Kymi, Greece


Kymi (Greek: Κύμη, Kýmē) is a coastal town and a former municipality (7,112 inhabitants in 2011) in the island of Euboea, Greece, named after an ancient Greek place of the same name. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Kymi-Aliveri, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 167.616 km2. The ancient Euboean Kyme is mentioned as a harbor town related to the more prominent poleis of Chalkis and Eretria in antiquity. Together with these, it is sometimes named as the founding metropolis of the homonymous Kymē (Cumae) in Italy, an important early Euboean colony, which was probably named after it.

There are few or no archaeological traces of ancient Euboean Kyme, and its exact location is not known. A Bronze Age settlement has been excavated in nearby Mourteri. Some modern authors believe that Kyme never existed as an independent polis in historical times but that it was a mere village dependent on either Chalkis or Eretria.


Visitors have plenty to see in Kymi, a beautiful small town and the region who "supervise" the Aegean Sea from a privileged position. It is also the reason why they called Balcony of the Aegean. Kymi has one of the largest artificial ports in the country and efforts to provide this transportation hub in the eastern Aegean islands and northern Greece. At the same time the City Kymi is in terms of native vegetation of the greenest of Greece and is second all in clean sands. Interesting for the visitor spots are numerous. For example: the house where lived the famous (Pap test) doctor - researcher George Papanicolaou and the Folklore Museum of Kymi, the Monastery of the Transfiguration, three small Byzantine churches in Oxilithos, the Archaeological Collection and the Archaeological Site of the river, ruined Venetian tower in San handkerchief etc. The most famous agricultural products produced in Kymi is figs, cherries and olive oil. From products to purely local color distinguish the "cocoon display" handicrafts made from cocoons, and many kinds of sweets such as baklava and almond.

Notable Kymiotes

  • Georgios Papanikolaou (1883–1962), physician, a pioneer in cytology and early cancer detection, and the inventor of the Pap test for cervical cancer
  • Major Ioannis Velissariou (1861–1913), popular hero of the Balkan Wars
  • Admiral Nikolaos Pappas (1930–2013), commander of the destroyer Velos, mutinied in 1973 in protest against the Regime of the Colonels, later Chief of the Navy and government minister.



The road network in the Kymi region is quite underdeveloped. There is only one major road (regional road) connecting the city of Kymi with Chania Avlonariou (a part of Avlonari), Aliveri and from there to the Greek National Road 44 towards Chalkis and Karystos.


Kymi has a few basketball courts, as well as an outdoor football pitch. There is also a sports club called "Kymi Sports Club" with teams in football, basketball and volleyball.





Lat: 38.636131287 - Lng: 24.102773666