History of Salamis Island

According to myth, the island was name “Salamina” by the legendary King Kychreas as a tribute to his mother, Salamina, Aegina’s sister, and one of the 50 daughters of the River God Assopos.

In ancient times, Salamina was also known as “Pityoussa” (Pine tree smothered), also as “Skyras” (after the legendary ancient hero Skyros) and “Kychreia” (after King Kychreas). Moreover, even in ancient times, the island was also known as “Koulouri” after Cape Kolouris (now known as “Pounta”) at which an ancient settlement and port were built in the 4th century B.C.