Kavala Travel Guide

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Kavala Things to Do

  • Kavala Aqueduct

    The Medieval Aqueduct, is work of the Byzantine period, which held extensive repairs during the Ottoman rule, particularly during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent and Legislator (1530 AD approx.) This double arch structure was designed to bridge the peninsula of Panagia with the foot of the mountain of Lekani. It was used to carry water from...

  • Mehmet Ali Pasha House

    In the Old Town Square you can find the house that Mehmet Ali, founder and Governor of the last Egyptian dynasty, was born. This beautiful building, based on Macedonian architecture, is considered to be the property of Egypt . The "konak" of Mehmet Ali consists of two parts, the ground floor and first floor. A bronze equestrian statue was built in...

  • The Imaret

    The Imaret, a big edifice of the late Ottoman period, a classic example of Islamic architecture located on the west side of the peninsula of Panagia (old town). Its largest part was built, between 1817-1821 by the founder of the last Egyptian dynasty, Mehmet Ali Pasha. For sentimental reasons, the Governor of Egypt wanted to benefit his hometown...

  • Kavala Castle

    One of the most intense elements of the image of Kavala is its citadel. While it stands on the top of the peninsula of Virgin Mary (Panagia) it is tied up in a harmonious total with the houses of the homonymous historical district that extended all around it in tiers. It is interesting to watch the course of the fortress in time.The name...

  • Tobacco story III (The smell still...

    The decline of this tobacco era begins between 1930 and 1950, with the application of new production methods and the importation of “Virginia” tobacco, that gradually replaced the local “basmas” species and favoured the big monopolies. All of the tobacco factories will be closed in the next few years, but the smell of tobacco is still existent in...

  • The Castle of Kavala

    The Castle and the Acropolis was built in the 15th century, on the ruins of an older Byzantine castle. The outer walls embraced the whole peninsula of Panagia, which was then the core of the settlement. The city start expanding outside the walls, only after 1864. Nowadays, the castle houses a small café and a scene and many concerts and theaters...

  • Tobacco story II (The echo of workers’...

    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’...

  • The City Hall and other buildings on...

    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...

  • The old aqueduct

    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,...


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  • Galaxy Hotel

    There are several decent hotels in Kavala, but to my taste, they are kind of impersonal. The most...

  • Lucy Hotel

    Kalamitsa Beach, Kavala, 654 04, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Imaret

    Lousy service, extreme rudeness on behalf of the staff, and an intimidating attitude toward "common...


Kavala Restaurants

  • Don't Miss The Fresh Seafood!

    Kavala is seafood and the restaurant named KUPA situated in the entrance of the city from the east side is a good exampleWe found his restaurants many years ago with my wife and after so many years ...nothing has change.affordable od quality seafood and friendly staff ... affordable prices ... all kind of seafood...calamar...octopusses etc etc


    Situated in the old port area just in front of ferry port vey nice and clean restaurant..Specially I like the staff because we ae the fan of the same football team which is Fenerbahçe...sea food is delicious octopusses in the vinaigre with steaned mussels )))

  • Ouzo, fresh fish and history

    This is a really special choice, with intense aroma of Kavala’ s naval history. In the old shipyard, there is this tiny tavern, called “Nafpigeio”. This place, opened in 1922 to serve the workers of the shipyard, is today the most “cult” tavern, where you can find fresh fish and seafood and associate with local people. If you are lucky enough, you...

  • Quality food, attractive environment

    You can eat well, almost everywhere in Kavala! You can go to Perigiali district to catch a table by the sea and choose between a large variety of traditional dishes with sea-food, or meat (my favorite taverna is “Kyra-Vaggelio" (Nyremvergis street 146). Or, you can stay in the city center, in the characteristic old neighborhood of Saint Nicolas,...

  • Special dishes with meat

    Another choice – for those who have their own car, or wouldn’ t mind take the bus – would be “Ladofanaro” tavern, in Palio, a sea-side village, 8 kms west from Kavala. You can find excellent meat at “Ladofanaro”, which is said to be from buffalos, traditionally bred at the shores of Kerkini lake. In any case, you will eat well and you will enjoy...

