9 things to do and see in Kavala
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9 things to do and see in Kavala

Kavala ● Macedonia ● 18 February 2018
 

Kavala is one of the best-preserved and prettiest old towns of Greece. Built amphitheatrically on a hill by the sea, it impresses the visitors not only with its multicultural aura between East and West but also with its beauty and variety of things to do.

Medieval arches

The emblematic arches that represent a section of the city's aqueduct, which was built in the 16th century, are one of the most recognisable landmarks of Kavala.


Imaret

Imaret in the old town of Kavala is an exquisite example of Islamic architecture. It was built in 1817 as a theological school by Mehmet Ali. In 2004, it was restored and transformed into a luxury hotel. Although today Imaret is a private property, several parts of the premises are open to the general public.


Old town

The old town of Kavala is a charming neighbourhood built in a horseshoe pattern on a peninsula. There, you will find elegant mansions, paved streets and an impressive castle overlooking the city and the sea. Mehmet Ali's restored home (built in 1720) is worth visiting as today it is a museum focusing on this historical figure. Don't miss Halil Bey Mosque in the old town, which until the 1930 housed the local philharmonic orchestra.

Town Hall

The town hall of Kavala has a plethora of gothic elements and looks like a replica of a Hungarian palace. It was built in the late 19th century for the Hungarian tobacco merchant Baron Peter Herzog.


Tobacco Museum

In the area of Kavala and eastern Macedonia, was flourishing the growing and processing of tobacco. In this museum, you will be informed about the history of this great source of income during the 19th and early 20th century,

Archaeological Museum

The collection of the Archaeological Museum of Kavala hosts findings dating from Neolithic, ancient Macedonian and Byzantine times. The visit here is a great opportunity to learn the history of the wider region before going to the archaeological site of Philippi.

Archaeological site of Philippi

The archaeological site of Philippi, which has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016, has yielded a section of the ancient Egnatia Odos highway and has ruins from the Roman Agora and an ancient theatre built by King Phillip of Macedonia in the 4th century B.C. The finds of the excavation are displayed in the museum there.


Mount Pangeo

West of Kavala, Eleftheroupoli has the charming district of Agios Eleftherios. Mount Pangeo has beautiful hiking paths, rivers and forests as well as picturesque villages, such as Kipia, Domatia, Moustheni and Mesoropi.

Nestos Delta

The Nestos Delta is located west of Kavala and covers 50,000 hectares. It is considered one of the most important wetlands in Europe and is home to the largest riverside forest in Greece as well as the lagoons of Keramoti, Agiasma, Erateino and Vassova. Worthwhile is a stop at Alatza Giolat, the Lake of the Colours, which impresses the visitor with the variations of the hues on its surface.



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