Oichalia, Messenia

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Oichalia
Οιχαλία
Ichalia municipality
Ichalia municipality
Oichalia is located in Greece
Oichalia
Oichalia
Coordinates: 37°14′N 22°02′E / 37.233°N 22.033°E / 37.233; 22.033Coordinates: 37°14′N 22°02′E / 37.233°N 22.033°E / 37.233; 22.033
Country Greece
Administrative region Peloponnese
Regional unit Messenia
Area
 • Municipality 420.6 km2 (162.4 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 11,228
 • Municipality density 27/km2 (69/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 2,100
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Vehicle registration ΚΜ

Oichalia (Greek: Οιχαλία) is a village and a municipality in Messenia, Greece. The seat of the municipality is in Meligalas.[2] Oichalia is known for its rich expanse of olive trees and fig orchards. At its height the village boasted several cafes, a bustling farmer's market, and a popular open-air cinema run by the Limberopoulos family. Other families, such as the Hantzopoulos and Karbaliotis clans, the former a cobbler and the latter a butcher, helped make Oichalia the destination of choice for Messinians in need of footwear and quality meats.

Municipality[edit]

The municipality Oichalia was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 5 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Detailed census results 2011" (in Greek). 
  2. ^ a b Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)