Coordinates: 38°5′N 23°44′E / 38.083°N 23.733°E / 38.083; 23.733
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Acharnes is located in Greece
Location within the region
Coordinates: 38°5′N 23°44′E / 38.083°N 23.733°E / 38.083; 23.733
Administrative regionAttica
Regional unitEast Attica
 • MayorSpyros Vrettos (Ind.)
 • Municipality149.96 km2 (57.90 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit146.41 km2 (56.53 sq mi)
186 m (610 ft)
 • Municipality
 • Municipality density720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
136 xx
Area code(s)210
Vehicle registrationZ

Acharnes (Greek: Αχαρνές, pronounced [axarˈnes], before 1915: Μενίδι Menidi,[1] pronounced [meˈniði]) is a suburb and a municipality in Attica, Greece, in the East Attica regional unit. With 108,130 inhabitants (2021 census), it is the ninth most populous municipality in Greece. It is part of the Athens urban area.


The northern part of the municipality is covered by the forested Parnitha mountain. The southern part is in the plain of Athens, and is densely populated. The built-up area of Acharnes, in this southern part of the municipality, is continuous with that of the adjacent suburbs to the west, east and south. The centre of Acharnes is 11 kilometres (7 miles) due north of Athens city centre. The two other settlements in the municipality, Thrakomakedones and Varympompi, are situated further north, in the foothills of Parnitha. Acharnes is crossed by several important roads and railways, including Motorway 6, the Piraeus–Platy railway and the Athens Airport–Patras railway. The Acharnes Railway Center is the main railway junction of Attica; two other stations in the municipality are Acharnes railway station and Kato Acharnes railway station, both on the Piraeus–Platy railway. Acharnes is home to the Folk Art Museum of Acharnes.


Acharnes has historically been an Arvanite settlement.[2]

Acharnes was named after the deme Acharnae (Ancient Greek: Ἁχαρναί), a subdivision of Athens in classical antiquity. The Athenian playwright Aristophanes characterised the inhabitants of Acharnae as peasants in his play The Acharnians. Acharnes suffered significant damage from the 1999 Athens earthquake, being very close to the epicenter.


The municipality Acharnes was formed at the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 2 former municipalities, that became municipal units:[3]

The municipality has an area of 149.956 km2, the municipal unit 146.406 km2.[4]

Historical population[edit]

Year Municipal unit Municipality
1981 41,068 -
1991 61,352 -
2001 75,341 -
2011 100,743 106,943


Acharnes is considered by some to be an unsafe place to live since it has an alleged high crime rate, usually involving drugs, theft and gang activity.[5][6] There is also a small population of marginalized people such as Romani living in ghettos in Acharnes (approximately 4.800 people, about 4.5% of the population), that tend to be delinquents and offenders from an early age.[7][8][5][6][9]


The Folk Art Museum of Acharnes is a museum in Acharnes, a northern suburb of Athens, Greece. It was founded in 1977 by the local Greek Mountaineering Society, which also formed the Historical and Folklore Association in 1981, to which it bequeathed the museum in 1982. The archaeological part of the collection was then separated from the historical and folklore material and was given to the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. Former Minister Melina Mercouri founded for it the Archaeological Museum of Acharnes in a neoclassical building in the central square of Acharnes, which had formerly housed the local Town Hall. The same building houses the Historical and Folklore Society and its Folk Art Museum to the present time.[10][11][12][13]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Name changes of settlements in Greece
  2. ^ Hans-Jürgen Sasse (1991). Arvanitika: die albanischen Sprachreste in Griechenland. Vol. 1. p. 19. ISBN 9783447027588.
  3. ^ "ΦΕΚ A 87/2010, Kallikratis reform law text" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
  4. ^ "Population & housing census 1991 (incl. area and average elevation)" (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
  5. ^ a b Skordas, Aggelos (5 February 2020). "Ζεφύρι - Μενίδι: Οδοιπορικό στα "ξεχασμένα" γκέτο της Δυτικής Αττικής". ΤΑ ΝΕΑ (in Greek).
  6. ^ a b Sakellaridis, Miltos (5 September 2018). "Οι 7 περιοχές "γκέτο" της εγκληματικότητας στην Αττική". Ελεύθερος Τύπος (in Greek).
  7. ^ Tsitounas, Kostas (18 December 2020). "Κορονοϊός - Τρόμος στην Δυτική Αττική: Υπάρχει κίνδυνος γενικευμένης σύρραξης; Τι φοβάται η ΕΛ.ΑΣ". newsbomb (in Greek).
  8. ^ "Μενίδι: Τα γκέτο των ρομά γιγαντώθηκαν από τις τοπικές διοικήσεις και την ατιμωρισία". athensmagazine (in Greek). 10 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Μενίδι: Νέα πορεία διαμαρτυρίας των κατοίκων". CNN Greece (in Greek). 11 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Folk Art Museum of Acharnes, Acharnes". Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Folk Art Museum of Acharnes". Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  12. ^ "info | Folk Art Museum of Acharnes". Retrieved 20 March 2014.