- Achira, Greece
Achira or Akhira, also Ahira, Achyra, Ahyra and Akhyra ( _el. Αχυρά) is a village (settlement) in the
Medeonmunicipality, Aetolia-Acarnania, Greece. Its population as of the 2001 census was 88. [ [http://www.statistics.gr/gr_tables/S1101_SAP_1_TB_DC_01_03_Y.pdf] .El icon Data from the 2001 census, at the National Statistical Service of Greece (ΕΣΥΕ), www.statistics.gr]
Achyra is located east of
Lefkada, southeast of Preveza, west of Katouna, northwest of Agrinioand Athensand nearly of Messolongi
Achira was ruled by the Ottoman Turks until it became a part of
Greeceafter the Greek War of Independence. It adopted its current name in the early 20th century in order to no longer remind of a name during the Turkish rule. After World War IIand the Greek Civil War, its buildings were rebuilt and emigration occurred at a higher rate. Achira gained asphalted streets in the 1960s, and additional roadways were added in the late 20th century. Electricity, radio and automobiles were introduced in the mid-20th century, television in the late-20th century and computer and internet at the turn of the millennium. In the late-1990s, the ex-community (now a village) joined to become the newly formed municipality of Medeon.
Its main economy is agriculture, its main production includes olives, cattle, fruits, vegetables and other crops.
Achira has a school for the entire municipal district (the former community), a church, a post office, and a square ("
plateia"). Its nearest gymnasium (middle school), lyceum (secondary school) are in the municipal seat.
List of places in the Achaia prefecture
* [http://www.gtp.gr/LocPage.asp?id=4096 Achira at the GTP Travel Pages]
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