  • Goood one

    Nowadays caffe Latte or Capucino or machiato is very popular but I still suggest you to try what they call "greek cafe" its just beautiful and dont forget to drink the cupof water before trying the coffee it help to clean your mouth and you can enjoy the aroma and the cafe "greek cafe "


Kavala Nightlife

  • Easy atmosphere, excellent music

    Two of my favorite café – bars, “Nikiforos” and “Nisi”, are located in the same shady square - Karaoli Dimitriou square, at the beginning of Kountouriotis street - where you can enjoy coffee or drinks, day or night, in a very relaxed and easy atmosphere. “Nisi” also organizes live events, which are usually very good, so try not to miss them....

  • An oasis in the city center

    This is a historical café – restaurant, with very good dishes and a lot of appetites to accompany an “ouzo”, or a cold beer. Actually, the reason that I record this as “nightlife”, is because it’ s open all around the clock and it’ s my favorite spot to end a night out (with some soup, a strong coffee, or anything you wish). At this time of night,...

  • Nostalgic and youthful

    With big glass windows, overlooking the pedestrian Ag. Nikolaou street, and big portraits of Mao on the walls, this café – bar has a unique retro feeling. In addition, it plays grate music and organizes a lot of live events. It is located in the old neighborhood of St Nicolas, where you can find a lot of nice café – bars, but I think, this is the...


Kavala Transportation

  • High speed boat to Thassos

    Well... you could do it on more comfortable way and much quicker.... there are hydrotaxi also. They operating several times a day. That's also more expensive way to travel around too.

  • Ferry from Thassos

    If you are on vacation on Thassos you could take ferryboat to visit Kavala. Ticket is cheap and afther one hour or so you'll reach mainland! Being on the any kind of boat or ship is always pleaure for me.... great way of traveling!

  • ATHENS:It takes 45 minutes by...

    ATHENS:It takes 45 minutes by plane to get to Kavala's airport from Athens.Then you need to take a bus which will bring you to town in 30 minutesOtherwise, you can take the bus from the Athen's bus station which will bring you to Kavala in about 8.30 hours!THESSALONIKI:The only way to get to Kavala from Thessaloniki is by taking the bus which means...


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  • Teas and spices

    This very old shop brings a bit of oriental scents in our everyday life. Stop by and you’ll be enchanted by the variety of teas, herbs and spices, from all over the world. You‘ll be inspired to make your own mixes and you can also be informed about the therapeutic elements of various herbs. Also, you can find fresh coffee and some native greek...

  • Mix with the locals

    The bazaar that takes place every Saturday morning at Faliro Park gives you the opportunity to dive into the city’ s routine. Plus, you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and other local products such as ouzo, tsipouro, olives, honey, almonds, etc.

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Kavala What to Pack

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    by Jenniflower Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
    Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.

    Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.

    Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars

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    • Photography
    • Adventure Travel

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Kavala Off The Beaten Path

  • Mud Baths of Krinides

    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...

  • Live music

    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.

  • Balcony

    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.


Kavala Sports & Outdoors

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    by mikey_e Written Jul 2, 2007

    I only stopped in Kavala on my way between Xanthi and Thessaloniki and thus was not able to take advantage of this beautiful swimming and suntanning spot, but several children and a few German women were making the best of it. If you climb up to the Panagia and explore around Mehmet Ali's house and the church, you'll notice some steps leading down the cliff. These can be taken down to the rocks below where it is possible to swim in the cove and sunbathe (there was no shortage of strong sun). The cove is fairly secluded and quiet, but there is no lifeguard or supervision.

    Equipment: A swimsuit and good shoes - the trek down is not to be done in flipflops!

    The rocks and water below the Panagia
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    • Beaches

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  • Kavala

    Kavala is the star of Eastern Makedonia and its historical crossroads. It has existed since Neolithic times and is said to have been host to St Paul's first port of call to preach the bible. The Romans, Goths, Huns, Normans have at various times taken an interest in the town.Kavala's International Airport is rather dramatically named "Megas...

  • History

    Here are some historical facts about this interesting city: Founded in 7th Century BC, Kavala at first was called Neapolis and was an supporter of Athens for many years in its war against Sparta. From 350 B.C, Philip II, king of Macedonia, who gave his name to the nearby city of Philipi, dominated the area of Kavala. It became the most important...

  • Travel across to THASSOS...

    Travel across to THASSOS island and go to GOLDEN BEACH for a super swim and a great lunch at the Fedra taverna. The uncrowded sandy beach and just a short walk from a selection of tavernas. After a morning walk to SKALA POTAMIA and a quick swim off to the taverna for an iced cold Mythos lager.. HEAVEN!!!!


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