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Prefecture: Aetolia-Acarnania
Province: Nafpaktia
Location: 38° 19′ 45″ N, 21° 45′ 44″ E
Population: (1991)
 - Total
 - Density¹
 - Rank


Communes: 3

sea level
1 m(centre)
around 1,100 m
Postal code: 300 20
Area/distance code: 11-30-26340 (030-26340)
Municipal code: 0207
Car designation: ME

Antirrio (Greek: Modern, Αντίρριο, also pronounced as: a-DEE-ree-oh, Ancient/Katharevousa: -n), older spellings Antirrio, Antirrion, Antirhion, Antirion, ancient spelling: Antirrhion, Latin: Antirrhium is a community lying in a cape which has its closest distance to the Peloponnese in which the Rio-Antirio bridge can now access to the Peloponnese since August 2004 in the prefecture of Aitoloakarnania and is also a municipality. It is not the southernmost point in the prefecture. The name is a combination of Anti- and Rio. It is now bypassed to the northeast with GR-5/E55 with a junction 2 km north with GR-48/E65 (Amfissa - Antirio). Distance from the Peloponnese is 2.4 km from mainland Greece and Rio is WNW, other distances from the Peloponnese are Patras about 10 km ENE, about 209 km W of Athens and NW of Aigio, WSW of Amfissa, SW of Nafpaktos, E of Messolonghi and SE of Agrinio. The cape forms the Strait of Rio-Antirio, Strait of Rhium in ancient times, which separates the Gulf of Patras in the west and the Gulf of Corinth in the east.

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Historical population

Year Communal population Change Municipal population
1981 916 - -
1991 676 1,842/20.44% 2,531

The community has a school, a gymnasium, a church, a post office, a beach, and a square (plateia) Residential houses are lined up with the highway and the shoreline. The area is surrounded by farmland in the north and northeast and forests in the northwest.

The Port of Antirio where ferry services began in the 1960s carrying vehicles from the Peloponnese to the Mainland Greece. It was not the only harbor carrying vehicles in the area. Ferry services was almost eliminated when the new Rio-Antirio bridge opened. It was reduced to mainly vehicles that are not allowed on the bridge.

The highway is now bypassed and has tolls in the eastern part. The junction with GR-48 (Antirrio - Amfissa) was slightly west of the village.

Adjacent to the port is a lighthouse and the fortress of Antirio.

A mountain which has a few streams is in the north elevating at around 1,100 m. It is closely shaped like a pyramid but at the upper level is like a pyramid but the ridges' width is longer from north to south and the southwestern part is passed by GR-5 at 100 m above sea level. The other is in the north which is around 500 to 600 m and is mainly grassy and forested. A valley is located north of Antirio and some farms are in the southern half of that mountain especially where the boundary with Nafpaktos are located.

External links

North: Nafpaktos (NE)
West: [[]]? Antirio East: Gulf of Corinth
South: Strait of Rio-Antirio

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