Kavala, For many tourists the city is point for ferry to island of Thassos. The small port stretches along the coast and is a haven for tourists who prefer smaller, modest and traditional towns.
If you are travelling in the region by car / bus you will be passing by numerous villages and small cities and you will observe that the construction of the houses is limited to 2 stories. According to the rumours, this is because of a law that forbids you to build higher houses. Almost all the houses are as if made by indigo – white colour, spacious and small roof. I am just guessing this is due to the summer temperatures.
Kavala is present on many leaflets and brochures, although the northern part is somehow shadowed by the famous Greek islands. Nevertheless, there are American, German groups wandering around the cobbled streets and around the yacht port.
The main attraction is beyond doubt the hill facing the ferry. There you can enjoy church, the residence Muhammad Ali of Egypt (now turned into 5 star hotel). The history is that he was really tolerant and respected every religion. He had build orphanage and religious school. His benevolent acts have gained him the admiration of the locals. The top of the hill offers marvellous views to both parts of the city.
Another touristic spot is the St. Nicholas Church of where according to the legend was converted the first Christian – Lidia. The stone on which the sacred ritual took place is in front of the building so you can connect to the times when Christianity was not a predominant religion. On the top of the hill is situated the famous Virgin Mary Church (Panagia).
Don’t forget to drop by the Aqueduct as well. As you have encountered the town is a perfect mix of Ottoman, Byzantine, Roman and Greek culture. The beautiful bay with the fisherman’s boats and sparkling water only add up to its charm.
A couple of warning for the careless foreigners: the locals are not so patient with the pedestrians. Cars or motor vehicles will rush around you so try to be cautious. Dogs are occupying many of the pedestrian walks.
Souvenir shops and tavernas – Bear in mind the regular working time of the shops and cafes is not the one you are used to. Most of them close around noon and reopen late afternoon. Don’t rely on your good luck but check in advance or ask around. Of course, in case you are staying there for more than a day, you can walk around and come back whenever you please. Try to act like the locals and leave your punctuality at home!