This is a very special experience and you should be prepared to surrender to the healing qualities of mother earth! The therapeutic clay of Krinides is well known by the end of last century, for its beneficial effects to the skin, as well as to almost all body systems. The clay is located in a natural cavity, in the plain of Plilippoi, where you are supposed to sink slowly, along with the other bathers, most of them of elderly age. Men and women bath separately and there is a very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere between the bathers. The rest of the facilities (dressing rooms, hot showers etc) are very clean and well-preserved and there is also a camping, hotel and rooms for accommodation.
The whole experience can be really pleasant for open-minded travelers, who wouldn’t mind taking a special and economical (if I am not wrong, it costs only 7 euros) spa treatment! Notice the little frogs that watch you curiously, while bathing!
Mud Baths are located 17 Kms away from Kavala, on direction to Drama. They are very close to Krinides village, from where you will find signs to lead you to the baths – they are very easy to find. Seize the rest of your day for visiting the ancient sight of Philippoi and Lydia village, with the Baptistery of the first European Christian (see above).
Operation period: 1 June – 15 October (in autumn, there are much less bathers, but the mud can be really cold)
While visiting the castle at Kavala there was a Turkish Band playing in the courtyard, finding live music is always a treat. The locals advised that different bands play most weekends during the summer.
Kavala become part of modern Greece after Balkan wars (1912-1913) and was for very long time part of Turkish empire so there didn't left many old churches. There are many new ones... simple and beautifull... nice pieces of work in Neobyzantine style.
In city centre of Kavala is many interesting and beautifull buildings and palaces from early 20. century. Most of them some kind of public buildings but I didn't find what their purpose are. Anyway, it's nice to be around...
So many flowers on those balconies of old quarter Panagia. This one on the photo (well, I know that photo is not of the highest quality) is very charming and close to the main entrance of castle.
Another palace in city centre. Is that hotel or? Great and huge square in front of it... close to port and to the sea....
Take the short ferry ride across to THASSOS and travel round the island to find many secluded coves ideal for swimming and relaxing.