:: Sightseeing ::


unique opportunity to meet the past and vanish in the present. From the blue expanse of the west coast to the Orphic surroundings of mystical Mt. Pangaion and from the scenic routes alongside the river Nestos to the bustling city of Kavala. Thassos, n island where pine trees sweep along toward the sea is facing Kavala; touring round the island can fill the eyes with lovely images.
This land awakes the senses and every step is a unique experience. It has always been a crossroad of culture and a stop for great travellers and army leaders, from Philip II, Alexander the Great and Mark Antony to Paul the Apostle. The scenery varies pleasantly from beaches to limitless plains and woodlands interspersed with quaint small restaurants, cafes and fully-equipped hotels. There is nothing more delightful than disappearing into the pure blue waters, ambling along large stretches of sand, sipping a glass of local spirit called 'tsipouro', sampling fresh fish as well as exploring the recesses of the country. So if you choose to visit Kavala, you will have opted for pleasure

Kavala is an important port n the Balkan. Neapolis - Christoupolis - l are its historical names. It has been inhabited since Neolithic times. In the 7th century BC it was a Thassian colony under the name of Neapolis and later it joins the Athenian Alliance. It gains great prosperity during the Macedonian rule, after Philip has anneed it, its harbour serving Philippi. Paul the Apostle comes to Neapoli to preach the Christian faith in Europe. In Byzantine times, the town is renamed 'Christoupolis'. The important monument of the old aqueduct, nowadays known as Kamares, dates from that period. Kavala's course in history is alive at every step you take. In the Archeological Museum of Kavala, there are unigue exhibits, such as remains of Athena Parthenon's Temple and other exhibits from the whole region, namely Oisymi, Galypsos, Dikili Tass, Nikisiani and Avdira.

Archaeological Museum
The museum was built in 1963-64 by the architects D. Fatouros and G. Triantaphyllides, professors of the Polytechnic School and the Aristoteleian University of Thessaloniki. The plans for the extension of the building have already been made by the Polytechnic School of Thessaloniki, under the direction of Prof. D. Fatouros.

The museum contains the following collections:

Collection of Prehistoric items.
Finds from Neapolis.
Finds from Amphipolis.

Dates - Time
From 1st of November to 31th of March :
Monday : Closed,
Thusday - Sunday, occasions : 08:30 - 17:00

From 1st of July to 31th of October :
Monday : 12.00 - 19.00, Tuesday - Sunday, occasions : 08.00 - 19.00

Ticket price
Adults: 500 drachmas, Senior citizens: 400 drachmas, Students: 300 drachmas.
Erithrou Stavrou 17, p.c. 65110, Kavala
Tel.: 051/222.335, Fax: 051/224.717

Municipal Museum
The museum, which is housed in a wonderful neo-classical building of the 19th century B.C., is a monument of itself . Visitors may admire jewellery, costumes and handicrafts, amazing samples of our folk culture. Here is also the Historical Archives of the city, while paintings and sculptures of famous Greek artists are also exhibited here. In a special section are exhibited the creations of the famous Thassian sculptor Polygnotos Vagis (1894-1965).

The castle of Kavala
The castle of Kavala is the trade mark of the city. The fist wall was built in the 5th century B.C., to fortify the city of Neapoli.

During the centuries it was rebuilded and expanded and several times.

Its last rebuild is from the time of turkish occupation of the city.

The citadel at Phillippi
The ruined citadel lies n a knoll over the archaeological site of Philippi. It was used as lookout post in post-Byzantine times. The views of Mt Pangaion which towers over the plain of Philippi opening before your eyes are fantastic.

The castle at Palaiochori
This Byzantine castle lies on a hillside just opposite Philippi's citadel above the village of Palaiochori. The view from the castle is marvellous as you run your eyes over the area as far as the mountains surrounding the land of Philippi.

Anaktoroupoli at Nea Peramos
This castle is situated n the headland of Vrasidas at Nea Peramos. Only part of the walls have survived the passage of time. It was used as watchtower of the local port.

he tower at Apollonia
Those travelling from Nea Peramos to Loutra Eleftheron n the road along the coast are able to see this tower. The fortress was built to guide ships and watch over the area.

he castle at Orfani
n the hill opposite the village of Orfani are the remains of a castle probably built n Byzantine times. The whole area is interspersed with ruins of ancient settlements, which are the vestiges of development that the area around the important ancient city of Amphipolis achieved.

photos: D, TOUBI'S Publishes, Prefecture Kavalas