Kymi. Kymi is one of the most popular cities on the island of Evia. Kymi is situated 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Chalkis and has about 4,000 people. It consists of two parts, one part is located on a hill, 250 meters (820 feet) high, and is called “the balcony of the Aegean.” The other part lies four kilometers (2.5 miles) along the sea, and includes the port of Kymi. At the harbor are many restaurants and cafes. From the part of town on the hill, there is a fantastic view to the sea and the port of Kymi. The center is very busy, and around the main church are all kinds of shops and terraces. Next to the church is a statue of the famous doctor Georgios Papanikolaou who was born here. He is known as the inventor of the PAP test. Kymi is a historic city. The inhabitants of Kymi were among the first Greeks who founded colonies outside Greece. They founded the very prosperous city of Kymi in the Campania region in Italy, known as Cuma Campania. Later, when this city was destroyed after an eruption of the volcano Vesuvius, residents of Kymi founded the famous Napoli (Nea Poli = New Town). In the 19th and 20th centuries Kymi was a very important trading center. From the port of Kymi, goods were transported throughout the entire Mediterranean Sea and to the Black sea. This prosperity has contributed to the European orientation of the population, which again can be seen in the buildings and clothes that people wore at that time. It is very interesting to visit the ethnological museum of Kymi. Beaches at Kymi are Platana and Soutsini.
Text: Jorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Text edited by Katrina Butzer