Kavala has been known in history under different names for over 26 centuries. The old town is an inspiring place to stroll and be infused in its history and natural beauty. The modern, lively part, offers museums, architectural remains of the rich tobacco trade history of the city and a variety of activities.
House of Mohammed Ali
Mohammed Ali’s house belonged to the Pasha of Egypt, Mohammed Ali, and it is a unique piece of the eighteenth century Ottoman architecture in Greece. Due to the latest restoration works (2001-2004) the house has been recognized as one of the most outstanding monuments of its time. Today, Mohammed Ali’s house functions as a museum and it is open every Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 - 14:00.
Castle of Kavala and the old town
One of the most representative features of Kavala is its acropolis, found at the top of the old town (Panagia) at the height of approximately 70 meters. The town was fortified in the 5th century BC with defensive walls surrounding the city from all sides. Interventions and repairs of the walls were made after the Roman period by Julian and Justinian. In its present form the Byzantine wall, was formed by Andronicus II Palaeologus, who combined the city’s stronghold with its water supply in the older model of Justinian’s Anastasioupolis. From the late 17th century, the acropolis was also used as a place of exile and imprisonment for the Sultan‘s nationals, and for a long time was the military and administrative center.Nowadays the monument serves as a cultural site and is used for leisure activities. Open Monday - Saturday 08:00 - 20:30.
Kavala’s Arches “ the aqueduct”
One of the most imposing monuments of Kavala are the "Arches" which was the last medieval aqueduct built to transfer water from the sources of Lekani mountain to the dry rock of Panagia, where the ancient, Byzantine and modern city of Kavala was developed.
Tobacco Museum of Kavala
The Tobacco Museum of Kavala is a thematic museum, which includes objects and archival material for the cultivation and production of tobacco, its rural and commercial processing, industrial tobacco products and exhibition samples. The uniqueness of the Tobacco Museum is not only that contains and exposes the commercial processing of oriental tobacco (not in any other museum in the world), but that it is a technology museum that brings out the social history of Kavala and the wider region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Open Monday - Saturday 09:00 - 14:00.
Situated at Erythrou Stavrou St. and home to the 18th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, offers the visitor a fascinating selection of finds from the prefecture of Kavala and the broader region of Eastern Macedonia & Thrace. Open Tuesday - Sunday 08:30 - 15:00.
Ancient Theatre of Philippi
The nearby ancient city of Philippi is the site of two major European historic events: the battle that defined the route of the Roman history and the place where Christianity was introduced in Europe by St Paul. The ancient Theatre of Philippi is a remarkable and important monument, built in 356BC by the king of Macedonia Philip II. It is one of the biggest theaters of antiquity, located at the foot of the acropolis and supported by the eastern wall of the city of Philippi. Even though it has undergone many changes over the centuries and some interventions, it still preserves many of its original elements. Open everyday 08:00 - 15:00.
Baptistery of St. Lydia
The Baptistery of St. Lydia lies in about 1 km far from the archaeological site of Philippi, next to the banks of the Zigaktis River. It is the place where Lydia of Philippi became the first European recorded of converting to Christianity in Europe by Apostle Paul. The Christian church honors Lydia of Philippi as a saint.