From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
View of Syvota.
View of Syvota.
Syvota is located in Greece
Location within the regional unit
DE Syvoton.svg
Coordinates: 39°24′N 20°15′E / 39.400°N 20.250°E / 39.400; 20.250Coordinates: 39°24′N 20°15′E / 39.400°N 20.250°E / 39.400; 20.250
Administrative regionEpirus
Regional unitThesprotia
 • Municipal unit72.4 km2 (28.0 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
 • Municipal unit density36/km2 (94/sq mi)
 • Population875 (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Vehicle registrationΗΝ

Syvota (Greek: Σύβοτα, pronounced [ˈsivota], before 1940: Μούρτος Mourtos/Volia[2][3] pronounced [ˈmurtos]) is a village and a former municipality in Thesprotia, Epirus, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Igoumenitsa, of which it is a municipal unit.[4] The municipal unit has an area of 72.439 km2.[5] The population in 2011 was 875 for the village, and 2,640 for the municipal unit. The seat of the municipality was in Plataria.


The earliest recorded inhabitants of the region are the Thesprotians, a Greek tribe of Epirus. In antiquity, the location was called Sybota and was the site of the Battle of Sybota.

During the Middle Ages, Syvota, like the rest of Epirus, was part of the Byzantine Empire and the Despotate of Epirus. Under the Turks, it was called Mourtos.

After nearly 500 years of Ottoman rule, Syvota joined Greece in 1913, following the Balkan Wars. The coastal village of Syvota (Albanian: Murto or Vola) was home to Cham Albanians before 1944, when they were expelled for collaborating with the Axis Powers.[6] During the short term Italian occupation in Syvota (early November 1940) the village was burnt by Cham Albanian bands and Italian troops.[7]

In Polyneri of Syvota a Muslim Cham community resides (2000) and the last imam in Epirus lived in this village. The mosque was blown up by a Christian villager during the Greek dictatorship.[8]

Today, Syvota town is a well-developed resort, owing largely to the numerous pristine beaches with clear waters located on several islets immediately offshore.


The population of Syvota is 875 (as of 2011).

Year 1895 1913 1928 1940 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011
Population 1066[9] 970[10] 679[11] 883[12] 241[11] 684[11] 560[11] 575[11] 756 [13] ; 875[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. ^ "Πανδέκτης: Volia -- Mourtos". Retrieved 2022-09-23.
  4. ^ "ΦΕΚ B 1292/2010, Kallikratis reform municipalities" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
  5. ^ "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
  6. ^ Vickers, Miranda and Pettifer, James. The Albanian Question: Reshaping the Balkans. I.B. Tauris, 2007, ISBN 1-86064-974-2, p. 238.
  7. ^ Manta, Eleftheria (2009). "The Cams of Albania and the Greek State (1923–1945)". Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. 29 (4): 6. doi:10.1080/13602000903411424. S2CID 144176577. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  8. ^ Baltsiotis. The Muslim Chams of Northwestern Greec. 2011. "One of the last acts of the“cleansing of history” is the blowing up of the mosque at the village of Polyneri (ex-Koutsi,) by a (Christian) villager, during the time of the Colonels’ Dictatorship.147 A tiny Muslim community and, until recently, the last imam of Epirus still survive in this village."
  9. ^ Μιχάλης Κοκολάκης, Η τουρκική στατιστική της Ηπείρου στο Σαλναμέ του 1895, στο Τετράδια Εργασίας, τεύχος 18, Κέντρο Νεοελληνικών Ερευνών, Αθήνα 2008, σελ 310.
  10. ^ "Βασίλειον της Ελλάδος, Υπουργείον Εθνικής Οικονομίας, Διεύθυνσις Στατιστικής, Απαρίθμησις των κατοίκων των νέων επαρχιών της Ελλάδος" (PDF). 1913. p. 69. Retrieved 2 August 2015. (in Greek)
  11. ^ a b c d e Μιχαήλ Σταματελάτος - Φωτεινή Βάμβα-Σταματελάτου, Επίτομο Γεωγραφικό Λεξικό της Ελλάδος, Ερμής, Αθήνα 2001, σ. 724.
  12. ^ Kingdom of Greece - Ministry of National Economy - Hellenic Statistical Authority (1950). Πληθυσμός της Ελλάδος κατά την απογραφήν της 16 Οκτωβρίου 1940 (PDF) (in Greek). Athens: National Printing Office. p. 155.
  13. ^ Στατιστικά στοιχεία δ. Συβότων (in Greek)