Laganas

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Laganas

Λαγανάς
Laganas is located in Greece
Laganas
Laganas
Location within the regional unit
DE Lagana.svg
Coordinates: 37°44′N 20°51′E / 37.733°N 20.850°E / 37.733; 20.850Coordinates: 37°44′N 20°51′E / 37.733°N 20.850°E / 37.733; 20.850
CountryGreece
Administrative regionIonian Islands
Regional unitZakynthos
MunicipalityZakynthos
 • Municipal unit74.104 km2 (28.612 sq mi)
Elevation
98 m (322 ft)
Population
(2011)[1]
 • Rural
729
 • Municipal unit
6,986
 • Municipal unit density94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Laganas (Greek: Λαγανάς) is a village and a former municipality on the island of Zakynthos, Ionian Islands, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Zakynthos, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit Laganas covers the southernmost part of Zakynthos. Its municipal seat was the town of Pantokratoras (pop. 925 in 2011). The municipal unit of Laganas has a land area of 74.104 km².[3] Its largest towns are Mouzaki (pop. 1,702), Lithakia (pop. 1,307), Pantokratoras, Kalamaki (pop. 890), Laganas (pop. 729), and Keri (pop. 469). The central and eastern part of the municipal unit are flat, but there are hills up to 450 m elevation in the west. The Zakynthos International Airport lies in the eastern part of the municipal unit, near Kalamaki. The beach village Laganas, part of the community of Pantokratoras, is on the southeastern coast. A large part of Laganas is a national park, established for the protection of turtles.

History[edit]

The name "Laganas" comes from the Greek word "yoke" meaning "wireybuzz", referring to the former manufacture of pottery in the area of Lithakia and Kalamaki. Laganas suffered great damage from the 1953 Ionian earthquake.

Population[edit]

Year Population village Population municipal unit
1991 233 4,303
2001 543 5,894
2011 729 6,986

Laganas attractions[edit]

Lagana beach

An attraction of Laganas is the migration of the loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta). Each year during the months of June, July and August the turtles migrate to the Bay of Laganas to lay their eggs on the beach. This is a protected beach which is watched over by ecologists at all times.

Laganas is a party destination in Europe for 18-30s visitors.[citation needed] The town has many nightclubs, restaurants and local souvenir shops. Laganas is popular among young British, Serbian, Dutch, Swedish and German tourists.[citation needed]. Laganas is home to over 100 bars and clubs[4] and is busiest during the summer months of June, July & August.[5]

Subdivisions[edit]

The municipal unit Laganas is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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 18th March 2001 (Usual Resident Population: (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). Pireas: National Statistical Service of Greece. 2009. ISSN 1106-5761. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Zante Strip | Zante". www.thisiszante.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  5. ^ "Zante 18-30 Guides - Q & A | Project Zante". projectzante.com. Retrieved 2017-11-18.

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