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Acharnes is located in Greece
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Country Greece
Administrative region Attica
Regional unit East Attica
 • Mayor Sotiris Douros (Ind.)
 • Municipality 149.0 km2 (57.5 sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 146.4 km2 (56.5 sq mi)
Elevation 186 m (610 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Municipality 106,943
 • Municipality density 720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
 • Municipal unit 100,743
 • Municipal unit density 690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 136 xx
Area code(s) 210
Vehicle registration Z

Acharnes (Greek: Αχαρνές, before 1915: Μενίδι Menidi[2]) is a suburban town in Attica, Greece. With 106,943 inhabitants (2011 census), it is the most populous municipality in East Attica. It is part of the Athens metropolitan area.


The northern part of the municipality is covered by the forested Parnitha mountains. 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–Kiato railway. The Acharnes Railway Center is the main railway junction of Attica.

Acharnes is home to the Folk Art Museum of Acharnes.


Acharnes was named after the deme Acharnae (Ancient Greek: Ἁχαρναί), a subdivision of Attica 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]

Historical population

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

Sporting teams

See also


  1. "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)