Information on Attica
The prefecture of Attica is the most densely populated
prefecture of Greece, where it belongs in the capital
Athens and the largest port in Greece, the port city of
Geographically the Attica Prefecture is divided into two
major subsections, the capital region and the rest of
Attica. The capital region includes the city of Athens
(Piraeus with) and bounded by the Saronic Gulf and the
mountains of Parnitha, Hymettus and Penteli, defining
the Attica basin. The extent of the capital region is
427 chlm2 covers 11.2% of the total area of the Attica
region and constantly rising standard of limits outside
the area basin.
The rest of Attica covers most of the extent of the
Region of Attica. Specifically, an area of 3,381 chlm2
and covers 88.8% of the total area of the Region.
Divided in western, northern and eastern Attica and the
rest of Piraeus prefecture where they belong by
administrative point of view Salamis, Aegina, Hydra,
Poros, Spetses, Kythera and Antikythera, and the
province Troizinias located in the Peloponnese.
Attica was the birthplace of the most important Greek
city states such as Athens, Elevsis and Megara. These
cities, together with the city states of Thebe and the
Peloponnesian states of Corinth and Sparta colonised all
the Mediterranean coast and the Black Sea between the C5th
and C6th BC. Among the colonies which were created during
this time were the cities which we know today as Nice,
Marseilles, Napoli, Syracuse and, the cradle of the
Byzantium Empire, the city of Byzantium.
Attica, for analytical purposes or centralized study informally
divided into seven zones, taking into account geographical and
socio-economic and historical nature. In Zone A includes the City of
Athens, B 'northeast Attica in the zone C' giving Southeastern
Attica and the zone D 'western Attica. In Zone C 'reveals the town
of Piraeus and F' Islands of Argosaronikos. Finally in the zone Z
'are the Mesogeia with Lavreotiki.
The zone B occupies the northeastern part of Attica, from Athens
to evvoiko bay. This zone starts from the northern suburbs of Athens
in northern and northeastern outlet from the basin, continues its
environs and reaches to coastal towns and villages in north-eastern
G zone occupies the southeastern part of Attica, which looks at
the Saronic Gulf. It starts from the southern suburbs of the basin
and runs southeast along the coastal line and saronikou perimeter of
the Hymettus, in line with the zone Lafreotikis, in the northeastern
resort of the basin.
The zone D includes regional municipalities of Athens from
Tourkovounia to the edge of Poikilou Terms on the west and northwest
outlet from the basin up and Kinetta on the west coast of Attica,
along the coastal line Thriasiou Field and kolpiskon of Elefsinos .
In Zone C lies the port of Athens, Piraeus. The city of Piraeus
consists of the modern municipality of Piraeus and regional
municipalities included in the Prefecture of Piraeus piece of land
The zone includes the F islands of Argosaronikos, from Salamis, and
port Troezena until the Kithyra and Antikithyra on the southeast
edge of Peloponissou.
In Zone G detected end of the valley Mesogeion surrounded by
mountains of Hymettus, Penteli, Paneio and the Aegean. Apart from
Paneio term reveals the Lavreotiki, in the southeastern tip of
Attica, which meets the coastal zone C to Hemittus.
From the centre of Athens the coastal cities of Elefsis and
Megara and other resorts are less than an hour away. On the
east side of Attica you can visit Marathon, the historical
site where Athenians defeated the Persians during the
Persian Wars of 490 BC.
At the southern edge of the Attica Peninsula on the cape of
Sounion, lies the famous Temple of Poseidon. If you go
there try to locate the signature of Lord Byron, carved by
him in one of the columns. From Sounion, following the east
coastline, you can visit the historical site of Vavron and
the sea resorts of Lavrion, Rafina, Nea Makri, Agios
Andreas and Skinias.
Other sea resorts worth visiting in Attica on the west
coast and on the way to Sounion are Vouliagmeni, Varkisa,
Lagonisi, Anavysos and Saronis. Near to Megara and Elevsis
on the west coast are the resorts of Megalo Pefko and
Kineta which overlook the island of Salamina and the coast
of the Peloppones