Á 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, án 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
is an important port ïn the Balkan. Neapolis - Christoupolis -
Êáíálá 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
ÉÉ has anne÷ed 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.
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.
museum contains the following collections:
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
1st of July to 31th of October :
Monday : 12.00 - 19.00, Tuesday - Sunday, occasions : 08.00
Adults: 500 drachmas, Senior citizens: 400 drachmas, Students:
Erithrou Stavrou 17, p.c. 65110, Kavala
Tel.: 051/222.335, Fax: 051/224.717
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
the centuries it was rebuilded and expanded and several times.
last rebuild is from the time of turkish occupation of the city.
The citadel at Phillippi
The ruined citadel lies ïn a knoll over the archaeological
site of Philippi. It was used as á 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 ïn the headland of Vrasidas at Nea
Peramos. Only part of the walls have survived the passage of time.
It was used as á watchtower of the local port.
Ôhe tower at Apollonia
Those travelling from Nea Peramos to Loutra Eleftheron ïn
the road along the coast are able to see this tower. The fortress
was built to guide ships and watch over the area.
Ôhe castle at Orfani
Ïn the hill opposite the village of Orfani are the remains
of a castle probably built ßn 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.
DÅÔÁÊ, TOUBI'S Publishes, Prefecture Kavalas