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37°56′N 23°30′E

COORDINATES

95 km²

AREA

105 kms.

COAST LENGTH

39.283

POPULATION

(+) 210

TELEPHONE CODE

18900

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GMT +2:00

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Salamina (town)

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Salamina

At a distance of less than 2 nautical miles off the coast of Attica, Salamina is the closest island to Athens. Due to its close proximity from the capital of Greece, the island is a popular weekend destination for the Athenians. Although Salamina is not as picturesque as the rest of the Saronic Islands, it is worth a visit if you are in Athens and have some free time. The island features rich history, magnificent cultural heritage and some very interesting archaeological and religious sites. Moreover, it boasts a post-byzantine Monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary, two interesting museums and a rich network of trails for nature lovers. Salamina has some lovely beaches to explore, especially on the south coast, and plenty of taverns where you can taste fresh sea food and other delicious Greek dishes.

Salamina was the birthplace of the Homeric king Aiades (Ajax) and the ancient Athenian playwright Euripides, also the place where it took place the Great Battle of Salamina in 480 BCE, between the Greek and the Persian Navy, which set the stage for the flourishing of the Golden Age. The excavations carried out on the island have revealed many significant finds, including the Cave of Euripides, the Mycenaean Acropolis at Kanakia, the Kingdom of Ajax and the Sanctuary of Dionysus. Unlike any other Greek island, Salamina has its own identity and fans. With so much history and such an easy access from the mainland, it is a great place to explore, so consider adding it to your bucket list next time you visit Athens.

Salamina or Salamis is the largest Greek island in the Saronic Gulf and the closest to Athens.

According to the myth, the name Salamina (Salamis) was given to the island by Kychreas in honor of his mother Salamis, one of the five daughters of the river god Asopos.

The island is well known for the Battle of Salamina, a naval battle that took place there in 480 BC between an alliance of Greek city-states under Themistocles, and the Persian Empire under King Xerxes.

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  • 20 Jul 2024

    The Feast of Prophet Elias

  • 06 Aug 2024

    The Feast of the Savior

  • 15 Aug 2024

    The Feast of Our Lady