Northern Greece hides magical destinations that combine history, natural beauty and culture. In this rich list, Kavala stands out as a destination that uniquely combines all these elements.
Through its wealth of archaeological tradition and historical attractions from the Ottoman period, to its modern history and proximity to unique natural landscapes, Kavala offers a wealth of points of interest.
Known as the Mecca of tobacco.
You should know that in the mid-19th century, Kavala was the largest tobacco processing and export center in the Balkans. In the 1860s, the first tobacco warehouses were built. Beautiful, sophisticated buildings that adorned and continue to adorn the city. A beautiful such building is the Municipal Tobacco Warehouse.
In Kavala in particular there were 172 tobacco warehouses.
If you like history a visit to the Tobacco Museum will leave you amazed by the history of the tobacco industry in the area.
We recommend you to start your walk from the port of Kavala, where you will enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the city. Its seaside side is a real jewel and is ideal for walks. You will enjoy the tranquility and the view of the city in the absolute.
You should not miss to visit the Old Town of Kavala, also known as ‘’Panagia’’ district. This walk will take you back in time, as its alleys, buildings and monuments will reveal its history.
The trademark of this district is the Imaret. A building inextricably linked to all the Ottoman urban plans. So, in Kavala, this building is located just inside the walls of the Old Town and today it functions as a museum and a hotel. Its founder is Mohammed Ali, whose house you will find a few meters further down.
Moving on, you will find the Lighthouse, one of the most romantic spots in the city. If you like sunsets, don’t miss to visit this place and enjoy the panoramic view of the city it offers. From this point you can see Thassos in the distance and even Mount Athos.
From there, you can reach the Acropolis of Kavala, which is located at the top of the Panagia district. It is an impressive structure built from rough stones of local granite, pieces of brick and marble. It was built in the 15th century and has clearly not been left untouched since then. Over the years it has undergone interventions by Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans.
Descending from the Acropolis, you can see the Kamares – the old arched aqueduct that is the city’s emblem. The building is believed to have been built in the 16th century by Ibrahim Pasha. The purpose of this project was to supply the city with water as part of a comprehensive reconstruction of the city after the destruction it had suffered at the hands of the Ottomans.
The Old Town of Kavala is entirely a monument. In the area you will find taverns where you can enjoy the local cuisine of the locals in the indelible beauty of the area. On Poulidou Street, Araliki and Koutoukaki, two well-known taverns will meet your every expectation!
As for your stay at Egnatia City Hotel & Spa s waiting to accommodate you and provide you with excellent services. Castello Boutique Rooms is another accommodation proposal, since with its modern decoration and the view it offers, it will leave you with the best impressions. Another choice for your stay is the Hotel Esperia centrally located in the city.
So, in Northern Greece is a city that you definitely want to add to your list of favorite destinations. With its historical wealth and natural beauty, Kavala incorporates the richness of past and modern Greece, making it one of the most interesting cities in the country to discover!