Kavala

A coastal city that stands out for its fantastic hilltop views. Its cute old town and a number of nearby historical monuments await your visit.

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 Attractions

Kavala Castle (Fort)

The castle was built on the top of the hill where the old town of Kavala is located. It has a long history and has turned to be the city's trademark.

Kavala Old Aqueduct

Famous landmark which served the city with water for many centuries starting from the Roman period. Locally referred to as "Kamares".

Archaeological Site of Philippi

This city built around 360BC had important economic and strategic role to play in the expansion and development of the Macedonian Kingdom.

Saint Paul Church

Kavala's Cathedral is dedicated to St Paul who preached and converted (at Philippi - close to Kavala) the first Christian on European grounds ever.

Kavala Town Hall

An extraordinary building with a gothic revival architecture style that houses the Town Hall. It was built by a Hungarian family in 1890s.

Kavala Things to Do

Exterior view of the Panagia Eikosifoinissa Monastery with the main church and some of the surrounding buildings.
hidden gem
distant ≈ 36.3km

Monastery of Panagia Eikosifoinissa

This old monastery played an important role during the Greek revolution. You will find it surrounded by forests, a long drive up the mountain.

Old Town of Kavala

The area around the Castle of Kavala will take you back into the past. Locally referred as "Panagia" (Mother Mary).

Philippi Festival

A cultural festival with concerts and performances held in an ancient theater. Plays are mostly in Greek but do not let this deter you from visiting.

Kavala Museums

Kavala Beaches

A picture showing a part of the sandy beach at Ammolofoi at Nea Peramos.
distant ≈ 23km

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.

Rapsani Beach

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.

Numerous sunbeds and umbrellas at the beach bar of the Keramoti (Ammoglossa) Beach.
distant ≈ 36.7km

Keramoti 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.

Camping Batis Beach

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

Perigiali Beach

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.

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.

Kalamitsa Beach

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

Kavala Day Trips

Nea Peramos, Kavala

Located 18km west of Kavala, this coastal resort town has a few remarkable beaches and several day trip options to archaeological sites and monasteries.

Thasos

In this family-friendly destination, you indulge in an incredible natural landscape made up of sea and forest. It's best enjoyed on a road trip.

Questions & Answers about Kavala

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.
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.

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