Kavala Things to Do

  • The archeological Museum of Philippi
    The archeological Museum of Philippi
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    The Imaret

    by mikey_e Written Jul 2, 2007

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    The Imaret is a large structure with 18 domes constructed by Mehmet Ali in 1817. It was originally used as a hostel for religious students but today is considerably more expensive to stay in. It is now a super-luxurious hotel with rooms starting at 220 euro a night and some of which reach over 800 euro a night. Better to spend you time photographing the outside of the building.

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    House of Mehmet Ali

    by mikey_e Written Jul 2, 2007

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    Mehmet Ali (1769-1849) was born in Kavala but made his name in Egypt, where he became Pasha and eventually founded the country's last dynasty. His house (the place where he was born, that is) stands at the top of the Panagia in Kavala and, although you supposedly can enter, the house was closed to the public when I went in June 2007. Nevertheless, you can take lots of pictures from the outside, as the house and the Ottoman Turkish plaques on the outside are beautiful.

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    Statue of Mehmet Ali

    by mikey_e Written Jul 2, 2007

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    Statue of Mehmet Ali

    Beside Mehmet Ali's house is a statue of the Turkish governor. The house was not open when I visited Kavala, but the statue provides opportunities for pictures, particularly because of the beautiful scenery at the top of Kavala's Panagia.

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    The Kastro

    by mikey_e Written Jul 2, 2007

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    The Kastro or Castle is a sort of crowning achievement for the city of Kavala. It is visible from pretty much all of Kavala and is the heart of the city's old quarter (Panagia). Its quite a hike up to the Kastro from the bus terminal or the port and Kavala can get quite hot in the summer, so it is advisable to dress sensibly and take lots of water with you if you walk up. There is not much in the Kastro, although you can walk around the grounds and take pictures of the remains of the fortifications, or you can enjoy a cool drink at the café. The main benefit of going is the view over the city, which is spectacular. Admission cost is 2 euro, or 1 euro reduced.

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    Cosmopolis annual festival

    by GeoDenia Updated Aug 2, 2006

    The annual festival "Cosmopolis" takes place at Panagia, Kavala.
    Several groups from all over the world take place doing events like playing their own films, cooking their own dishes, dancing, singing, selling their traditional stuff...
    Don't miss it! Every year in the middle of July !!

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    Kavala fortress

    by miman Written Jul 31, 2006

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    A focal point of your first view of Kavala as you approach it, is the castle atop the hill which acts as the backdrop for the harbour, fishing boats and the sea-side parts of the town. The Castle was started in the 5th century BC. Byzantine times saw additions.
    Dramatically taking the prime spot between the castle and waters edge, perched like a jewel next to the old town on a the part of the hill, is the monument of Imaret built in 1818 by the Viceroy of Egypt. Recently, rather magically and flawlessly transformed into a select luxury hotel. Its minaret-shaped dome rooftops and middle-eastern architecture makes this a unique and valuable store of culture, architectural style, atmosphere and history.

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    Temples in Kavala

    by Jenniflower Written Mar 2, 2006

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    A Kavala temple

    We arrived at the city on a bus and continued on to the modern port city of Kavala, and then on to the ancient Neapolis (Acts 16, the Bible), where Paul, accompanied by Silas, Luke and Timothy, first set foot in Europe.

    Dome shaped, ancient temples are spread around Kavala. This city has the ancient side, which creeps up the (very steep to walk!) hill... and the newer (and uglier!) part of Kavala is down by the harbour. We were bitterly disappointed in the dirt of the city. Had expected alot more to be honest, but the older section was very interesting.

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    Chruch in old town

    by prleprle Updated Mar 28, 2004
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    We visited this church and admired beauty of the frescoes and paintings inside as well as tranquility of the whole place but wasn't able to find more facts about church. Is that Cathedral of Kavala or not? Please, help!!!

