Tourist’s guide to Kavala: a picturesque city of Greece with rich history

Tourists come to the city of Kavala (Greece) not only for a lazy beach holiday. There are historical sights and monuments of architecture, museums and night clubs. Only after seeing Kavala in the photo, many choose the city as their vacation destination. And Kavala is characterized by a comfortable climate – it is hot in summer, and the sea heats up to 26 degrees, you can safely take children to rest, and in winter it is not too cold.

Evening city

But let’s deal with everything in order.

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General information

The city of Kavala, built before our era, combines all the charms of nature and ancient architecture. It is located on the shores of the Aegean Sea and is located near Mount Symbolo. At the same time, the city is surrounded by forests, which only adds to its natural splendor. The main streets of Kavala climb the mountain, this creates the illusion that they flow directly into the sea. In addition, the Nestos and Strimon rivers, located on the outskirts of the city, contribute to this.

Architecture of the city of Kavala

Interesting! Kavala has little resemblance to a classical Greek city. In the Middle Ages, the Slavs lived in the city, several times it was captured by the Bulgarians. For 5 centuries it was Turkish territory. Only the 20-21 century became the time of Greece for Kavala. All this greatly influenced the architecture of the city – it has a very diverse look.

There are not so many locals here – just over 70 thousand live in Kavala, but almost half a million people visit the city as tourists. The beauty of the settlement, its location and eventful history attract many people to the city. Kavala has long been a tourist destination in Greece, but has not lost its original charm, although it has gained all the necessary infrastructure.

Weather and climate in the city

It is rare to see a photo of Kavala with a cloudy sky, and there is a logical explanation for this.

Kavala air temperature for months

In the summer, the region is quite hot – the air confidently heats up to + 30 … + 33 degrees. The heat is not felt very strongly, the sea blows cool, and the mountains give their share of cooling. Summer heat is often diluted with trade winds blowing from the mountains. They are not cold, but simply create a comfortable freshness.

Traditionally, the hottest months in Kavala are July-August. The average water temperature during this period is + 26 … + 27 degrees, air (during the day) – +32. There is practically no rainfall, and the number of sunny days in a month is 29.

Water temperature

In June and September, the most comfortable temperature for relaxation is + 27 … + 28 degrees, the sea warms up to + 23 … + 24 degrees, a little cooler than during the peak season, you can swim without problems. At night, the temperature drops to +16, so for evening walks, it is advisable to have a light jacket.

Winter in Kavala is mild. The average air temperature in the daytime is + 8 … + 10 degrees, at night – + 2 … + 4.

The rainiest month is March, but the rainfall is even small at that time, and there are only 3-4 rainy days.

Nice to know! The Aegean Sea is deservedly called the warmest.

Transport connection

The constant influx of tourists has created all the conditions for the development of the city. Now there is a wonderful transport connection with water, land and air routes.

Local airport
Kavala Airport

Kavala has an airport – it is located 30 km from the city. Such a remoteness of the airport allows you not to live under the buzz of airplanes, but also not to torment tourists during a long trip to the city. In summer, a lot of charter flights come here, including from Russia. In winter, only regular flights from Dusseldorf, Athens, Studgard and Munich.

From the airport of Kavala “Megas Alexandros” to the city there is an opportunity to get only by taxi. There is no direct bus service.

City port
Port of kavala

In addition to air traffic, Kavala also receives guests from the sea. In the bay is the port of Kavala, and not far from another – Keramoti. Sea transport runs year-round, connecting the region with islands located in the northern Aegean.

Taxi is not the most popular form of transport in Kavala – the region has a developed intercity bus service. From east to west, the region is crossed by Yegnatia Odos, an intercity highway. In addition to buses, daily rental cars are common. This is very important for tourists, because Kavala in Greece and sights are inseparable concepts, there is something to see here.

Good to know! Throughout Greece, a single taxi fare applies. For 1 euro you can drive only 1 km.

Moreover, discounts are provided for regular customers, and it is also possible to use discount coupons.

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The city’s attractions

Aqueduct
Photo: Camares Aqueduct

One of the places to visit in Kavala is the medieval Kamares aqueduct. The height of the structure is 25 meters, the length is 280. This arched structure until the beginning of the 20th century served as a supply of fresh water to the city. Now it is a visiting card of Kavala.

There is a landmark near the old city. At night, the aqueduct is highlighted and looks especially impressive.

Imaret
Swimming pool at the hotel- Imaret attractions

The building was built in 1817 by order of the Ottoman ruler Muhammad Ali. Initially, Imaret served as a free dining room for those in need. During its existence, it changed its purpose several times: it was a home for refugees, served as a warehouse, part of it was reserved for a restaurant.

Now the prestigious Imaret Hotel is operating there. There is a tourist attraction in the historical center of the city.

Ancient philippes
Photo: Landmark Ancient Philipps

For Christians, the city also prepared its own attraction – only 17 km from Kavala are the Ancient Phillips. They are famous for the fact that the Christian community was founded there by the apostle Paul himself.

Now it is the largest monument of antiquity in Greece, is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In Philippi you can see the ruins of Christian temples, the walls of the prison of the Apostle Paul and other buildings.

The ancient theater, which later became the arena for gladiatorial battles, is also well preserved here. Currently, festivals are held at this place.

If you are not a big connoisseur of archeology, it is better to go sightseeing with a guide, otherwise you may be bored.

