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Kavala is situated in East Macedonia.
Kavala is mentioned in most guidebooks only marginally, although it is one of the most beautiful and most livable cities in Greece. A wealth of possibilities for excursions in the surrounding area and many interesting, often little occupied beaches, archaeological sites and natural beauty makes it a fun-filled vacation address.
Kavala has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and wet cool winters. The swimming season begins in early May and ends in October. From mid-June to late August, there are only very rare precipitations and is the best travel season, but also the hottest. For those who do not like the heat and do not mind occasional rainy days best traveling time is from mid-May to mid June and September to mid-October.
Kavala is a major port. it is possible to reach it by ferry from Lemnos, and several other north Aegean islands. With a bit of careful planning, or aimless wandering, it is possible to reach Kavala from almost any Greek island with a ferry via other islands.
The "Alexander the Great" airport is located about 30 km east of Kavala near the village of Chrysoupolis. There are direct flights to many European countries, especially in summer and daily flights to Athens. Except with Taxis, the airport is hard to reach by public transport. Car rental at the airport is available.
The Center and the Old Town can be traversed on foot. There is a small tourist train from the central square to old town for those who are not so well by foot. The transport of choice to experience all the sights outside the town is certainly by rental car. By public transport many places are hard to reach or only very time consuming.
There is an efficient public transport system with lines going around the city (ticket price about 1.5Euro). Tickets are not on sale in the buses, but they must be solved at specialized outlets (often kiosks) in advance. No ticket, no transport! Detailed info in the regional bus terminal.
What to see
Walk along the main port in town center with its ferries to Thassos, Limnos, Lesvos and other Aegean islands and picturesque fishing and sailing boats. Following that promenade you reach the archaeological museum. On Saturday morning there is an interesting fruit & clothing market (Bazaar).
The business district is to the west of the central square (Platia Eleftheria). Its partially a pedestrian area with narrow streets, shops of all kinds and many street cafeterias
A very nice place is the Fishing harbor with restaurants and bars at the east end of Kavala. It is particularly romantic to sit there in one of the many restaurants in the evening watching the small fishing boats and the sea.
Places to see are:
The white City Hall (Dimarchio) on Kipos Iroon Park in the town center. In close proximity is the Tobacco Museum (Philippou Odos Str)
Ag. Nikolas church with Paul Mosaic ( Kontouriotou Str) . Around the church there is an old, somewhat run-down neighborhood with many great cafeterias, Ouzo drinking places (Ouzerias), restaurants and small shops. Especially in the evening it is very attractive and crowded by young people.
The castle and the old town are at a hill above the center. To get there it will take a 15-20 minutes walk from the harbour.
In the Old Town you should visit:
The Castle, built in 1425 by the Turks. You will have a wonderful sea view from there and also a great view over the old town, the port and the new parts of the city of Kavala .
The City walls, the main part of which was build in the 14th century
Halil Bey Complex: contains the mosque of Halil Bey dated at the beginning of the 20th century, an older minaret on the side probably of the 16th century and a medresse. The mosque is build over the foundation of an early Christian basilica.
House and Museum (built in 1720) and monument of Mohamed Ali. He is the founder of the last Egyptian dynasty
The Imaret, a former Koranic school, built in 1718, now a hotel. Although worth seeing, it is unfortunately difficult to get in if you are not a guest of the hotel.
The Panagia Church
The circular route around the city wall is a worthwhile walk. Beneath the Mohammed Ali equestrian statue starts a path around the city wall. The path leads down to the sea, around the headland of the the old town and then branches to the port or back uphill to the old town near Panagia Church.
It is worthwhile to go in back alleys in old town to visit the typical Byzantine houses in the narrow streets. Along the main street of the old town (Poulidou) restaurants and bars are lined up. Especially in the evening its a romantic place to sit and enjoy Retsina, Ouzo and Souvlaki.
The Aqueduct. 25m high, built in 1550 to supply the town with drinking water, was restored a few years ago.
The quality of the beaches and the sea water quality increases going from the east to the west in the Kavala area.
The city beaches on the east end of Kavala (Kara Orman, Periali) and on the western periphery (Kalamiza) are flat and suitable for children. In the summer months, sun loungers, parasols and chairs are available for free but in limited numbers.
West of Kavala are the localities Palio (10km) , Irakliza (15km) and Nea Peramos (20km), all with nice beaches and beach bars. The latter two are typical holiday places with a lot of beach bars, restaurants, cafeterias, etc.
East of Kavala, in the Nestos Delta area of Chrysoupolis, near the villages of Eratino and Agiasma there are spacious shallow beaches where a lot of camping is done.