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Kavala Travel Guide

Kavala is situated in Northern Greece. In fact Kavala is second in ranking amongst the biggest cities of Greece. It is the primary seaport of the eastern part of Macedonia. Kavala is actually located on the Bay of Kavala across from Thasos Island. Kavala is structured amphitheatrically. The result is that residents get the privilege of enjoying the spectacular views of sea and the coast.

Brief history - Kavala had been founded by people from Thassos during 6th century BC. It was earlier known as Neapolis “new city”. Kavala came under the Roman reign in 168 BC. The Apostle Paul made a landing at Kavala at the time of his earliest voyage to Europe.

During the Byzantine era, Kavala was known as Christoupolis and Morunets by the Greeks and the Bulgarians respectively. The Byzantine emperor Justinian tried to fortify the city during the 6th century as a protection from barbaric attacks. The Bulgarians made an attack during the period extending from 8th to the 9th century. The city had been burnt and captured during Norman raid (1185) in Macedonia.

Kavala witnessed plenty of growth and prosperity during the Ottoman reign between the periods extending from 1387 to 1912.

Climate - Kavala enjoys a temperate climate. The summer months can be really hot and humid. However the nights are comfortable with cool, crisp mountain air blowing through the region.

What to see and do in Kavala - Kavala retains its antiquity even more than many other Greek areas. Visitors coming to Kavala will get the authentic feel of Greek culture and history, which is still untouched by modernity, especially the northern part.

• The ancient city of Philippi dates to 360 BC and is one of the great historical tourist hot spots of the region. This city had been under the control of numerous rulers like King Phillip and Octavian. It was also the site for the famous Saint Paul’s imprisonment.

• A unique specialty of Kavala includes mud baths with special therapeutic properties. Many aged and ailing people use these hot baths for soothing effects and revitalization.

• The hot springs located not very far from the mud baths are to be found in the Pangeo mountain ranges. The regions around the Strimonas River, Nestos River and the Evro River have lot of opportunities for indulging in water activities such as fishing, rafting, and kayaking.

• Tourists may also visit the ancient town of Drama. About 20 km from this town is the famous Mara’s Cave at Kokinogies. Kavala Archeological Museum and Kavala Municipal Museum are other places worthy of visit.

• There are also some lovely beaches to be found near Doosla and Iraklitsa. These beaches are lined with a lot of restaurants, shops selling souvenirs, and other items of tourist interests.

• Visitors can also plan to go to the monasteries located in Kavala. Notable amongst these is Ikosifinisa which is the earliest monastery in Europe.

With a host of tourist attractions Kavala attracts tourist by the droves each year.

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