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Lefkimmi (Greek: Λευκίμμη, also known as Alefkimmo) is a town and a former municipality on the island of Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Corfu, of which it is a municipal unit.[1] Its land area is 50.819 km² and its population was 6,704 at the 2001 census. Lefkimmi is the southernmost municipal unit on the island. Tourism is its main industry along with agriculture and other businesses. It also features beaches, restaurants, taverns and hotels. The 20th meridian is to the west. It also features shops and a street canal in which are surrounded by a walkway. It also has a cape to the north known by the same name. The municipal seat was the town of Lefkímmi (pop. 3,517). Its next largest towns are Kávos (pop. 847), Palaiochóri (617), Vitaládes (475), and Kritiká (426).


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Subdivisions

The municipal unit Lefkimmi is subdivided into the following communities (constituent villages in brackets):

Ano Lefkimmi (Molos)
Lefkimmi (Lefkimmi, Kavos)
Neochori (Neochori, Dragotina, Kritika, Palaiochori, Spartera)
Vitalades (Vitalades, Gardenos)


Population
Year Village Municipal district Municipality
1981 2,509 - -
1991 3,471 - -
2001 3,517 4,364 6,704

Geography

A few farmlands are around the area. The mountains that are mainly filled with grasslands and rocks covers around the area, forests are found mainly in low lying areas. The Ionian Sea are on both sides.

Attractions

Agios Gordis Beach - a beach 3 km from Kavos

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Traditional Fashion

History

The area was ruled by the Venetians until 1797, it was ruled by the French, the Russians, it became the Septinsular Republic but it was again occupied by the French, it was later joined Great Britain and became the United States of the Ionian Islands. In 1804, 1,300 refugees from Souli arrived in Lefkimmi, the remainder were soldiers. In the 19th century, Neochoraki as inhabited by Albanians. It finally joined Greece in 1864. After World War II and the Greek Civil War, the whole town was rebuilt by the mid to late 1950s. The village population boomed later on especially between 1981 and 1991 but almost slowed between 1991 and 2001. On June 29, Lefkimmi was struck by two earthquakes that measured 5.9 on the Richter scale in the evening hours, another one shook at 1 am. Only minor damages were reported and in villages, no injuries were reported.

Other

Lefkimmi has schools, a few lyceums (middle schools), and its gymnasium (secondary school), churches, banks, and a square (plateia).

See also

List of settlements in the Corfu prefecture

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