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In the mood for a weekend getaway? What could be better than a brisk winter walk down the charming streets of the old city in Kavala, which will lead you to one of the dozens of quaint area tavernas for a relaxing glass of wine amidst the company of your loved ones?
Dress casual and head for Karaolis Square – a place with plenty of shade and a good number of seafood restaurants. From there, take a walk down Poulidou Street. As you walk up this street, you will come across the legendary «Imaret» Inn – an exceptional example of Muslim architecture that was built by Mohamed Ali Pasha in 1817 and has now been converted into a luxury hotel.

view of docklands in Kavala

view of docklands in Kavala

A stop there for a cup of coffee is not a bad idea at all since Imaret offers one of the best views of the city. A little further down, visitors can see Mohamed Ali’s home, which was built in the 18th century and is located in the square that bears his name. The garden inside his home is considered one of the biggest tourist attractions of the Old City, and justifiably so, as you will see for yourself. As you continue your walk, sooner or later you will come across the lighthouse that is located in the schoolyard. This is yet another site that features an amazing view.
Walking amidst the old homes, you will find the trail that leads to the Castle – a monument that stands as a symbol for the city of Kavala. This citadel, which is 65 meters high, was built during the Byzantine era (around 1452).

Following the sack of the city, its colonization and the establishment of the new city, Suleiman the Magnificent and Ibrahim Pasha fortified the citadel’s walls and extended them to cover all the settlements in the city. They subsequently built the city’s Aqueduct, thus establishing a castle city that was practically impregnable.
Your stroll through the old city comes to an end once you reach the old Aqueduct (known as Kamares), which stands as the natural boundary between the old and new city of Kavala.

Sightseeing
The Lazarists
The convent of Lazarists, is situated in Kipros Str. and was built between 1888-1892. The building has architectural elements mixed with neoclassical influence and was used as a French Embassy. Today it houses the only Catholic church in the city.

Great Greek Community Club
The building of «Megali Leschi» of the Great Greek Community Club of Kavala was built in 1909 by the Ladies Philoptochos (Friends of the poor) Sisterhood. It is a typical example of eclectic architectural style with a lot of embedded neoclassical motifs, e.g. Columns, Pediments etc. Located next to the town hall, it is used for secular organization and other social events. While in neoclassical form it has elements of ancient tradition. Today, its partially used by the Municipality for cultural events due to the restoration works that have already started.

Adolf Wix Building
The building was built in 1899 by the German Baron Adolf Wix to serve as the center of commercial activity and as a house. Architecturally speaking, it is very similar to the adjacent building of the current town hall. Today, after several changes in ownership, it belongs to the municipality of Kavala.

Old houses in Kavala

Old houses in Kavala

The Town Hall
The building, a Hungarian miniature tower,, was built around 1895 by the Hungarian tobacco trader Pierre Herzog. After his death, the building passed into the possession of the “Limited Liability Company of Tobacco and Overseas”. In 1937, under the administration of Mayor Athanasios Balanos, it was purchased by the Municipality of Kavalaand has since housed the town hall.

The Toko’s Mansion
Toko’s Mansion was built in 1879 by Dimitrios Tokos a tobacco trader and its architectural style is influenced by romantic eclecticism. During the first years of the 20th century the Mansion was used as Italian Subconsulate and in 1911 it was purchased on behalf of the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Kavala (Friends of the Poor). From 1913 to1937, it housed the town hall and from its terrace in 1929 Eleftherios Venizelos made his speech. After the Second World War it housed the Private School Papassideri. Today it houses the Revenue Department of Byzantine Antiquities.

The  Municipal Conservatory  
The building of the Municipal Conservatory (along with the adjacent building once owned by Kleon Krantonellis) is the oldest among the houses having been built before 1864.It belonged to the N. and E. Grigoriadis Brothers, two of the first tobacco traders. After the World War One it served as a Bank and since 1987 (it was inaugurated in its present form in 1990) it has belonged to the Municipality of Kavala and houses the Municipal Conservatory. Its strong neoclassical character, its impressive frontons, the columns and the sculptures indicate the architect’s attempt to emphasize on the power, wealth and the national pride sourcing from the ancient tradition.

Kavala old town

Kavala old town

The Municipal Tobacco Warehouse
The Municipal Tobacco Warehouse was built during the two first decades of the 20th century as a tobacco warehouse for the Turkish tobacco trader Kizi Mimin. The building is characterized by architectural and morphological elements of Ottoman-Turkish and Neo-Classical architecture.Today it belongs to the Municipality of Kavala and will host exhibits of the Folk Museum of Kavala, the Tobacco Museum and series of temporary exhibitions.

