Municipality of Nafpaktia

Municipality of Nafpaktia

The Municipality of Nafpaktia is a municipality in the Region of Western Greece established with the implementation of the “Kallikrates Program” by the combination of pre-existing Municipalities of Apodotia, Nafpaktos, Platanos, Pilini, Antirio and Chalkia. Nafpaktia invites you to discover it and be fascinated! From the most secluded beach to the most remote mountaintop will experience the beauty of the place and see the unique combination of modern city and traditional village.

In the following video, you can see some important places from Nafpaktia.

Municipal union of Nafpaktos
Former City of Lepanto situated in the southern and eastern parts of the geographical unit of South Nafpaktia. Nafpaktos city is “the Bride of Corinthian Golf” as her feet touch the sea. The old city is built on a picturesque wooded hill surrounded by Castle Walls. The new city is spread out on either side of the fortified hill. The archaeological excavations have shown that human life begins in Nafpaktos around 3,000 BC.

Municipal union of Antirio
The name was derived from the homonymous cape Rion, (for the ancient Greek word “Akrotirio” which means “Cape”). That way, at the opposite side to the Achaean “Rion”, there is “Antirion”. The City of Antirio situated at the southern tip of the geographical unit of South Nafpaktia.

Municipal union of Apodotia
The name of the city came from the ancient people “Apodoti” who inhabited to the southwestern continuation of Vardousia Mountains and the Valley of Mornos River. The place has been inhabited since prehistoric times without interruption. This is obvious from the ancient ruins found in almost all villages and places names, such as: Ellinika (from Greece), Marmara (Marbles), Paliohori (Old village).

Municipal union of Platanos
The history of the former Municipality of Platanos starts in 1836 under the name “City of Proschio”. The City of Proschio took its name from an ancient coin found in the position of Kastraki Achladokastrou, former Artotiva, with the inscription “Proschio”. It is one of the most mountainous municipalities throughout the Roumeli region, which cross the rivers Evinos and Mornos.

Municipal union of Pilini
The name of the city came from the prehistoric city “Pilini” mentioned by Homer in the list of the Aetolians cities took part in the Trojan war under the commands of the Aitolian King “Thoas”. From West lies the Evinos River, which separates Pilini from the municipality of Thermo and the province of Trichonis. The landscape alternates between mountains and flat terrains, through picturesque canyons formed by the waters of rivers (Evinos, Kotsalos, Poriaris) and an array of colorful mountains.

Municipal union of Chalkia
The name originated from the ancient port town of Aetolia, “Chalcis”. The name of the town is believed to have originated from the vulture Chalkindi who lived in the region or the fact that the region has the color of copper (Chalkos in the Greek Language). The city is located in the SW tip of South Nafpaktia geographical unit. Western border is the City of Missolonghi and Eastern border are the former municipalities of Antirio and Nafpaktos. North border is the river Evinos and South border the Gulf of Patras.

Local Community of Makinia
The ancient city of Makinia was situated near Mount Tafiassos (Klokova) toward Molikrio. It is not known when it was fully built; it may be an ancient Homeric city. Makinia was a Locric town near the border with the Aetolians but it is not known when it fell into the hands of the Aetolians. Perhaps in 338 BC, the time when Philip the II (the Macedonian King) conquered the town of Nafpaktos. The destruction of ancient Makinia took place probably due to natural causes or an earthquake, or epidemic malaria. Since then, the ancient Makieia went into decline. The traces of ancient Makyneias located northwest of the settlement Mamako of Makinia and east of St. Thomas Church, on top of the hill, called “Palaiokastro” at an altitude of 200 m. Massive hewn stones indicate the existence of a wall. The wall may reach the sea, where traces of the old port name “Keramidaki”. In the SE slope of the Acropolis there is the ancient theater, which had 14 rows of seats and perhaps used as a parliament. At the highest point of the theater there were three straight and parallel rows of studs, where they apparently sat the officials, while in front of them was a stone throne for the guest of honor. North of the theater, there are the foundations of a large temple and two columns.. The previous name of Makinia was Mamakio, located at the foot of the hill Paliokastro (200 m). Mamako appears as a settlement in 1844 and was located on a hill where now stands the church of Agios Thomas. Parish church is St. Constantine which according to a tradition was a monastery. Makinia is now a wonderful resort with beautiful beaches. To the graphic settlement of Agrapidokampos, where are thermal springs. In the northern part of the valley there is the Church of “Life Giving Spring”. To the beach of “Riza” (The name means “Root” in Greek Language, the citizens are organized the celebration of “sea bream” where sea breams are baked and a feast is taking place.