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Welcome to Kavala!


ATTRACTIONS
 
- The Aqueduct or Kamares was built by Suleiman II the Magnificent (16th century) and it’s the landmark of the city.
- The Old Tobacco Warehouses in Kapnergati Square, but also in other spots in town, add a nostalgic flair to the city’s ambiance and remind us of the tobacco boom that occurred in the beginning of the last century. Some still come to life, as places for culture and leisure.
-  The monument that hosts the bones of the family of Mehmet Ali, Egypt’s Pasha, who was born in Kavala in 1769, is located in the pier of the ferry, where Eleftheria Square is. The house of Mehmet Ali, at the edge of the port in Panagia Square, is still preserved. His copper statue is placed at the entrance.
- The churches of Virgin Mary, dated back to 15th century, and of Agios Panteleimon.
- The old Muslim quarter, with the distinctive narrow granite streets, on the east part of the city. Imaret, which is located there, was built by Mehmet Ali and it was used first as a seminary and then as a shelter for the poor in 1817. Today Imaret operates as a café and a restaurant, but it also hosts an exhibition with Egyptian artifacts.  
- The Byzantine Castle, which overlooks the city, adds a little bit more charm. A simple walk around the castle will reveal the natural beauty of Kavala. From there you can also see the Byzantine walls and the picturesque port. Below the castle, you will be able to see the Old Town (today the Virgin Mary quarter), with the paved streets and the houses with the distinctive Macedonian loggias.
- Archeological Museum. As one of the most important museums in Greece, the archeological museum of Kavala features findings from the Neolithic and the Copper era. There are also findings from Neapoli, like remnants of the temple of Virgin Athena, archaic and classic idols, black-figured jugs and findings from Ancient Amphipolis, Avdira and other locations of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. It’s located near the park and its façade overlooks the port.
 
ROUTES

    Ancient Philippoi are about 17 kilometers northwest of Kavala, near the village of Krinides. The city was established in 360 BC, was taken over in 356 BC from Philip the Second and boomed during the Hellenistic Years. Here, on 50 AC, Apostle Pavlos declared Christianity. You should definitely visit this important Macedonian archeological site, with the lovely ancient theater and the numerous monuments and remnants of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras.
Ancient Amphipolis is about 46 kilometers southwest of Kavala. The city was founded in 437 BC from Athenian settlers and was included in the Macedonian Kingdom by Philip the Second on 357 BC. Alexander the Great departed from this city to start his campaign in Persia. In the Roman years, as opposed to Philippoi, this city was booming. It’s yet another very important archeological site in Macedonia and in the new modern museum, which is located near it, you will see various findings, among which many golden and silver artifacts.
    Mount Paggaio (1956 m.), west of Kavala, should be an easy ride. From the village Akrovouni or Panagia (merely 6 km from the exit of Egnatia Highway towards Eleftheroupoli or 19 km from Kavala, through the villages Amisiana and Kokkinohoma), it starts an amazing ascent that ends up just below the highest peak, in the facilities of the small ski center (Akrovouni - Ski Center 19 km). Chestnuts, beeches and other deciduous trees combined with black pines and other forest trees make this route ideal for leisure. On the 6th kilometer from Akrovouni (Panagia), you will see the Forest Village of Paggaiou, ideal for a coffee, lunch and also for an overnight stay. 


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