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Administrative Region : West Greece
Regional unit : Ilia

Lechaina (Greek: Λεχαινά) is a town and a former municipality in Elis, West Greece, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Andravida-Kyllini, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[1] It is situated 39 km north of the city of Pyrgos, and 60 km southwest of Patras. As of 2001, its population was around 6,300.


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Geography, features, and information

The area is mostly flat (the highest point is about 40 m), and the main land use is agriculture. The lagoon Kotychi, connected with the Ionian sea, is located in the northern part of Lechaina. Lechaina has a railway station on the line Patras-Kalamata. The principal streams are Andravida Creek and Melissos. The Greek National Road 9 Patras-Pylos runs through Lechaina.

Lechaina has one highschool, and a school near the road that connects the beach and Lechaina.

Subdivisions

The municipal unit Lechaina is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):
Municipal district Population (2001 census) Elevation (m) Coordinates
Lechaina (incl. Agioi Theodoroi, Agios Panteleimonas and Katarrachi) 3,837 5 37.938°N 21.263°E
Agios Charalampos 93 120 37.941°N 21.402°E
Areti 499 5 37.975°N 21.303°E
Borsi 381 165 37.927°N 21.438°E
Melissa 328 100 37.950°N 21.373°E
Myrsini 1,196 3 37.922°N 21.237°E

History

Mid 20th century, an irrigation project increased agricultural production of Lechaina. Forest fires have caused damage in Lechaina, especially in 1993 and 2001. The 2008 Peloponnese earthquake also caused damage in Lechaina.

Population history
Year Town population Municipality population
1981 3,200 -
1991 3,137 5,625
2001 3,837 6,334

Notable people

Andreas Karkavitsas, writer

See also

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