KAVALA - CHARMING DESTINATION
Kavala is a city in Macedonia built at the foot of Mount Symbol and it is said that its name comes from the ancient settlement "Skavalla", today's Old Kavala. The city of Kavala is known as one of the most beautiful cities - ports of Greece. The squares, the modern buildings, the shopping malls of the city, the traditional houses and the cobbled alleys of the old town are some of its features. Today it is one of the largest, after Thessaloniki, cities of Northern Greece, whose old town is built on the peninsula of Panagia around the medieval castle. At the top of the Old Town dominates the castle of Kavala which was built in the 15th century and today offers images of the modern and the old town. Its open-air theater hosts cultural events.
The city has a number of important attractions, churches and museums worth visiting. At the end of the peninsula of Panagia, there is the lighthouse from 1880 which is a pole of attraction due to the unique view. It was the first secular center of the old town as there were no other places of entertainment at that time. Kamares, the Medieval Aqueduct, is a work of the Byzantine period, an arched structure that aimed to bridge the peninsula of Panagia with the mountain range of the Basin to transport water to the old town. The fortress of Christoupolis with the outer precinct and the main citadel served for the defense of the city. The Monastery of Lazarists, built in 1888, was used as a French consulate, and presents mixed architectural elements with neoclassical influence. The bronze statue of Nike is the relief representation of the hero created by Dionysis Gerolymatos.
The house of Mehmet Ali was built in 1720 and has two floors with views on both sides of the peninsula. The Tobacco Museum is a thematic museum, which includes objects and materials for the cultivation and production of tobacco. The Holy Monastery of Panagia Eikosifoinissa is an imposing monastery located on Mount Paggaio. It is considered the national and religious center of Macedonia and includes rare icons, relics and manuscripts. The ancient Philippi, so renamed by the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II, is one of the most important archeological sites in eastern Macedonia. They are a landmark for Christianity, as the Apostle Paul founded there the first Christian church in Europe in 50 AD. They include the Walls, the Acropolis, the Theater, the Agora, the Palaestra, the prison of the Apostle Paul, the Royal A , B, C and the Octagon.
The Municipal Museum of Kavala which is housed in a traditional neoclassical building of the early 20th century includes sections of historical archive, natural history, library, museum education, collections of documents, traditional costumes, textiles, jewelry, paintings and sculptures. A rare historical and architectural monument is the Imaret of 1817, a gift from Mehmet Ali Pasha. At the foot of Paggaio is the Macedonian architecture Eleftheroupoli with the Arcades of Ancient Medals, the Forest Village of Paggaio and the ski center in the Orpheus Valley. A picturesque coastal village is Keramoti, near the mouth of the river Nestos with a unique forest and lagoons to Nea Karvali. The lagoons of Keramoti are a unique wetland that hosts rare bird species including cormorants and flamingos.
The "River of Life'', as they call the river Nestos, is one of the places with important wetlands while the area is famous for the rafting track and Canoe kayak. In the Prefecture of Kavala, along the entire coastline, there are beaches that are suitable for swimming. At a distance of 2 km from Nea Peramo, is the famous beach of Ammolofoi, surrounded by rock formations that adorn the coast, have received a blue flag and are considered one of the 10 best beaches in Greece. The cape of Brasidas is a small cove near the Dunes, a sandy beach with lush mountains and lush vegetation. Batis near Kalamitsa is a bay with great depth, the coast is sandy and in the shallows it has stones. Both the beach and the sea in Kalamitsa are sandy and fully organized and are a favorite choice for swimming.
Palio is 6 km from Kavala and has several coasts, the most famous of which are the Shipwreck, the Flowerpots and Il primo. Perigiali 2 km from the city center is a relatively quiet beach, without many people while the surrounding area is full of fish taverns with local dishes. Rapsani is an organized beach in the city center, next to Faliro Park, sandy with minimal rocks, a solution for those who can not move outside. The Rocks of Panagia are an alternative proposal in the old town, going up to the Castle with quite a lot of depth and steep rocks. In the village of Nea Iraklitsa the sea is sandy and the beach is fully organized while it is offered for water sports and is famous for its donuts. Tosca is a sandy, clean and fully organized beach 5 km from Kavala.
Kavala is the largest fishing center in Northern Greece, which is why it is famous for its seafood, while due to its multiculturalism, Macedonian cuisine has other influences such as those of Cappadocia and Pontus. Alipasta, sardine, mussel pilaf, herring saganaki, anchovy wrapped in vine leaves, stuffed eggplant are just some of the typical dishes of the area. The kourabiedes of Nea Karvali, also known as the best in Greece with whole almonds and spoon sweets, such as walnuts and figs, also have a special reputation. Also famous are the syrupy donuts in Nea Iraklitsa, Kavala and the area of Agios Nikolaos. One of the most famous local products of Kavala is its wine while there are organized wineries in various places in the Prefecture of Kavala. With traditional recipes of the drinkers, the local ouzo and tsipouro become one of the best in Greece. The asparagus of exceptional quality known all over the world are also the asparagus of Kavala sought after in France, Germany and Italy. Chrysoupoli beans due to the climatic conditions stand out for their unique taste.