15 Jun, 2009

Kavala – The Important Port of Northern Greece


Kavala is a large city in Northern Greece, featuring a long and rich history of more than 2,500 years. It is the capital and administrative center of the homonym prefecture, a place where sea and mountains, modernity and tradition coexist.

The city’s names were various throughout the centuries; it was called Neapolis during the 7th century BC and was a part of the great Athenian Alliance. Later on, it became part of the Macedonian Reign under Phillip 2nd and later Alexander the Great. It served Macedonia as a port, being one of the best appointed harbors in the region. During that time it gained its prosperity and bloomed, becoming the trading hub of northern Greece. Later, St Paul came there to preach Christianity; at that point Neapolis became Christoupolis (the city of Christ).

The prefecture of Kavala, part of East Macedonia, is an important pole of attraction for tourists who travel to Northern Greece; it features a large number of ancient theatres and odeons, and of course the large archaeological site of Filippi. It is also the main port and starting point for boat excursions to lovely nearby islands, such as Thassos. It is situated between two important rivers, Nestos and Strymonas, bordering the Aegean Sea as well. The mainland covers 1,720,000 acres and the islands approximately 380,000 acres.

Kavala features numerous sandy and clean beaches that bear the Blue Flag, awarded by the European Union to the safest and cleanest beaches in Europe. Most of the beaches are organized, featuring all conveniences required to modern travelers. The city and seaside resort also features a large number of hotels and other accommodation outlets for all needs and budgets. Local restaurants and tavernas offer fresh fish and seafood that exist in abundance, as well as tsipouro, a local fiery drink that puts consumers in the best mood right away.



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