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|Time zone:||EET/EEST (UTC+2/3)|
|Elevation (min-max):||186–195 m (610–640 ft)|
|Postal code:||240 03|
Kopanaki (Greek: Κοπανάκι, also: Kopanakion) is a small but scenic town and a community in northwestern Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece. It was the seat of the former municipality of Aetos and now it belongs to the municipality of Trifylia. Agriculture, specifically olive farming, is the main economic activity in the village. The community Kopanaki also includes the small villages Agios Dimitrios and Rizochori. Being the geographical and economic center of upper Trifylia, Kopanaki is well known for the "pazari" (bazaar), that takes place in the central square every Sunday and attracts further population. The messenian tradition of baking "gournopoula" (pig), started from this place, initially only on Sundays, for the visitors from far away, so they could have a hearty meal and the power to do the return trip. Now every village in the region lying on main road is selling (no matter the day) grilled gournopoula.
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Kopanaki is situated in the valley of a tributary of the small river Peristeri, between Tetrazio and Kyparissia mountains. It is 12 km east of Kalonero (on the Ionian Sea coast) and 39 km northwest of Kalamata. It is situated on the main road from Pyrgos and Kyparissia to Kalamata and on the metre gauge railway from Kalonero to Zevgolateio.
The ruins of a very ancient agricultural settlement near Kopanaki have been excavated in 1980. During the Second World War Kopanaki was one of the first places where the Greeks began an organized resistance against the Nazi invaders.
People and Culture
- Panagiotis Meltemis, (1918–1978) (born Panayiotis K. Papadopoulou), poet and a newspaper editor.
- The town is home to a soccer team (see Messenia Football Clubs Association) known as Diagoras.
- De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 793 KB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003.
- Ioannis Broustis personal page at the Wayback Machine (archived December 2, 2008)