mindcrime Written Mar 22, 2014

    At Asteras Glyfadas beach there is a seaside multiplex venue with various café and restaurants.
    We decided to go to Balux Café House Project that was suggested but a good friend of mine.

    Visiting this place is great because it looks like a huge flat next to the sea, I guess every visitor will love it, it really worth to do the trip from Athens just to have lunch here! You can choose any room you like and enjoy your drink/food where you feel more confortable, next to the library, in the living room, at the playroom, at the balcony or next to the billards(pool)! The atmosphere is really amazing, it is relaxing but for the first 10-15’ we just walked around and checked the different rooms :)

    It is open all day, people go swimming during the day and the enjoy their coffee/soft drinks while later in the evening its good for some drinks.
    During weekdays (12.00-18.00) they have Lunch Break offers, for 10euros you can have a salad and 1 main course. I tried the steak with French fries, it was good, especially the sauce but the portion was tiny.
    The fruit salad was very tasty, mango and other fruits mixed with ice cream.

    They have many different pasta(11-14e) and many other main courses (pork fillet, chicken fillet, turkey minces patty, kebap, cote de veau Argentinean, tagliata from fresh veal, American burger, grilled salmon) starting from 14euros

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Glyfada Transportation

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    by mindcrime Written Mar 22, 2014

    Glyfada is about 13km from Athens, 17km from Piraeus, 2,5km from Voula, 5,5km from Vouliagmeni

    By tram
    The easiest way from Athens is to take the tram #2 (toward Voula) from Syntagma square and enjoy the ride to Glyfada (about 40’ from Syntagma). Also tram #3 from Faliro/Sef if you come from Piraeus.

    By bus
    From Athens buses A2 (Akadimia-Voula), A3(Akadimia-Glyfada), B3(Akadimia-Glyfada), 140(Polygono-Glyfada) and the express bus E22 (Akadimia-Saronida)
    From Piraeus A1 (Piraeus-Voula), E1, B1(Piraeus-Ano Glyfada)
    From the airport express bus X96 (Airport-Piraeus)
    Other local buses:
    114 (Glyfada-Kavouri-Vouliagmenis)
    115 (Glyfada-Vouliagmeni-Kitsi)
    116 (Glyfada-Vari-Kitsi)
    120 (Glyfada-Varkiza-Vari)
    Pic 3 is a bus stop near the sea

    By car
    From Athen you can drive along Vouliagmenis or drive down Syggrou avenue and then turn left along Poseidonos avenue (along the seaside)
    At pic 4 I have highlighted the route from Athens on the map, blue route is along Poseidonos av, green route is from Vouliagmenis av.

    Pic 5 is taken at Poseidonos avenue, this is where you have to stop and park if you want to visit the Baloux House Project (check my restaurant tips)

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