Municipal union of Antirio

The name derives from the homonymous cape Rion, (that originates from the ancient Greek word “Akrotirio” meaning “Cape”). “Antirrion” actually means “opposite Rion”. It is located on a cape which separates the Gulf of Patra in the west from the Gulf of Corinth in the east. The City of Antirrio situated at the southern tip of South Nafpaktia. It belongs to the Prefecture of Aetolia-Acarnania.

Local Community of Antirrio

The ancient city of Makinia was situated near Mount Tafiassou (Klokova) toward Molikrio. It is not known when it was fully built; it may be an ancient Homeric city. Makinia was a Locric town near the border with the Aetolians but it is not known when it fell into the hands of the Aetolians. Perhaps in 338 BC, the time when Philip the II (the Macedonian King) conquered the town of Nafpaktos. The destruction of ancient Makinia took place probably due to natural causes or an earthquake, or epidemic malaria. Since then, the ancient Makieia went into decline. The traces of ancient Makyneias located northwest of the settlement Mamako of Makinia and east of St. Thomas Church, on top of the hill, called “Palaiokastro” at an altitude of 200 m. Massive hewn stones indicate the existence of a wall. The wall may reach the sea, where traces of the old port name “Keramidaki”. In the SE slope of the Acropolis there is the ancient theater, which had 14 rows of seats and perhaps used as a parliament. At the highest point of the theater there were three straight and parallel rows of studs, where they apparently sat the officials, while in front of them was a stone throne for the guest of honor. North of the theater, there are the foundations of a large temple and two columns.. The previous name of Makinia was Mamakio, located at the foot of the hill Paliokastro (200 m). Mamako appears as a settlement in 1844 and was located on a hill where now stands the church of Agios Thomas. Parish church is St. Constantine which according to a tradition was a monastery. Makinia is now a wonderful resort with beautiful beaches. To the graphic settlement of Agrapidokampos, where are thermal springs. In the northern part of the valley there is the Church of “Life Giving Spring”. To the beach of “Riza” (The name means “Root” in Greek Language, the citizens are organized the celebration of “sea bream” where sea breams are baked and a feast is taking place.