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Native name:
Dokos island
Coordinates37°19?59.21?N 23°19?16.82?E / 37.3331139°N 23.3213389°E / 37.3331139; 23.3213389Coordinates: 37°19?59.21?N 23°19?16.82?E / 37.3331139°N 23.3213389°E / 37.3331139; 23.3213389
ArchipelagoSaronic Islands
Area13.537 km2 (5.227 sq mi)
Highest pointMadison
Regional unitIslands
Population18 (2011)
Pop. density1.3/km2 (3.4/sq mi)

Dokos (Greek: ) is a small Greek island of the Argo-Saronic Gulf, adjacent to Hydra, and separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait called, on some maps, "the Hydra Gulf." It is part of the municipality of Ýdra (Hydra) in Islands regional unit and reported a population of 18 persons at the 2011 census. The island is populated only by some Orthodox monks and perennial sheep herders. The island is rocky, reaching a height of 308 metres. During the ancient times it was called Aperopia ().


It has, since the ancient years, considered to be a strategic location. On the east side lie the ruins of a great Byzantine - Venetian Castle. During the Middle Ages, the island served as a refuge for Albanian settlers' animals.[1]

Dokos, according to archaeological studies, has been inhabited since Chalcolithic, 6000 BC.[] In 1975, Peter Throckmorton discovered a wreck near Dokos that has been dated to about 2150 BC, and may be the oldest shipwreck known.[2]

Historical population

Year Population
1991 8
2001 43
2011 18


  1. ^ Sutton, Susan Buck; Adams, Keith W.; Project, Argolid Exploration (2000). Contingent countryside: settlement, economy, and land use in the southern Argolid since 1700. Stanford University Press. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-8047-3315-1. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Hellenic Institute of Marine Archaeology (HIMA) Archived March 7, 2016, at the Wayback Machine

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