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Kavala Holidays

Kavala holidays

Historic Kavala in northern Greece is Macedonia's second city and port. Not on the regular tourist map, it offers an unusual and fascinating stay. It is also home to one of Greece's most unique hotels, the luxurious and exclusive Imaret.

Old Town, Kavala, Greece

Holidays In Kavala

Kavala's 19th century wealth was based on the large tobacco industry that existed here, as evidenced by the remaining old warehouses around the port area. On the hill above the harbour is the most interesting part of the city - the old quarter called Panayia. This area has been occupied many times over the centuries and it is interesting to try and spot the architectural legacy of Byzantines, Franks, Venetians and Ottomans within the maze of narrow streets. Crowned by a well preserved Byzantine citadel, the views from here are fabulous.

The streets of the old town are also a good place to dine, as there are many small tavernas, grill houses, cafes and bars. Further choice is found in the fancier fish restaurants down on the quayside below.

Kavala has a small archaeological museum and three clean sandy beaches - one at each entrance (both with a Blue Flag) and one central called Rapsani.

The big name archaeological site here is Philippi just 16 kms to the north. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this is where St Paul first preached in Europe, having landed in Kavala. The ruins that remain are largely Roman but it is a huge and impressive site, and a 'must visit' for anyone staying in the city.

A few nights in Kavala can be easily combined with Thassos or the eastern (Athos) side of Halkidiki (Olymbiada and Ammouliani island) - see below for details.

Friday flights from Gatwick or Manchester to Kavala. Then 30 mins taxi transfer.

Kavala has regular ferry links to Skala Prinos in Thassos (takes 75 minutes) and you can easily twin centre Kavala with any of our Thassos accommodation. We can also pair Kavala with eastern Halkidiki, staying at Olymbiada (transfer time 90 mins) or the island of Ammouliani (2 hrs plus 15 mins ferry). Please ask for a costing. However, we'd strongly recommend you keep the 5 star Imaret Hotel for the end of your holiday in order to avoid disappointment!

We do not have a representative in Kavala but do have a local representative and agent in Thassos who can always be contacted.

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