Astakos

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This article is about the modern city. For the ancient city near modern-day İzmit, Turkey, also called Astacus or Astakos, see Nicomedia.
Astakos
Αστακός
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Location
Astakos is located in Greece
Astakos
Astakos
Coordinates 38°32′N 21°5′E / 38.533°N 21.083°E / 38.533; 21.083Coordinates: 38°32′N 21°5′E / 38.533°N 21.083°E / 38.533; 21.083
Government
Country: Greece
Administrative region: West Greece
Regional unit: Aetolia-Acarnania
Municipality: Xiromero
Mayor: Erotokritos Galounis
Population statistics (as of 2011)[1]
Municipal unit
 - Population: 6,578
 - Area: 345.1 km2 (133 sq mi)
 - Density: 19 /km2 (49 /sq mi)
Community
 - Population: 2,732
Other
Time zone: EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)
Elevation (center): 1 m (3 ft)
Postal code: 300 06
Telephone: 26460
Auto: AI

Astakos (Greek: Αστακός, meaning "lobster") is a town and a former municipality in Aetolia-Acarnania, West Greece, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Xiromero, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] It is located on a bay on the eastern shore of the Ionian Sea, near the southern end of the Acarnanian Mountains. It takes its name from the ancient Acarnanian town Astacus (Ancient Greek: Ἄστακος - Astakos),[3] and was named Dragamesti in the Middle Ages.

It is 16 km southeast of Kalamos (island), 30 km southwest of Agrinio, 35 km northwest of Missolonghi and 55 km southeast of Preveza.

Subdivisions[edit]

The municipal unit Astakos is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):

  • Agrampela
  • Astakos (Astakos, Valti)
  • Bampini
  • Karaiskakis
  • Machairas
  • Chrysovitsa
  • Palaiomanina
  • Prodromos
  • Skourtou
  • Strongylovouni (Strongylovouni, Manina Vlizianon)
  • Vasilopoulo
  • Vliziana

Economy[edit]

The city has a port,able to hold ferries.The countryside mainly produces wheat,corn and few grapes.Fishing is an important source of income.

Historical population[edit]

Year Community Municipal unit
1981 2,724 -
1991 2,459 8,210
2001 2,560 7,330
2011 2,732 6,578

Persons[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Detailed census results 2011 (Greek)
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^  Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Astacus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.