|Municipality||Nikaia-Agios Ioannis Rentis|
|• Municipal unit||6.649 km2 (2.567 sq mi)|
|Elevation||40 m (130 ft)|
|• Municipal unit||89,380|
|• Municipal unit density||13,000/km2 (35,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
Nikaia (Greek: Νίκαια, Níkaia), known before 1940 as Kokkinia (Κοκκινιά, Kokkiniá), is a town and a suburb of the Piraeus agglomeration, in the southwestern part of the Athens urban area, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Nikaia-Agios Ioannis Rentis in the regional unit of Piraeus, and it is the seat and a municipal unit of the municipality.
Nikaia is located 2.5 km (1.6 mi) north of Piraeus, and 7 km (4 mi) west of central Athens. The municipal unit has an area of 6.649 km2. The main streets are Gregori Lambraki Street and Petrou Ralli Street.
Nikaia, like many other places around Greece, owes its population eruption to Greek refugees who were forced out of Asia Minor after the 1919-1922 Greco-Turkish war ended. It was part of the municipality of Piraeus until 1933, when it became a separate municipality, then still under the name Nea Kokkinia. It was renamed to Nikaia in 1940.
The 8th International Tournament of Nikaia, a chess tournament, took place between August 19 and 27, 2000. The Greek Weightlifting Grand Prix took place in Nikaia on December 9 and 10, 2003.
Nikaia has four sport clubs with important history. These are Proodeftiki with a great successful history in the football, Ionikos Nikaias with successful departments in the football (Ionikos Nikaias F.C.) and basketball (Ionikos Nikaias B.C.), A.E. Nikaias and Aris Nikaias.
|Sport clubs based in Nikaia|
|Proodeftiki||1927||Football, Basketball||Long-time presence in Superleague|
|Chalkidona F.C.||1930||Football||Earlier presence in Superleague|
|Ionikos Nikaias||1965||Football, Basketball, Water Polo||Long-time presence in Superleague (taking part in the 1999-2000 UEFA Cup), earlier presence in A1 Basketball|
|Aris Nikaias||1973 (refounded)||Basketball, Handball, Water Polo||Panhellenic titles in women handball|
|A.E. Nikaias||1974 (refounded)||Football , Volleyball||One Greek cup in volleyball|
Sites of interest
- Klimakia Gallery
- Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall, a hall which was used for weightlifting in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Website
- Platon National Sports Centre
- Nikaia Municipal Gymnasium for Proodeftiki
- Neapoli Stadium for Ionikos FC
- Katrakeio Theater, an open-air theater dedicated to Manos Katrakis
- "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
- Name changes of settlements in Greece
- "ΦΕΚ B 1292/2010, Kallikratis reform municipalities" (in Greek). Government Gazette.
- "Population & housing census 2001 (incl. area and average elevation)" (PDF) (in Greek). National Statistical Service of Greece.
- "EETAA local government changes". Retrieved 29 June 2020.