Kavala Things to Do

  • The archeological Museum of 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The City Hall and other buildings on Kyprou street

    by Sojna Updated Sep 13, 2011

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    Kavala’ s City Hall is definitely the most impressive building of the city, with a totally diverse architectural style, that resemples Hungarian castle. Not surprisingly, since it was the house of a Hungarian tobacco merchant, baron Pierre Herzog. It was built in 1885, it was bought by the Municipality of Kavala in 1937 and ever since it houses the City Hall.
    On the same street, next to the City Hall, you will find more buildings of the same period, built by foreign merchants or companies, which reflect their personal taste and wealth. They combine gothic, ottoman and new-classic elements, in a very unique way. Standing in front of the City Hall, you see on your right, Mansion Wix, built by the German baron Adolf Wix, and the Lazaristes Abbey. On your left, the big ocher-pink building, in Austrian baroque style, was built in 1909 by the Charity Sisterhood of Kavala and for many years it housed the Municipal Library. Today it is property of the Municipality of Kavala, but unfortunately it is not utilized, except for the ground flour, which occasionally houses art exhibitions.

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    Panagia – The old city

    by Sojna Written Sep 12, 2011

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    The peninsula of Panagia is the oldest part of the city, with houses that reveal the characteristics of ottoman architecture, of the 19th century. Although there have been some unfortunate interventions in the past years, the settlement has kept a lot of its charm and historical semblance.
    The best way to visit the old city, is of course on foot. Walking all along the Theodorou Poulidou street, you will pass the most important sights, such as Imaret, Mohamet Ali square, with his family house and his statue, the church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) - from which derives the name of the settlement - and you will end up to a nice cape, with an old lighthouse and beautiful view to the city of Kavala and the open sea. From there, you can take the path down to the big rocks, that surround the peninsula, and go for a swim, like some locals do!
    Don’t miss the chance to wander further through the narrow cobbled streets of Panagia, which will probably lead you up to the Castle of Kavala and then down again on the eastern part of the peninsula.

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    The old aqueduct

    by Sojna Written Sep 12, 2011

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    This emblematic feature of Kavala is part of the medieval aqueduct, which was used to bring the water from the highlands’ sources into the city walls. It is an achievement of the Byzantine period, although it was extensively restored by the Ottomans, especially in the years of Suleiman Sultan (1520-1530).
    During the refugees’ wave of the ‘30s, people trying to solve their housing problem, built houses between the stone arches of the aqueduct. Luckily, these houses were not demolished, during the recent maintenance works and still stand today to confirm the continuation of local history.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    The Aquaduct

    by mikey_e Written Jul 3, 2007

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    Although the aquaduct, which is likely the first historic site that will catch your eye upon entering Kavala, is of Roman origin, it is actually much more recent. It was built by the Ottoman Turkish Süleyman the Magnificent between 1520 and 1566. There isn't really anything to visit, but it does provide you with a great backdrop for pictures.

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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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    Tobacco story II (The echo of workers’ struggles)

    by Sojna Updated Sep 19, 2011

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    In the next years and decades, while the profits for the tobacco merchants became higher and higher, the conditions of work in the factories were really hard. This caused series of strikes and demonstrations, during the first decades of the 20th century, in which a lot of workers were injured and some of them lost their lives. This strong workers’ movement had a grate impact in Kavala’ s society, that is still reflected up today.
    The statue of the photo represents the struggle of tobacco workers. It stands in the middle of Kapnergati square (tobacco workers’ square), one of the busiest squares in the city center. Most of the demonstrations, nowadays, still take place in this square.
    The tobacco history of the city is very well represented in Tobacco Museum of Kavala (www.tobaccomuseum.gr), a thematic museum about the cultivation, elaboration and trade of tobacco, in the area. This very special biomatic museum is housed today in K. Palaiologou str. 4, but in the future will move in the emblematic building of the Municipal Tobacco Factory (second photo), in Kapnergati square.

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