Salamina Island

Information about Salamina Island

(Area: 95 sq km – Coastline: 104 km – I.s. 375 m).
Less than a mile from the mainland lies the island of Salamis or Salamina as it is called
today. This is the home of the mythical hero Ajax and also of the great ancient playwright
Euripides. The island became famous through the historic naval battle of 480 BC, when the
Greeks destroyed the fleet of the invading Persians.
Only a few traces of the island’s past can be seen today. Near Jlmbelakia are the remains
of an ancient town and harbour. The remnants of another ancient settlement can be  seen in
Kolones near Peristeria. Recently,  archaeologists discovered that a cave near Peristeria was
the site where Euripides wrote some of his great theatrical plays 2,500 years ago.
The historic Panaghia Faneromerd Monastery (Tel. 210 4681861) is worth a visit, lying on
the north-western tip of the island, and is  famous  for its precious  frescoes. Another
monastery of historic significance is the Aghios Nikolaos Lemonion (Tel. 210 4662380) on the
road to KanaMa, while the Aghios Dimitrios Church (Tel. 210 4653972) in Salamina Town (the
island’s capital) is renowned for its precious icons and decoration. Visitors to Salamina can
also see the small Archaeological Museum (Tel. 210 4653572) with finds from the island’s
excavations, as well as the Folklore & Historical Museum of Salamina  (Tel. 210 4654180)
featuring costumes, artefacts, paintings and other exhibits. Both museums are located in the
island’s capital.
Frequent bus services from the port of Paloukia will bring visitors to all parts of the island
(for information call 210 4671333 or 210 4677278).
Beaches: There are several beaches on Salamina such as Diakti to north-west as well as
Kanakia and Peristeria to the south-west.

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