Among the most important cities in the Greco-Roman world and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, ancient Philippi, which dates from 360 BC, takes the breath away with majestic structures such as its iconic theatre.
The Medieval Fortress
Kavala’s early-15th-century citadel, which stands on the highest point of the Panagia Peninsula, is a thrilling sight. Walk around the inner courtyard and climb onto the roof of the main circular tower for a unique view looking down on the city.
The Old Town
Situated on the Panagia Peninsula, old Kavala looks like something out of a fairytale. A stroll through its narrow atmospheric streets lined with pastel-coloured mansions offers a fascinating journey into 2,500 years of history, including some remarkable monuments from its medieval period.
Dating from the early 19th century, this astounding complex of buildings once served as a religious, educational and charitable institution. A great architectural achievement of the Ottoman Baroque, it has been completely restored and converted into a luxury hotel. There are guided tours of its public areas.
Kavala’s best-known landmark is its extraordinary aqueduct. Made from blocks of granite in the early 16th century, this magnificent 280-metre-long structure has 60 arches and marks a dividing line between the old town and the modern city.
The Baptistry of Saint Lydia
The historic village of Lydia, to the west of Philippi, is where the Apostle Paul first brought Christianity to Europe in 49 AD with his baptism of Lydia of Thyatira. Today, the open-air baptismal pool on the banks of the River Zygaktis is a place of pilgrimage, together with the modern Baptistry, built in 1974.
Halil Bey Mosque
This splendid building in the centre of the Panagia Peninsula, which dates from 1530 and stands on the site of an early Christian church, was once part of a larger complex that also included a seminary. It has now been restored and is used as a cultural space.
Kavala Archaeological Museum
This is among the most important museums of its kind in Greece, with finds from as far back as the Neolithic era. It has two impressive columns from the 5th-century-BC Ionian temple of Athena the Virgin, and an extensive collection of figurines and vases.
The Tobacco Museum
This state-of-the-art industrial museum uses interactive displays to bring to life Kavala’s unique history as a “Mecca of Tobacco” in the mid-19th-century Balkans. Combine your visit with a tour of the city’s historic tobacco warehouses.
This iconic street is a living architectural museum that bears witness to Kavala’s past commercial glory. Come here to admire grand neoclassical edifices of the 19th and 20th century, including public buildings and mansions once lived in by wealthy tobacco merchants.