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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 is located in Greece
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
Country Greece
Administrative region West Greece
Regional unit Aetolia-Acarnania
Municipality Xiromero
 • Mayor Erotokritos Galounis
 • Municipal unit 345.1 km2 (133.2 sq mi)
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 6,578
 • Municipal unit density 19/km2 (49/sq mi)
 • Population 2732
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 300 06
Area code(s) 26460
Vehicle registration 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.


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


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


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  1. ^ "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  3. ^  Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Astacus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.