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.[1][2] It is located west of Kalymnos and Leros and east of Amorgos, 5.5 nautical miles west-southwest of Levitha.[3] It is the second westernmost island of the Dodecanese after Astypalea. Has an area of 4.5 km. The island's highest point is 296m. The population of the island according to 2011 census is 2 inhabitants. It was noted by several ancient authors including Pliny the Elder,[4] Pomponius Mela,[5] and Athenaeus.[6]

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Kinaros on the map
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


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.[7]


  1. ^ Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854) (ed. William Smith, LLD) English
  2. ^ Perseus: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities (1898) English
  3. ^ "KINAROS (Island) LEROS - GTP". Archived from the original on 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2016-02-13.
  4. ^ Pliny. Naturalis Historia. 4.12.22.
  5. ^ Pomponius Mela. De situ orbis. 2.7.
  6. ^ Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae 2.70.
  7. ^ "Hellenic Navy helicopter crashes on Kinaros during military exercise". Retrieved 13 February 2016.