Astakos

Astakos (Greek: Αστακός, meaning "lobster") is a town and a former municipality in Aetolia-Acarnania, West Greece, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it has been part of the municipality Xiromero, of which it is a municipal unit.[2] The municipal unit has an area of 345.099 km2.[3] It is located on a bay on the eastern shore of the Ionian Sea, near the southern end of the Acarnanian Mountains. It takes its name from the ancient Acarnanian town Astacus (Ancient Greek: ἌστακοςAstakos),[4] and was named Dragamesti in the Middle Ages. It is speculated to be the site of ancient Dulichium.

Astakos

Αστακός
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Astakos is located in Greece
Astakos
Astakos
Location within the regional unit
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Coordinates: 38°32′N 21°5′E / 38.533°N 21.083°E / 38.533; 21.083Coordinates: 38°32′N 21°5′E / 38.533°N 21.083°E / 38.533; 21.083
CountryGreece
Administrative regionWest Greece
Regional unitAetolia-Acarnania
MunicipalityXiromero
 • Municipal unit345.1 km2 (133.2 sq mi)
Elevation
10 m (30 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Municipal unit
6,578
 • Municipal unit density19/km2 (49/sq mi)
Community
 • Population2,732 (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
300 06
Area code(s)26460
Vehicle registrationAI

It is 16 km southeast of Kalamos (island), 30 km southwest of Agrinio, 35 km northwest of Missolonghi and 55 km southeast of Preveza.

SubdivisionsEdit

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

EconomyEdit

The city has a port able to hold ferries. The countryside mainly produces wheat, corn and few grapes. Fishing is an important source of income.

Historical populationEdit

Year Community Municipal unit
1981 2,724
1991 2,459 8,210
2001 2,560 7,330
2011 2,732 6,578

Noteworthy PeopleEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  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 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^   Smith, William, ed. (1854–1857). "Astacus". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London: John Murray.
  5. ^ Gates of Fire (novel), Chapter 1.