  • The cost of an adult ticket is 6 euros, children – 3 euros. If you arrive shortly before the opening, you can go for free. Be sure to bring water, a hat and shoes with closed comfortable shoes (snakes may occur).
  • Open: in the winter from 8:00 to 15:00, from April 1 – from 8:00 to 20:00.
  • You can get here either by bus from Kavala (travel about 2 €), or by a rented car yourself. Near the attraction there is parking, a bus stop is also within walking distance.
Kavala Fortress
Fortress walls

This is perhaps the main attraction and symbol of the city of Kavala. The construction of the fortress was completed in 1425 on the site of the ruins of the Byzantine Acropolis of Christopolis.

The entire Acropolis is built of local granite stone mixed with marble and bricks. The inner fence was the most important part of the Acropolis, as it was part of the vital defenses.

Today, visitors to the fortress can see:

  • The central circular tower, which in the past performed a protective function. From the roof of the tower offers a unique panoramic view of the city of Kavala.
  • Arsenal and storage of food products that were transformed into a prison in the 18th century.
  • Guardhouse, which housed the guards and officers.
  • In the outer building there is one polygonal and two square towers, as well as a modern open-air theater, which regularly hosts music events, theater performances and various celebrations.

After a walk around the fortress, visitors can enjoy a drink in the cafeteria, enjoying views of the theater.

  • Admission: 2.5 € adult, 1.5 € – children’s
  • Opening hours: from May to September – 08: 00-21: 00, in October and April – 08:00 – 20:00, from early November to the end of March – 8:00 – 16:00.
  • Location: 117 Omonias | Top of Panagia Peninsula, Kavala 654 03, Greece. You can get either on foot or on a free train. The latter leaves from Omonia Square (stop opposite the National Bank) once an hour from 8:00 to 14:00 from Monday to Saturday.
Tobacco Museum
Exposition at the Museum of Tobacco

It is the largest tobacco museum in Europe. Here are archived photographs, and collections, books and articles. You can see tools, machines, paintings and frames related to tobacco and tobacco production.

  • Address: 4 Paleologou Konstadinou, Kavala, Greece
  • Open: October-May – from 8:00 to 16:00 (Sat – from 10 to 14), June-September – on weekdays from 8:00 to 16:00, weekends from 10:00 to 14:00, Thursday – from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The cost of a full ticket is 2 €, for a child – 1 €.
Muhammad Ali House Museum
Egypt founder house

If you hope to see the home of the American boxer Mohammed Ali in Greece, then you will be disappointed. This attraction is the house in which the founder of the state of Egypt was born and raised.

The house is located near the castle on a hill with a beautiful view of the city of Kavala. The house is two-story, inside you can see furniture and household items from the time of residence in it of Muhammad Ali.

  • Ticket price: 3 €.
  • Schedule: every day from 9:00 to 15:00.

Kavala beaches

The city of Kavala in Greece captivates with its history and gorgeous beaches. This Greek beauty contains all the facets of a diverse holiday. Lovers of beach vacations will be fascinated not only by magnificent beaches, but also enjoy the historical beauty. The same thing works and vice versa – history buffs will be able to appreciate not only antiquity, but also the pleasant essence of the sea resort.

The region and city of Kavala in Greece have beaches that are nearly 100 km long. In the city and its environs there are 4 bathing beaches.

Aspri
Photo: Aspri Beach

The beach is located in the western part of the city by a local bus. It is divided into 2 parts – public and private. Water and sand, clean enough, are being cleaned. If you buy a drink, you can use sun loungers and umbrellas for free. There is a shower and locker rooms. Nearby there is a supermarket and parking, there are also a cafe.

Rapsani
Kavala City Beach

The central city beach, respectively, all the necessary infrastructure nearby. The sandy strip is not wide, the water is clear, despite the location. Sun beds, umbrellas and showers are also available.

Batis
Photo: Batis

Located 9 km west of Kavala. You can get on any bus that goes towards Nea Paramros. Batis is located in a picturesque bay, lovers of photography will love it here.

There is also everything you need for a beach holiday. It is much calmer here than in the city. Nearby there is a campsite where you can stop if you travel by car and prefer a “wild” vacation.

Ammolofi
Photo: Ammolofi Beach

The beach is located 18 km northwest of Kavala. Here, reading water, a wide sandy strip, is suitable for swimming with children. As in Aspri, when ordering a drink at the bar, you get a sunbed with a pretty thatched umbrella.

There is everything you need for a comfortable, carefree vacation – parking nearby, bars, cafes, showers, toilet. From Kavala you can get here by regular bus.

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Holidays and city festivals

Each significant event in the city was awarded a holiday. Especially often this honor fell to the harvest. Over time, part of the holidays firmly entrenched in the culture. Now in Kavala there are regular holidays dedicated to such foods:

Food festival
  • Watermelon
  • Asparagus
  • Chestnut
  • Grape
  • Potatoes

They are called – “Potato Festival”. This vegetable has been dedicated to more than one day; in September, an entire festival takes place in honor of it. At the beginning of the month, festivities take place with songs, dances and all kinds of potato dishes. Also an interesting event is the “Livestock Festival” with dishes of boiled goat meat.

Many tourists especially love the “Grape Festival”. Locals jokingly call it an intoxicating holiday. It takes place as part of a festival dedicated to wine and tsipuro. The sea of ​​delicious Greek wine at this holiday is complemented by excellent grilled seafood, juicy olives and hot dances. You can attend this unforgettable event in October.

Phillip Theater Festival

The whole region and city of Kavala is famous for its other festivals. The beginning of July is dedicated to the dance festival. The Cosmopolis international festival takes place in the same month. Also at the end of July, the “Phillip Festival” begins, dedicated to concerts and theater performances.

The city of Kavala (Greece), for sure, will be remembered to you as a pleasant and atmospheric city. Any tourist can find something especially here and get multifaceted pleasure. Many wish to return the court again to once again see all the splendor of this “blue city”.

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