Coordinates: 38°55′N 20°53′E / 38.917°N 20.883°E / 38.917; 20.883
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Vonitsa is located in Greece
Coordinates: 38°55′N 20°53′E / 38.917°N 20.883°E / 38.917; 20.883
Administrative regionWest Greece
Regional unitAetolia-Acarnania
Municipal unitAnaktorio
 • Community4,264
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Vonitsa (Greek: Βόνιτσα) is a town in the northwestern part of Aetolia-Acarnania in Greece, seat of the municipality of Aktio-Vonitsa. The beach town is situated on the south coast of the Ambracian Gulf, and is dominated by a Venetian fortress on a hill. Vonitsa is 13 kilometres (8 miles) southeast of Preveza, 18 kilometres (11 miles) northeast of Lefkada (city) and 90 kilometres (56 miles) northwest of Agrinio. The Greek National Road 42 (Lefkada - Amfilochia) passes through Vonitsa.


  • Vonitsa proper
  • Aktio, the ancient Actium
  • Nea Kamarina


Vonitsa is built near the site of ancient Anactorium, an important city of Acarnania, founded by the Corinthians in 630 BC. Like the other cities of Acarnania, it went into decline when the Romans founded Nicopolis on the other side of the Ambracian Gulf after the Battle of Actium, and forced its inhabitants to move to that city. Modern Vonitsa was founded during the Byzantine era. Vonitsa was controlled by the Republic of Venice between 1684 and 1797. After the Greek War of Independence, the town became a part of the Kingdom of Greece in 1832.

On 18th October 1862 the insurrection that later spread to Athens and lead to the overthrow of King Otto of Greece, started in Vonitsa.


Year Town Community
1981 3,836 -
1991 4,037 -
2001 3,840 4,081
2011 4,703 4,916
2021 4,052 4,264

International relations[edit]

Vonitsa is twinned with:

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  1. ^ "Αποτελέσματα Απογραφής Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2021, Μόνιμος Πληθυσμός κατά οικισμό" [Results of the 2021 Population - Housing Census, Permanent population by settlement] (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. 29 March 2024.
  2. ^ "Twinnings" (PDF). Central Union of Municipalities & Communities of Greece. Retrieved 2013-08-25.