Kavala is a large port town in northern Greece with a population of 63,293 inhabitants. It is built on three hills and the active recreation on the beach can be combined with sightseeing.
The surroundings of Kavala have been inhabited since prehistoric times and today there are many ancient remains. The town is built over the old village of Neopolis and the first information about it dates back to 7th century B.C. In the past it was conquered by the Persians, Bulgarians, Romans, Byzantines, Turks and even by the Venetians for a while. The Byzantines called it Hristupolis, and the Bulgarians - Morunets. Its population increased significantly in 1922 when refugees came from Asia Minor.
The eastern hill is the old quarter of town. Small, steep streets lead to an old fortress on the hill which is worth to visit. Besides the castle, in the neighborhood, preserved old houses can be seen with small alleys and flower gardens. Here is the house-museum of Mehmet (Mohammed) Ali Pasha, who built the largest imaret in Europe in honor of his home town Kavala. Today the imaret works as a hotel with the same name as its original look has been preserved. The archeological museum exhibits artifacts from the ancient city of Amphipolis, a colony of Athens.
Another famous landmark and symbol of the town is the Kamares Aqueduct, built around 1550 by Suleiman the Magnificent, consisting of 60 arches of various size the largest is 52 meters tall.
The western part of the town has modern buildings, squares and shopping centers. There are lots of places to stay and hotels of all categories, but some of them work only in the summer. Kavala is rich in restaurants with fish specialties, bakeries and cafes, particularly along the street.
The central beach has free entrance and parking, but the sand is occupied by sunbeds and umbrellas of beach bars if you use them, you will be required to order a drink. Other beaches can be also found around the town, organized and not populated at all. In the water there are sea urchins look carefully and avoid touching stones with your feet, unless you have aqua shoes.
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