Kinaros (Greek: Κίναρος; Latin: Cinarus or Cinara; Italian: Zinari), is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea, named after the artichoke (kinara) which it produced.[2][3] It is located west of Kalymnos and Leros and east of Amorgos, 5.5 nautical miles west-southwest of Levitha.[4] It is the second westernmost island of the Dodecanese after Astypalea, and has an area of 4.5 km². The island's highest point is 296m. It was noted by several ancient authors including Pliny the Elder,[5] Pomponius Mela,[6] and Athenaeus.[7]

Native name:
Kinaros is located in Greece
Coordinates36°58′49″N 26°17′23″E / 36.98028°N 26.28972°E / 36.98028; 26.28972Coordinates: 36°58′49″N 26°17′23″E / 36.98028°N 26.28972°E / 36.98028; 26.28972
Population1 (2020)[1]
Kinaros on the map


The population of the island according to the 2003 census had 2 inhabitants.[8] The islands last inhabitants were a family that returned from Australia and earned a living by raising livestock, out of whom only one member remains as of 2003.[9][10][1]


On 11 February 2016, a Greek Navy Agusta-Bell AB212 PN28 helicopter crashed on the island of Kinaros during a night training mission, killing all three officers aboard.[11]


  1. ^ a b "The sort and simple story of lovely Eirini who lives alone in Kinaros (original: Η σύντομη και απλή ιστορία της υπέροχης Ειρήνης που ζει μόνη στην Κίναρο". LIFO. 2 January 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  2. ^ Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD) English
  3. ^ Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898) English
  4. ^ "KINAROS (Island) LEROS - GTP". Archived from the original on 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2016-02-13.
  5. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. Vol. 4.12.22.
  6. ^ Pomponius Mela. De situ orbis. Vol. 2.7.
  7. ^ Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae 2.70.
  8. ^ «ΦΕΚ αποτελεσμάτων ΜΟΝΙΜΟΥ πληθυσμού», σελ. 10840 (pdf σελ. 366) α/α 17816, και σε μορφή Excel «Πίνακας αποτελεσμάτων ΜΟΝΙΜΟΥ Πληθυσμού-Απογραφής 2011» στην ιστοσελίδα της ΕΛΣΤΑΤ. Αρχειοθετήθηκε 24/11/2017. Ανακτήθηκε 9/1/2018
  9. ^ "Έκοψαν το επίδομα στην κυρά της Κινάρου και της ζητούν και νοίκι! |". Neos Kosmos. 11 March 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Έφυγε από τη ζωή ο ακρίτας της Κινάρου". Rodiaki. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Hellenic Navy helicopter crashes on Kinaros during military exercise". Retrieved 13 February 2016.