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For the village in northern Greece, see Dokos, Rhodope.
Native name: Δοκός
Dokos island
Coordinates 37°19′59.21″N 23°19′16.82″E / 37.3331139°N 23.3213389°E / 37.3331139; 23.3213389Coordinates: 37°19′59.21″N 23°19′16.82″E / 37.3331139°N 23.3213389°E / 37.3331139; 23.3213389
Archipelago Saronic Islands
Area 13 km2 (5.0 sq mi)
Region Attica
Regional unit Islands
Population 18 (2011)
Pop. density 1 /km2 (3 /sq mi)

Dokos (Greek: Δοκός) is a small Greek island of the Argo-Saronic Gulf, adjacent to Hydra, and separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait called on some maps "the Hydra Gulf." It is part of the municipality of Ýdra (Hydra) in Islands regional unit and reported a population of 18 persons at the 2011 census. The island is populated only by some Orthodox monks and perennial sheep herders. The island is rocky reaching a height of 308 metres.


It has since the ancient years considered to be a strategic location. On the east side lie the ruins of a great Byzantine - Venetian Castle. During the Middle Ages the island served as a refuge for Albanian settlers' animals.[1]

Dokos, according to archaeological studies, has been inhabited since the era of copper, 6000 BC.[citation needed] In 1975 Peter Throckmorton discovered a wreck near Dokos that has been dated to about 2150 BC, and may be the oldest shipwreck known.[2]

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1991 8
2001 43
2011 18


  1. ^ Sutton, Susan Buck; Adams, Keith W.; Project, Argolid Exploration (2000). Contingent countryside: settlement, economy, and land use in the southern Argolid since 1700. Stanford University Press. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-8047-3315-1. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology (HIMA)

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