For other uses, see Elos (disambiguation).

Coordinates: 36°50′N 22°42′E / 36.833°N 22.700°E / 36.833; 22.700Coordinates: 36°50′N 22°42′E / 36.833°N 22.700°E / 36.833; 22.700
Country Greece
Administrative region Peloponnese
Regional unit Laconia
Municipality Evrotas
  Municipal unit 117.6 km2 (45.4 sq mi)
Elevation 15 m (49 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Municipal unit 5,718
  Municipal unit density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 230 55
Area code(s) 27350
Vehicle registration ΑΚ

Elos (Greek: Έλος, before 1930: Δουραλί - Dourali[2]) is a village and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Evrotas, of which it is a municipal unit.[3] The municipal unit has an area of 117.577 km2.[4] The population of the village was 742 people in 2011. It had its own primary school until 2012. The municipal unit has 5,718 inhabitants. The seat of the municipality was in Vlachioti. The inhabitants work as farmers producing oranges and olive oil. The municipal unit has a coastline on the Laconian Gulf. The Evrotas River is west of Elos. The name dates back to ancient times. It is located West of Monemvasia, East of Gytheio and Southeast of Sparta.


Pausanias mentions a seaside city near Sparta called Helos, whose inhabitants were enslaved and became the helots.[5] Helos was founded by Helios, the younger son of Perseus.[5] The city was reduced by siege by the Dorians, and their inhabitants became the first slaves of the Lacedemonian state.[5]

Historical population

Year Community Municipal unit
1981 756 -
1991 824 5,992
2001 920 6,452
2011 742 5,718

See also


  1. "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. Name changes of settlements in Greece
  3. Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)
  4. "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
  5. 1 2 3 Description of Greece, 3.20.6, by Pausanias (geographer)

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