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Malakasi is located in Greece
Coordinates: 39°48′N 21°20′E / 39.800°N 21.333°E / 39.800; 21.333Coordinates: 39°48′N 21°20′E / 39.800°N 21.333°E / 39.800; 21.333
Country Greece
Administrative region Thessaly
Regional unit Trikala
Municipality Kalampaka
Population (2001)[1]
 • Municipal unit 2,090
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Vehicle registration ΤΚ

Malakasi (Greek: Μαλακάσι) is a village and a former municipality in the Trikala regional unit, Thessaly, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Kalampaka, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] Population 2,090 (2001). The seat of the municipality was in Panagia.

Municipal unit[edit]

The municipal unit of Malakasi includes the settlements of Korydallos, Malakasi, Panagia, Pefki and Trygona.


The village is part of the wider Zagori region,[3] between Epirus and Thessaly.


Malakasi tribe[edit]

The Malakasioi (Greek: Μαλακάσιοι) was a Vlach tribe or clan that moved from Epirus towards Thessaly with the Bouioi and Mesaritai in the 14th century. They were well armed. At the time they "lived in no town but in inaccessible places".[4] They settled the central Pindus, between Thessaly and Epirus.[5] Although Kantakouzenos called them "Albanians" they were Vlachs,[4] and according to Alain Ducellier they left due to social oppression and upheavals.[6] Their name most likely derived from the plain of Malakastra between Valona and Berat (in Albania).[4]

From 1367 to 1370, Ioannina, the capital of Toma Preljubović was under constant siege and blocked by the Mazaraki and Malakasi clans under Peter Losha.[7]

Ottoman period[edit]

During the Ottoman period,[when?] Epirus and Aetolia-Acarnania were divided into five armatolikia: Malakasi, Tzoumerka, Xeromero, Lidorikion, and Venetiko.[8][9]

In May 1871, Malakasi was the seat of the Malakasi nahiye of the Ioannina kaza.[10]


The village is inhabited by "Vlachs" (Βλαχι),[11] who are called Malakasi and inhabit the villages from Malakasi to Gardiki.[12]


  1. ^ De Facto Population of Greece Population and Housing Census of March 18th, 2001 (PDF 39 MB). National Statistical Service of Greece. 2003. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^ Dionysios A. Zakythēnos (1976). The Making of Modern Greece: From Byzantium to Independence. Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 978-0-87471-796-9. 
  4. ^ a b c Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière Hammond (1976). Migrations and invasions in Greece and adjacent areas. Noyes Press. pp. 39–42. ISBN 978-0-8155-5047-1. 
  5. ^ Kukudēs 2003, p. 89
  6. ^ Kukudēs 2003, p. 214
  7. ^ Nicol, Donald MacGillivray (1984). The Despotate of Epiros, 1267-1479: A Contribution to the History of Greece in the Middle Ages. Cambridge University Press. pp. 142–5. ISBN 9780521261906. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Apostolos Euangelou Vakalopoulos (1976). The Greek Nation, 1453-1669: The Cultural and Economic Background of Modern Greek Society. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-0810-8. 
  9. ^ Миодраг Стојановић (1984). Хајдуци и клефти у народном песништву. Српска академија наука и уметности, Балканолошки институт. p. 41. 
  10. ^ Константин Леонтьев; Анатолий Васильевич Торкунов (2003). Дипломатические донесения, письма, записки, отчеты 1865-1872. РОССПЭН. p. 319. 
  11. ^ Tom Winnifrith (1987). The Vlachs: the history of a Balkan people. Duckworth. ISBN 978-0-7156-2135-6. 
  12. ^ Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière Hammond (1967). Epirus: the Geography, the Ancient Remains, the History and Topography of Epirus and Adjacent Areas. Clarendon P.