Kavala, the prefectural
capital, is one of the most attractive of Greece's
largest cities, rising like an ampitheatre from the
beautiful harbor up to a huge Byzantine fortress.
Built on the ancient city of Neopolis, the cities
population doubled in 1922 when the Greeks from Asia
minor made there way here during the exchange of
populations. The spacious squares, contemporary
buildings, and shopping centres on the west side of
the city form a pleasant contrast to the traditional
old houses, tiny gardens and flagged alleyways of the
eastern side. The harbour is
particularly picturesque with its countless brightly
coloured fishing caiques moored along the waterfront.
Among the city's impressive landmarks are the old
walls, the Byzantine castle, and the Kamares - the
aqueduct erected by Suleiman the Magnificent in the
16th century , Mehmet Ali's house (18th century) and
the Imaret, a Turkish building.
The walk up to Profitis
Ilias to admire the panoramic view over the city takes
you through the fascinating old district. The old
houses of the Panagia quarter of town are in excellent
condition. In particular the Imaret, an old building
with 18 domes overlooks the harbor. A youth hostel in
Turkish times the building is now a cafe.
museum contains finds from the ancient city of
Amphipolis, a colony of Athens.
There are many
places to stay, as there are in any city including
government run and private campsites.There are
hotels of every catagory. Restaurants are
excellent and plentiful. Those recommended by
Loney Planet are To Plakakia, a low priced
estiatorio at Doiaranis 4 near Platia Elefterias,
Michalis Taverna on Platia Kapnergati and three
popular restauarnts across from the Imaret,
Taverna Ouzeri tou Thoma, To Steki tou Kanadou and
Antonia restaurant. For coffee and cheese pies try
Cafe George on a side street off Eleftheriou
If you like to swim
and eat fresh fish, then head for the lovely
beaches and friendly tavernas not far from town at
such places as Kalamitsa, Palio, Nea Iraklitsa,
Raspani, Perigiali, and Nea Peramos.
Other villages in
attractive settings are Agios Silas, with its
homonymous monastery, Palia Kavala, Krioneri,
Korifes and Stavros on a hill, for those
interested in scenic views.
Not far from Kavala
(17 km.), near the tobacco producing villages of
Krinides and Filipi, you'll find the ruins of the
ancient Macedonian city of Filipi, named after its
founder, Philip II. Still visible on the site are
the remains of two Early Christian basilicas,
traces of the via Egnatia, the grand Roman forum,
the acropolis, and the theatre. Performances of
ancient drama are held every su mer in the
There is a spa at
Loutra Eleftheron (67 km. from Kavala) with
installations for hydrotherapy.
Kavala is linked by
Air with Athens and charters from several major
European cities. The ferry connects it with
Lemnos, Chios, Samos, Samothrace, Rafina, Pireaus
and the Dodekanese islands.
For Hotels in Kavala check out the Kairos Garden Villas in the small town of Eletheres nearby, owned by ex-pat writer Tove Fastings. Its a quiet family run hotel with a nice restaurant near some of the best beaches in Greece.
Especially recommended is the famous Hotel Imaret, a 5-star luxury hotel originally built in 1817 as the Imaret of Mohamed Ali Pasha. It has been carefully
restored to create a magnificent setting as a first-class residence. Every room
and suite is lavishly decorated and the entire hotel is like a museum. In fact there are guided tours of the premises with its with 3 picturesque courtyards and a beautiful outdoor pool. Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. In the evening, Imaretís superb fine dining menu is complimented by an
impressive wine list. Guests can enjoy beautifully prepared meals on the private
terrace, whilst admiring stunning views of Kavala and the sea. For photos, information, maps and booking rates click here
For those who want to pay a little less the Hotel Philoxenia has stunning views of Kavala and the Aegean Sea, from a
natural pine forest setting close to the city centre and offers well-furnished
accommodation with free Wi-Fi.
You can find more hotels with photos and guest reviews on Booking.com's Kavala Page
See also Kavala: The Blue City