Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Wave
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Glyfades beach is located about 15 km east of Parikia and nearly 8 km south of Naousa. Situated between Molos and Ambelas, it is one of the small treasures of Paros. Just because mass visitors are not aware of its existence, this place has preserved its tranquillity and beauty. There are no lodging facilities, as it is far from the main road and can be reached only through dirt roads, the visitor is however amply compensated with his eyes resting on a superb combination of green and blue.
Glyfades, -such as Tsoukalia- is also a windsurfer's paradise.
Medium Months: January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: N, NNE, NE
Main Direction: N, NNW
Main Wind Direction: Side Shore, Side Onshore
As well as Tsoukalia, “Meltemi” northern winds blow also parallel (side shore) or diagonally (side on shore) to the shore and meets the waves on a very favorable angle for lots of play. The spot is located relatively high up on the Paros-Naxos channel, the wind tends to blow less intensely here compared to beaches more to the south, by about 1 bft.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Seabed: Rocks, Sand
Similar conditions as Tsoukalia, the waves come here relatively unhindered from the open sea, and are “cleaner” compared to those in southern beaches, something much appreciated by those who are into wave riding.
Be careful of the rocky parts into the water, close to the beach, especially if you are a beginner.
Access to Glyfades:
Drive east from Paros to Marpissa. Access is possible only using your private means of transport. Follow a dirt road that crosses the central road (follow signs to Tsoukalia, Glyfades is just north of it)
Access to Paros:
Arrival by Airplane: Paros Island features its own airport with daily flights to “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport and all major International Airports. Paros Airport is located at 10 km from Parikia. From Athens airport, there are daily flights to Paros (half an hour flight). The number of flights and their time-table depend on the time of the year (2 or 3 daily flights in summertime).
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: Paros is also connected to most Greece’s ports by Ferry Boats. It features one port, Parikia port. There are two types of ferries; the high-speed ferry which takes approximately 3 hours and the normal ferry which takes approximately 4 to 6 hours.
The main port to take you to Paros from Athens is in Piraeus. Ferries leave every day, starting at 7 in the morning. From the airport, you can get to Piraeus by taxi or by bus (about 1 hour, depending on the traffic). From Athens, you can get to the harbor by subway (25 minutes from the city center). There are also ferry departures, especially high-speed ferries, from the port of Rafina, which is closest to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, but not so many. If you fly to Athens, you can go to Rafina port by bus or taxi. You can also travel to Paros by ferry from/to main Cyclades Islands.
Local Transportation: When you arrive in Paros, you can either use the public transportation (local bus) or taxis or, even better, rent a car (or a motorbike in the summer). If you land to Paros airport, you can take a taxi or ask the rental agency that your car will wait for you at the airport. If you come by ferry, you can rent a car at the car rental agencies that surround the port.
Arrival by Car: Renting a car or a motorbike to get around is common in Paros and there are many such agencies operating at the airport, the harbor, Parikia and Naoussa.
Arrival by Bus: Travelling by bus within Paros is safe, but it can be tricky as sometimes the timetables change without prior notice. During summer, the buses depart approximately every 1 hour from several towns all over the island. Departure points: Buses leave from Parikia, Lefkes, Dryos, Naoussa, Alyki, Pounta and Kolimbithres, going to several locations around the island and back. During the summer period buses also leave from and to Santa Maria and Ampelas.
Arrival by Taxi: You can also get around Paros by taxis; you will find the main taxi stand in Parikia central square and in Naoussa. Taxis in Paros are pretty expensive. You are advised to ask for the fare before getting in the taxi in order to avoid bad surprises. They can be hailed on the street or arrive by appointment.