is a municipality in the Thessaloniki Prefecture
, in the region of Central Macedonia
. It is located 20 km west of the city of Thessaloniki
, on the Greek National Road 1
river and the Thermaic Gulf
. The Municipality of Chalastra consists of two Municipal Departments: Chalastra and Anatoliko
. The population was 9,837 inhabitants according to the 2001
census, most of them working in agriculture
and small industry
: Χαλάστρα, Strabo
vii.; Χαλέστρη, Herod.
vii. 123; Χαλαίστρα, Plut. Alex.
iv. 10. § 17, xxxi. 10. § 46) was known as a town of Mygdonia
in ancient Macedonia
, situated on the Thermaikos gulf at the mouth of the Axios
river, which belonged to the Thracians
and possessed a harbor. (Steph. B. s.v.
) A large part of the population was absorbed in Thessaloniki
when it was founded by Cassander
. Little remains of the original town, but it is considered that its location was near modern Kulakia. Other names of the town have been Campania