A panoramic view of the port of the city of Kavala including the seafront promenade and a part of the old town.
photo: CeeGee / CC BY-SA 4.0

Kavala

Also called:
  • Neapolis BC
  • Christoupolis (medieval)
Why visit Kavala?
  • The first area in Europe that hosted Apostle Paul and consequently Christianity.
  • Busy port, serving as a starting point for travelers of the North Aegean islands.
  • A picturesque settlement built on an amphitheatrical way by the sea.

Attractions, beaches & Things to Do in Kavala

Starting Point: Old Town of Kavala

Old Town of Kavala

« Panagia »

The area that extends around the Castle of Kavala and bears an atmosphere of a past era.

Castle (Fort) of Kavala

A castle that is built on the top of the hill where the old town of Kavala is located and is an absolute city trademark with a long history.

Aqueduct of Kavala

« Kamares »

Famous trademark served as the city aqueduct for many centuries starting from the Roman period.

Kavala Town Hall

One of the most extraordinary buildings of Kavala with a gothic revival architecture style that houses the Town Hall of the city.

Tobacco Museum of Kavala

A museum dedicated to one of the most important financial and business sector affected the history of Kavala this of the tobacco trading.

Saint Paul Church, Kavala

« Apostolou Pavlou »

Cathedral of Kavala dedicated to the first Apostle who entered Europe and preached Christianity.

Archaeological Museum of Kavala

A contemporary museum that helps the potential visitor to gain a broad picture of the historical evolution of Kavala and the broader area.

Rapsani Beach, Kavala

Inside the urban area of the city, it's an ideal option for a quick dive, though wearing sea shoes is advised due to the stones and the urchins.

Perigiali Beach, Kavala

Located at the eastern edge of the city, a municipal beach that stands for its easy access, the fine sand, and some basic amenities it offers.

Kalamitsa Beach, Kavala

Organized sandy beach that is a part of the residential area of Kavala, and attracts many locals and families with children.

Batis Beach, Kavala

Sandy family-friendly beach part of the private Batis Multiplex that includes numerous facilities and quality tourist and event infrastructure.

Nea Iraklitsa Beach

Long fine-sand beach with easy access, beach bars, and accommodation options, as well as a beautiful view to Fidonisi islet in front of the bay.

Nea Peramos, Kavala

Coastline town located 18km west of Kavala that is a major touristic destination and many of its inhabitants originate from Asia Minor.

Archaeological Site of Philippi

The ancient city with a major economic, cultural, and strategic role that is the most significant archaeological site of East Macedonia.

Philippi Festival

A cultural organization that makes many locals and visitors of Northern Greece to relate summer with culture, interesting events and arts.

Ammolofoi Beaches, Nea Peramos

4 beaches in 4 small bays, famous for the fine sand and the clear, shallow waters, as well as for nice beach bars and the cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Thasos

Family-friendly destination of the North Aegean. Famous for its incredible natural landscape, dense vegetation, and the amazing coastline.

Keramoti (Ammoglossa) Beach

Sandy peninsula that sticks out to the sea and reminds a tropical island. It covers almost 5 km and with swallow waters attracts many families.

Monastery of Panagia Eikosifoinissa

Historic monastery with an important role during the Greek revolution, located at the borderline between Kavala and Serres counties.

Questions & Answers About Kavala

What is Kavala, Greece?

Kavala is located in northeastern Greece in the region of Eastern Macedonia. It is built at the foothills of the local mountain named Symvolo, while it is the capital of the regional unit of Kavala. Its strategic position makes it the second-largest city and second-largest port of the Macedonia region. The total population of the city is approximately 65,000 inhabitants and together with the neighboring towns and villages compose a metropolitan tissue significant for the broader region. Nowadays Kavala beyond a modern commercial and business center is a favorite destination of domestic and international tourism. The town is located 165 km from Thessaloniki and 680 km from Athens and can be reached through the airport, through modern Egnatia motorway, and by boat. A visit to this beautiful city of northern Greece with its unique architectural design is highly recommended.

What is the ancient history of Kavala?

There are reports of a settlement that existed in the area of Kavala from the prehistorical era through the excavation findings and the Homeric narratives. Furthermore, historical data show that Kavala (Neapolis in ancient times) was a distinguished member of the Athenian Alliance, while it's known for hosting the Roman troops who participated in the battle of Philippi. It is worth noting that Kavala (Christoupolis in Byzantine times) was the first European city that hosted Christianity through the Apostle Paul who visited the city and preached Christianity. Also, during its long history, the city has been under the occupation of different cultures (Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantine, Turks) each one of which left corresponding marks through majestic works and monuments. Equally interesting is the recent history of the city, which is famous for crafts and industrial activities such as mining, tobacco plantations, and petroleum.