Mathraki

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Mathraki
Mathraki is located in Greece
Mathraki
Mathraki
Location within the regional unit
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Coordinates: 39°46′N 19°31′E / 39.767°N 19.517°E / 39.767; 19.517Coordinates: 39°46′N 19°31′E / 39.767°N 19.517°E / 39.767; 19.517
CountryGreece
Administrative regionIonian Islands
Regional unitCorfu
MunicipalityCentral Corfu and Diapontia Islands
 • Municipal unit3.532 km2 (1.364 sq mi)
Highest elevation
152 m (499 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit
329
 • Municipal unit density93/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
491 00
Area code(s)26630
Vehicle registrationΚΥ
Websitemathraki.net

Mathraki (Greek: Μαθράκι, Ancient Greek: Μαθράκιον) is an island and a former community of the Ionian Islands, Greece. It is one of the Diapontia Islands. Since the 2019 local government reform it is part of the municipality of Central Corfu and Diapontia Islands, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 3.532 km2.[3] Population 329 (2011). Mathraki is a 45-minute boat ride off the coast of Corfu (4 NM from Cape Arilas). It has three restaurants that double as general stores, villas and "rooms to let". Mathraki is a quiet island that manages to stay clear of tourists except for the occasional hikers that brave the rocky coastline. The municipal unit includes the three nearby islets Diakopo, Diaplo and Tracheia.

History[edit]

Mathraki was inhabited since the 16th century by settlers from the nearby islands of Paxoi and Othonoi. The origin of its name is unknown, but according to a popular tradition, derives from anthrakia, because in the past the island had been burnt.[4] It became part of Greece in 1864, when the Ionian islands were ceded to Greece by the British. Today it is a serene and tranquil place for holidays. In 2021 the only elementary school of the island re-opened after 21 years with only one student.[5]

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
2001 297
2011 329

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ "Τροποποίηση του άρθρου 1 του ν. 3852/2010" [Amendment of Article 1 of l. 3852/2010] (in Greek). Government Gazette. p. 1164.
  3. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21.
  4. ^ "Στο λιμάνι της γαλήνης". kathimerini.gr. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  5. ^ IEFIMERIDA.GR, NEWSROOM (2021-09-15). "Ανοιξε μετά από 21 χρόνια το σχολείο στο νησί Μαθράκι, με έναν μαθητή, τον Τάσο -Συγκίνηση στον αγιασμό [βίντεο] | ΕΛΛΑΔΑ". iefimerida.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 2021-09-15.

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