Kavala boasts a unique character reflecting its recent past: neoclassical mansions and big tobacco warehouses evoke the memory of a distant past when a wealthy bourgeoisie was dominating the city. In the “Mecca of tobacco” as Kavala was named in the past, thousands of tobacco workers, male and female, earned their living. Their faces will remain alive for all eternity thanks to the black and white photos adorning the walls of the city’s Tobacco Museum. At the cobblestoned, lined with palm trees port, stand one next to another modern buildings and fish tavernas, while fish boats cast their reflection on azure waters.
This unique character perfectly combines with the modern ways of life and entertainment. The city’s most popular meeting point is Eleftherias Square, while the most buzzing point is Megalou Alexandrou pedestrian street, featuring chic shops, cafes, bars as well as a tobacco warehouse that has been transformed into a shopping centre. Close to Eleftherias square lies the old scenic neighbourhood of Agios Nikolaos, with the picturesque pedestrian streets and tavernas, leading you to the ultimate traditional destination, the old town at Panagias Peninsula. Kavala is also a centre of arts. The Filippi drama Festival in the Summer, the musical festival of every kind of music, and many more cultural events take place in Kavala all year round.
With frequent ferry service from Kavala and Keramoti, Thassos is a magnificent summer destination, even for daily excursions. Known as the “Emerald of the Aegean”, Thassos combines traditional mountain villages with cosmopolitan seaside resorts and sparkling beaches.
Near Crysoupolis town, Nestos River is a scenery of exquisite beauty and ecological interest. Enjoy hiking on the European path E6 while finding rare flora and fauna or go down the river by canoe and kayak. Reaching the Delta of the river is a unique experience; it stretches for 27km and It is the habitat of herons, cormorants and flamingos.
Nea Peramos and Nea Iraklitsa are nearby seaside resorts with long sandy beaches. There are hotels, a wide range of tourist facilities and the appropriate infrastructure for climbing and diving lovers. Restaurants and cafes can be found along the seafront lend.
Mt Paggaio, 1956 meters above sea level, is covered with chestnuts, beeches and oaks while an asphalt road goes up to the mountain top. At the top there is a spacious ski run and a refuge for climbers. Midway, you can stop at the chalet ‘Dasiko Chorio’, where you can have a meal as well as find lodging. Besides that, οn the way towards the top there are grillrooms and springs with running fresh water. The mountainsides are ideal for climbing.
Phlippi is a complex of ancient, classical and roman monuments. The ancient theatre and the forum, the Roman Egnatia Via and the Christian Basilica are the main musts of the area. Moreover the ancient theatre of Philippi is an UNESCO world heritage site.