Museums
The Archaeological Museum of Kavala
The Archaeological Museum of Kavala is one of the most important museums in Greece. Its space houses characteristic monuments from the broader cultural unity of Eastern Macedonia -Thrace, while it functions as museum of the city of Kavala and the wider region.
Among its displays there are findings from the Neolithic period – objects made of stone and clay, and discoveries of the prehistoric settlement of Philippi (Dikili Tas), from the Bronze Age. In a special room are exposed the findings from Neapolis and the ancient Amphipolis. In the museum there are findings from the Necropolis of Oisymi, Galipsos and Abdera.
The original building of the museum began to be built in 1961 and opened its doors to the public in December 1964, it was completed with the construction of the second floor some years later. After 30 years, a new building program drafted by the Revenue Department of Antiquities and the original designer of the building D. Fatouros, this led to a reshaping and an extension of the old building. As a result Kavala now has one of the most important museums in Greece.
Source: Archaeological Guide – Archaeological Museum of Kavala, Municipal tourism and business development, Version 2002
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30 until 15:00.
On Monday the museum is closed.

Tobacco Museum
The Tobacco Museum in Kavala is the only one of its kind in the whole of Europe. It is a modern industrial and experiential museum with various exhibits and a wealth of archival material (since the beginning of the 20th century) which calls the visitor to make a trip in space and time of the ‘eastern tobacco” trade when Kavala, in the early 20th century, was the biggest centre of commercial processing and main exporter of tobacco worldwide.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am until 13.30 pm at noon. Guided tours are also acceptable outside of opening hours upon request

Nea Peramos Kavala

Nea Peramos Kavala

Municipal Folklore Museum
The Municipal Folklore Museum of Kavala was established in 1969 and opened its doors to the public in 1988. From 1988 up until recently, it was housed in a neoclassical building on Philip 4 Street, dating to the first decade of the 20th century. Due to renovations the museum’s exhibition space is closed temporarily and is going to be re housed at the Municipal Tobacco Warehouse where the administrative offices had already been re housed.
The Municipal Museum of Kavala is currently composed of the following sections:

Department of Historical Archives, including: documents of the Foreign Ministry, the Foreign Office – the English Vice-Consulate in Kavala, the French and Austrian Vice- Consulates, private collections, collection of documents of the Labour/Clerical Centre of Kavala, film and theater collection, collection of documents of the Jewish community, photo collection, archive articles and audiovisual material.
Department of ethnographic collection, which includes traditional costumes, needlework, textiles, jewellery, tools, utilitarian objects and many other products of modern Greek folk culture, which represent the urban and rural life of Kavala and the region from the second half of the 18th century up to the 20th century.
Department of Visual Arts collection, which includes the Art Gallery and Greek Artists Sculpture Gallery composed of local and non-local artists, and the Museum “Polygnotos Vagi” with paintings, sculptures, tools, personal items and personal files from the famous Thassian sculptor and painter, Polygnotos Vagis.
Department of Natural History, which contains a rich collection of birds from the wetlands of Nestos and Strimonas River.
Department of Library, and
Department of Museum Education

Kamares in Kavala

Kamares in Kavala

Historical and Ethnological Museum
In Nea Karvali (7km east of Kavala) is the Historical and Ethnological Museum of the Greeks of Cappadocia. There you can admire precious Kappadocian costumes, carpets of the famous Kappadocian School, paintings, jewellery, embroidery etc. The museum received the European Union Award “The best museum in Europe” for 1997 for that kind of museum.

Tourist Information Center
In the city centre, in Liberty Square, is the Visitor Welcome Center and Tourist Information Center that provides tourist information to visitors for the city and the whole region, makes room reservations and sells souvenirs, responds to text messages (e-mail, fax and postal letters), providing information.
Processes data of tourist traffic and records them.
An «e-corner» functions as well as a ticket office for cultural events, etc.
Contact Information: Tel/Fax.: 30 2510 231011  e-mail: touristinfo@danekav.gr

Access to Kavala
By plane
The airport  “Alexander the Great” , in a distance of 27 km from Kavala,  is connected with Athens by regularly scheduled flights and with a number of Western European cities by charters.

Castle of Kavala

Castle of Kavala

By bus/by car
Kavala can be reached by bus from Athens (distance 652 km) , Thessaloniki (distance 153 km), Drama, Serres, Xanthi, Komotini, and Alexandroupolis (distance 149 km). Komotini and Alexandroupolis are also served by long distance buses.

Coastal connections
Kavala is linked by boat with Thassos, Limnos, Chios, Samos, Ikaria, Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes, Kymi, Agios Konstantinos, Piraeus, Mytilini, and Samothrace.

Usefull Telephone Numbers
Emergency Numbers:
Hospital: 2513 501100
Police: 100
Police Department: 2510223720, 2510622215
Traffic Police: 2510622230-1
Port: 2510 224967, 2510 224472
Port (Coast Guar.): 108
Fire department: 2510 244444 & 2510 244199
Buses: 2510 222218
Intercity Buses: 2510 222294
Airport: 25910 52370-71-72
Olympic: 2510 223622, 2510 225577
Aegean: 2510 229000
Post: 2510 833330
Greek National Tourism Organisation: 2510 231653

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