Amari (municipality)

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Amari is located in Greece
Coordinates: 35°14′N 24°39′E / 35.233°N 24.650°E / 35.233; 24.650Coordinates: 35°14′N 24°39′E / 35.233°N 24.650°E / 35.233; 24.650
Country Greece
Administrative region Crete
Regional unit Rethymno
 • Municipality 277.3 km2 (107.1 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 5,915
 • Municipality density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
 • Population 142 (2011)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Amari (Greek: Αμάρι) is a village and a municipality in Rethymno regional unit, Crete, Greece. The seat of the municipality is the village Agia Foteini.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 277.285 km2 (107.060 sq mi).[3] One of the major geographic features of Amari is the Amari Valley, a landform of high elevation known for olive cultivation.[4] It is thought that Monastiraki was developed by Phaistos inhabitants founding a satellite center as they pushed out into the Amari Valley.[5]


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


The province of Amari (Greek: Επαρχία Αμαρίου) was one of the provinces of the Rethymno Prefecture. It had the same territory as the present municipality.[6] It was abolished in 2006.