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    Municipal museum

    by prleprle Updated Mar 4, 2004

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    Museum, Kavala, Greece

    The museum opened in 1986 in a two-storey 19. century Neoclassical building in Kavala city centre, very close to the Town Hall. On the ground floor is a gallery of modern art , a gallery of local painters and the archive and sculpture gallery of Polygnotos Vayis.
    The Folklore Museum occupies the first floor, with exhibits that include folk costumes, jewellery, embroidery, everyday utensils, tools of various trades, porcelain and metal stoves, and gramophones.
    Addmition is free.

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    Old town architecture

    by prleprle Updated Mar 4, 2004

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    Old house, Kavala, Greece

    Panagia is old quarter of Kavala around castle on small peninsula. Panagia gains its name after medieval church dedicated to Virgin Mary. Streets are narrow and coblestoned and very vivid. Houses are mostly twostored and built in typical Balkan style with strong Turkish influence. Very interesting is Imaret, an old Turskish style building with 18 domes that overlooks the harbour. Nowdays there are really fine and cheap restaurant.

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    On the castle walls

    by prleprle Updated Mar 4, 2004

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    Castle walls, Kavala, Greece

    The castle of Kavala is the main attraction of the city. The first wall was built in the 5th century B.C., to fortify the city of Neapoli.
    During the centuries it was rebuilded and expanded several times and in Byzantine period gain its present size. Its last rebuild is from the time of turkish occupation of the city. Entrance is free to the castle and you could walk around all walls and explore cysterns and towers. From the castle is one of the best views on the all parts of city and sea also.

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    Mehmet Ali's house

    by prleprle Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Mehmet Alis house, Kavala, Greece

    Situated in the Seraidaris Garden is the typical 18. century Turkish house-the birthplace of Mehmet Ali, the founder of the last Egyptian royal line . This finelly preserved building has fine panelling and carved wooden beams. Below the house are both the stables and kitchen and above you’ll find Ali’s harem and the pasha’s quarters. There is a bronze statue of Ali in the small square just beyond the building on the square.

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    Ößëéððïé - Philippi

    by GeorgiosX Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Ïé Ößëéððïé Þôáí ìéá óçìáíôéêÞ ðüëç óôçí áñ÷áéüôçôá. Ïé ðåñéóóüôåñåò áñ÷áéüôçôåò ðïõ ìðïñåßôå íá äåßôå óÞìåñá åßíáé áðü ôçí ñùìáúêÞ ðåñßïäï. Ï Áã. áðüóôïëïò Ðáýëïò åðéóêÝöôçêå ôïõò Öéëßððïõò. - Philippi was an important city in ancient times. Most antiquities you can see today are from the Roman period. St. Paul visited Philippi.

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  • When visiting Kavala, you...

    by Thanos_gr Written Feb 25, 2003

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    When visiting Kavala, you surely have to go sight seeing at the Castle. It is built on the peninsula of Panagia and covers almost the whole neighbourhood. The castle of Kavala is the trade mark of the city. It was first build in the 5th century B.C., to fortify the city of Neapoli.During the centuries it was rebuilded and expanded several times. It's last rebuild is from the time of turkish occupation of the city. From up there you can see the town in front of you and admire the sea that gets lost in the horizon. Then you surely must visit the lighthouse that is located on the last part of the peninsula. Your next stop will be at the old Aquedact called 'Camares'. This structure was used by the people of Kavala in order to bring water into the Castle.
    During the summer some festivals are being held. Some of them are the 'Eleftheria', when the liberation of the city from the Turks is celebrated, and the 'Sailor's Week', when in it's fiesta a firework celebration takes place.
    For further information about Kavala's history you can visit the Museum.
    For the ones who love ski, they can go to Paggaio, a mountain near the city of Kavala. Hikers can go up the hill that is behind the city.
    The reason why you absolutely have to visit the Castle is because it gives you the unique chance to admire the whole town, including the fascinating sight of the port. It can't be denied that it is one of the perfect places to take photographs of the port with its road full of palm trees.

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    Filippoi ancient theatre festival

    by GeoDenia Written Aug 2, 2006
    49th Filippi Festival 2006

    Every year, there are shows from famous ancient Greek tragedies at Filippi, Kavala.
    Every summer from July to August.

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