Kymi is located in the eastern coast of Evia, within a distance of approximately 90 minutes from the capital of the island, Chalkida. It is built amphitheatrically and this results to it offering a majestic view of the sea almost for every single spot. The name of the village is said to have derived from the ancient word “komi” (hair) or possibly the word “kima” (wave), or even to have been named after a mythical Amazon. Kymi has been inhabited since antiquity and excavations that have been taken place in the area have revealed findings dating back to the “geometrical age”, which also known as the “age of colonization”. Thus, the fact that Kymi is connected to the ancient colony of the same name in Aeolis of Asia Minor, and to the one in Kampania of ancient Italy, is not random. In fact the inhabitants of Kymi that moved to ancient Italy transferred the ancient alphabet of Evia along, characters of which were later used in the Latin alphabet.
One of the most remarkable sights of the area is the monastery of Metamorphosis, which is located within a distance of 6 kilometers from the main settlement of Kymi. In the nearby village of Oxilithos, there are also three very old Byzantine churches, Agios Nikolaos, Agia Anna and the Dormition of Virgin Mary. You shouldn’t omit to visit the folklore museum of the village, in order to admire some great displays dating back to the age of its great flourish. Kymi is full of beautiful luxurious houses due to some local products it used to export in the end of the 19th century. The area was very well known for its production of olive oil and wine, the export of which brought a remarkable economical development.
Another notable fact about Kymi is that it was the place of birth of world famous doctor Georgios Papanikolaou, who is mostly known as the inventor of the test used for the prompt diagnosis of gynecological cancer. The house where he was born in Kymi has been maintained until this day.