Glyfada (Greek: Γλυφάδα, pronounced [ɣliˈfaða]) is a suburb in South Athens located in the Athens Riviera along the Athens coast. It is situated in the southern parts of the Athens' Urban Area. The area stretches from the foot of the Hymettus mountain to the Saronic Gulf. It is the largest of Athens' southern suburbs.
|Regional unit||South Athens|
|• Mayor||Giorgos Papanikolaou (New Democracy)|
|• Municipality||25.366 km2 (9.794 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||200 m (700 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|• Municipality density||3,400/km2 (8,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
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In ancient times, the area was a deme known as Aixone (Αἰξωνή). Today, Glyfada is packed with some of the capital's best-known Nightclubs, upscale Restaurants and shops. It could be argued to be one of the most "Americanized" of Athenian municipalities, since an American airbase was located nearby until the early 1990s. The base's population contributed in part to Glyfada's character, leading to a unique blend of Greek and American atmosphere and cuisine. Although the base is now gone and the school relocated, Glyfada still retains part of its American flavour while continuing to offer distinctly Greek cuisine, entertainment and nightlife.
Glyfada was established as the heart of Athens' southern suburbs, because of its prime waterfront location, rich commercial centre, and modern business district. It has been described as the headpoint of the 'Athens Riviera' and features some of Europe's most opulent seafront residences, gardens and extensive beachfront property, with a modern marina.
The town hall is located at the center of the municipality; nearby, Glyfada's shopping district has one of the most vibrant and diversified commercial centres of Athens' Neighbourhoods, with a collection ranging across specialist and designer Boutiques. Its proximity to a succession of Beaches and a concentrated seaside club scene also greatly increases the number of visitors during the summer months. The area's shopping district runs across Metaxa Avenue and Grigoriou Labraki Street while both the offices of major businesses and shopping areas also dot the Avenues Vouliagmenis, Gounari and Gennimata.
At the beginning of the 20th century the town had already changed its name to "Glyfada", a name given because of the presence of salt-water wells typical of this area.
The municipality has an area of 25.366 km2 and it is located in the Athens Riviera. Glyfada Marina includes marine space and coastal land area totaling 3 kilometres (2 miles), and a concrete land mass between basins A and B with a length of roughly 250 metres (820 feet), between basins B and G with a length of roughly 150 metres (490 feet), between basins G and D with a length of roughly 300 metres (980 feet), and between basin D until the end of the basin of roughly 350 metres (1,150 feet), with all harbor facilities and buildings found within this space.
Northwest is the golf course of Athens, the Glyfada Golf Club, located south of the former Ellinikon Airport. To the east and northeast is an urban sprawl which spreads over the southwest shoulder of Mt. Hymettus and its rocky landscape.
Glyfada is connected to central Athens via two major avenues (Poseidonos Avenue and Vouliagmenis Avenue) and a tram line operated by STASY S.A which goes across the seaside next to Poseidonos Avenue. A metro connection needed by Hellinikon, with 2 stations in Ano Glyfada and Glyfada (connection with tram).
32,492 people registered with the Municipality of Glyfada voted during the Municipal Elections of October 2006. At the second round, 54.79% of the votes were for Thanasis Papakostas, who was the mayor of Glyfada for the 2006–2010 period. Kostantinos Kokoris was just elected mayor. In 2014, George Papanikolaou was elected mayor in the Glyfada municipality.
The Glyfada Indoor Hall is located at the Municipality, formerly a major indoor sport venue of local Athens teams. Glyfada is the seat of ANO Glyfada, club with many honours in Greek Water Polo and Glyfada F.C..
|Sport clubs based in Glyfada|
|ANO Glyfada||1946||Water Polo||Panhellenic titles in Water Polo both Men and Women teams|
|Terpsithea Glyfada B.C.||1958||Basketball, Football||Presence in A1 Ethniki women|
(founded as Keravnos Glyfada)
|1976||Football||Presence in Gamma Ethniki|
|Spartakos Glyfadas||1979||Baseball||Panhellenic titles in baseball|
Famous residents and peopleEdit
- Sophia Aliberti, TV personality and actress
- Bessy Argyraki, Greek singer, Eurovision contestant and ex member of Glyfada's city council
- Anna Diamantopoulou, former Greek EU representative and former minister of Education
- Christos Dantis, Greek Rock artist
- Predrag Đorđević, Serbian footballer
- Evridiki, Greek Singer
- Eleni Foureira, Greek Singer
- Takis Fyssas, Greek footballer
- Mihalis Hatzigiannis, Greek Cypriot artist
- Matina Zara, Pop rock artist
- Kalomira, Pop singer and Eurovision contestant
- Giorgos Karagounis, Greek footballer
- Zeta Makripoulia, Greek actress
- Giorgos Mazonakis, Greek singer
- Constantine Mitsotakis, former Prime Minister of Greece
- Tony Mokbel, convicted Australian criminal
- Fani Palli-Petralia, former Greek Minister of Tourism
- Giannis Ploutarhos, Greek singer
- Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek politician and poet
- Elena Paparizou, Pop singer and Eurovision winner
- Giannis Parios, Greek singer
- Antonis Remos, Greek singer
- Tolis Voskopoulos, Greek singer
- Mikael Nilsson, retired football player from Sweden
- Peja Stojaković, retired NBA player from Serbia
- Pandelis Karasavvas, social media manager for HomoErgo
Glyfada is twinned with the following cities:
- "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
- "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2015.
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