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Palairos is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
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Coordinates: 38°48′N 20°53′E / 38.800°N 20.883°E / 38.800; 20.883Coordinates: 38°48′N 20°53′E / 38.800°N 20.883°E / 38.800; 20.883
Country Greece
Administrative region West Greece
Regional unit Aetolia-Acarnania
Municipality Aktio-Vonitsa
 • Municipal unit 205.8 km2 (79.5 sq mi)
Elevation 23 m (75 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit 4,383
 • Municipal unit density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
 • Population 2,729 (2011)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Palairos (Greek: Πάλαιρος) is an ancient city and a modern town in Aetolia-Acarnania, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform Palairos is part of the municipality Aktio-Vonitsa, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 205.843 km2.[3] The municipal unit was formed as the independent municipality Kekropia in 1994 from the former communities Palairos and Pogonia, and was expanded with the former communities Vatos, Plagia and Peratia as a part of the 1997 Kapodistrias reform. The name was changed to Palairos in 2004.[4]


Αρχαία Πάλαιρος, η κύρια πύλη σταη Ν.Δ. πλευρά της οχύρωσης - panoramio.jpg

Palairos was a city of ancient Greece, situated in the southern part of the region of Epirus.[5] During antiquity it was part of Acarnania, according to the Theodorokoi. The city, ruinous for centuries, is thought to have existed during the Mycenean period, since parts of the city walls appear to date back to 2000 B.C. The construction of the walls interchanges between the square-shaped and the polygonal system and the parts belong to different periods.

Epirus in antiquity

It lies high in the mountains overlooking the Ionian sea and Lake Vourkaria. The city is thought to have had a population of over 10,000 people.

At nearby Actium, Mark Antony and Cleopatra were defeated in a sea battle by Octavius. According to tradition, the salt lake was the saviour of Cleopatra, who hid her ships there.

The citadel on the eastern part of the yard is separated by a partition and is considered to be the most ancient part of the wall, probably from the Mycenean period. The ruins are close to the present-day town of Palairos.


  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (in Greek)
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. 
  4. ^ EETAA local government changes
  5. ^ An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis: An Investigation Conducted by The Copenhagen Polis Centre for the Danish National Research Foundation by Mogens Herman Hansen,2005,page 368

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