Cruise Port Atlas | Kavala, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

Kavala, Greece Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Kavala: Voyages of Discovery, Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Holland America

Recommended Attractions: Imaret, Fortress, Aqueduct, Church of Panagia, Promenade, Archaeological Museum, Philippi, Mud Spa, Lydia, Nestos Delta, Wineries, Alistrati Cave, Beaches

Kavala Attractions

Port to Imaret - 0.25 KM, 5 minute strenuous walk
Port to Fortress - 1 KM by taxi, 3 minutes or 15 minute strenuous walk
Port to Church of Panagia - 1 KM by taxi, 3 minutes or 15 minute walk
Port to Aqueduct - 0.75 KM, 2 minutes or 15 minute walk
Port to Promenade - 1 KM, 3 minutes or 15 minute walk
Port to Archaeology Museum - 1.25 KM, 4 minutes or 20 minute walk
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Most of Kavala's historic attractions are on the rocky peninsula acropolis where the first settlement of Neapolis was founded. The most obvious attraction is the Fortress which sits at the top of the hill. The fortress we see today is primarily the work of the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent during the 16th century. Closer to the passenger terminal is the Imaret Mudrassah, created by Muhammad Ali in the early 19th century that now serves as a luxury hotel. Ali's birth home is walking distance from the Imaret. The Church of Panagia and historic lighthouse are situated high above the Bay of Kavala at the end of the peninsula. During the Byzantine era a massive aqueduct (called Kamares) was built to supply the old city with water. The well-maintained structure stands in the city center high above the streets. A modern seaside promenade has been constructed on the northern side of the port and offers restaurants and tavernas with great views. The Archaeolocical Museum of Kavala includes artifacts from the Neolithic age through many centuries of Macedonian, Thracian and Greek history. The colorful modern Agora section of the city offers a shopping market with a wide variety of local products.

           

   

Photo of Aqueduct by Edal

Philippi Attractions

Port to Philippi - 17 KM, 30 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Alexander the Great's father Philip established a city at Philippi to protect the goldmines that were nearby. Architectural elements can be seen at the Philippi Archaeological Museum and on the acropolis. The Greek Theater is still used for performances. Nearby is Lydia's Baptistry, reputedly the location of Europe's first baptism performed by the Apostle Paul. The Mud Spa at Krinides has been used for therapeutic treatments since the 19th century and is still open for business.

     

   

Photo of Philippi ruins by Port Authority

Nestos River Delta

Port to Attraction - 35 KM, 40 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The most popular activities at the Nestos River are canoeing and hiking along the shore in the area called the narrows near the town of Toxotes. This section of the river winds back and forth between steep, verdant hills. An old path that was used for donkeys is a fairly easy walk and has great views of the river. Closer to the Aegean is a protected area of wetlands where bird-watching is a favorite activity.

           

   

Photo of Nestos River Narrows by Papatrexas

Kavala Wineries

Port to Estate Biblio Chora - 40 KM, 40 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Macedonian wines have a long history of quality production going back centuries. Though the most famous producers are in the area around Thessalonika, Kavala and Drama (about an hour drive to the northwest) also have some quality wineries including Estate Biblio Chora west of Kavala, and Ktima Pavlidis and Estate Wine Art nearer Drama. Several other wineries have facilities within the Kavala port area.

        

   

Photo of Xinomavro Grapes by Elizavetch

Alistrati Cave

Port to Alistrati Cave - 65 KM, 70 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Alistrati's Cave is a large cavern with organized tours where visitors can experience the wonders of gigantic stalagmites and stalactites in large underground chambers. The entry is 25 feet high and the rest of the tour includes several large chambers, including one as wide as a football field and 5-6 stories high. As in other caverns, temperatures are cool. Only opened in 1999, the cave is one of the most impressive in Europe. Visitors have described the chambers as underground cathedrals.

     

   

Photo of Alistrati Cave by Port Authority

Kavala Beaches

Port to Tosca Beach - 7 KM, 11 minutes
Port to Kalamitsa Beach - 4 KM, 9 minutes
Port to Batis Beach - 6 KM, 9 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Several beaches in the Kavala area have been awarded "Blue Flag" designation for their quality. The designation means that the water is clean and tested regularly, that safety precautions are sufficient, and that transportation and bathrooms are provided. The most popular beaches near Kavala are to the west including Tosca Beach, which charges a small admission fee; Kalamitsa Beach inside the city limits with no admission charge; and Batis Beach that provides (for a fee) pools, water sports, camping, and a playground.

        

   

Photo of Kalamitsa Beach by Senorgr

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

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