Kavala is situated on the Greek mainland coast 150km east of Thessaloniki. It is a major city in northern Greece, and acts as the main port of eastern Macedonia. Kavala is steeped in ancient Greek history, and areas such as the Panagia quarter above the port preserves considerable atmosphere. The area is generally unspoilt, and its woodland and natural beauty is a real attraction. There are outstanding beautiful beaches lying just a stone’s throw from the city centre.
Accommodation is plentiful so you will find somewhere to suit you. Options range from government run campsites to five star all inclusive hotels. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures rising to the mid thirties. There is no doubt you’ll find something in Kavala that will suit you.
Things to do
With its beautiful sandy beaches to relax on and a full city of culture to indulge in, Kavala has plenty to see.
The Archaeological Museum is regarded as the most important museum in the region as it houses some exquisite collections from prehistoric times, and also from the ancient city of Neapolis that Kavala was founded upon. Kavala is specialised in all things historical, as 5th century Kavala Castle is a great landmark to see. It was originally built to defend the ancient city of Neapolis, and it’s undergone many fortifications through the Byzantine period.
Another historical site of fascination is their 15th century Kavala Acropolis which stands on the top of a rocky headland overlooking the modern city. Culture is rife in Kavala.
This beautiful sea port city of Kavala may be full of historical architecture and boast fantastic beaches, but Kavala Shoppingcan range from open air markets to regular malls, giving you no shortage of shops to choose from when buying your souvenirs.
The Agiou Nikolaou Market Area is the oldest market in Kavala and is located next door to the Acropolis. After a recent renovation, a number of trendy shops and restaurants have relocated to the area. The shops sell souvenirs that emphasise the Acropolis and the history of Greece.
Other Shoppingdelights to check out are the Kavala Muncipal ShoppingCentre and the Panagia District. The Kavala Municipal ShoppingCentre sells everything from food to clothes. There are a wonderful wines, jewellery and leather goods. If you like tobacco and marble, then head to the Panagia District which will stimulate any cigar aficionados. You can even learn how to make cigars there.
Kavala thrives mainly by its numerous restaurants to relax, eat, drink and take in the atmosphere.
However when the sun fades, the city becomes illuminated in a brilliant disply of multi-coloured artificial light. The majority of festive bars and clubs are situated in the city’s port. ‘Almyra Beach Bar’ is where you’ll hear island rhythms and electronic beats setting the mood for an all night party.
‘Nisi’ does organise live events which have been reported as very good, so try not to miss them, as they are a real highlight. Wine enthusiasts should visit ‘Vangelis’ which is a restaurant that is specialized in fish dishes and has a vast array of select wine from Kavala’s prized vineyards.
Kavala has wonderful sea front taverns which serve up superb freshly caught seafood. It is recommended to wash it down with some local wine or traditional tsipouro brandy.
Kavala tries to cater for all tastes. You will find restaurants reminding you of the east, traditional taverns and small snack bars with local delicacies. A delicious seafood dish on a small marble table with the view of the Byzantine fortress and the picturesque port in your feet is a bare reality here.
For coffee lovers, there are plenty of coffee houses to be found in Alexandrou and Filellinon streets. At the old municipal library, there is a room where you can read the book of your choice, play chess and drink coffee.