Oichalia, Messenia

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Ichalia municipality
Ichalia municipality
Oichalia is located in Greece
Coordinates: 37°14′N 22°02′E / 37.233°N 22.033°E / 37.233; 22.033Coordinates: 37°14′N 22°02′E / 37.233°N 22.033°E / 37.233; 22.033
Country Greece
Administrative region Peloponnese
Regional unit Messenia
 • Municipality 420.6 km2 (162.4 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 11,228
 • Municipality density 27/km2 (69/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 2,100
 • Population 381
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Vehicle registration ΚΜ

Oichalia (Greek: Οιχαλία) is a village and a municipality in Messenia, Greece. The seat of the municipality is in Meligalas.[2] Oichalia is known for its rich expanse of olive trees and fig orchards. At its height the village boasted several cafes, a bustling farmer's market, and a popular open-air cinema run by the Limberopoulos family. Other families, such as the Hantzopoulos and Karbaliotis clans, the former a cobbler and the latter a butcher, helped make Oichalia the destination of choice for Messinians in need of footwear and quality meats.


The municipality Oichalia was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 5 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[2]


  1. ^ "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 
  2. ^ a b Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)