Kavala, the blue state of Macedonia from above in an impressive video by the Up Drones team that travels you to one of the most beautiful cities in Greece!
Kavala from above, the blue state of Macedonia with its many stories and three names. Kavala from 7 BC. until 8 AD It was called Neapolis, from 8 AD. until 1400 Christoupolis and from 1500 until today Kavala.
A hidden treasure that invites you to discover it. A crossroads of the great seas and land routes through which for thousands of years people, ideas and cultures have moved from the Black Sea and Asia to Western Europe and from the Mediterranean and North Africa to the Balkans and Northern Europe.
Aqueduct of Kavala
At a short distance from the city center about 17 km is the historic city of Philippi with the well-preserved Ancient Theater, a city that occupies, fortifies and gives its name, the father of Alexander the Great, Philip II.
Here later in 42 BC. takes place the famous battle of Philippi between two large Roman armies in the senators who assassinated Julius Caesar and his successors.
Here in 49 AD. The Apostle Paul founded the first Christian church on European soil, baptizing the first European Christian, Lydia, on the river Zygaktis. Today Lydia is called the small village next to Philippi, where the homonymous baptistery is located.
At the archeological site of Philippi, the excavations brought to light important finds such as part of the Egnatia Highway (a very important Roman highway that connected the Adriatic with the Black Sea), ruins of the Roman market, the prison of the Apostle Paul, the early Christian church theater that in the depths of the centuries remains alive and hosts every summer the festival of Philippi… A rare rendezvous in history, where three worlds meet: The Ancient Greek, the Roman and the Byzantine – Christian.
Finally, at a distance of 2 km from the Archaeological site is the prehistoric settlement of Dikili Tas with rich findings of organized human life from the beginning of the Neolithic period 5500 BC. until the Bronze Age 100 BC. and the Byzantine years.
Very close to the area are the Mud Baths of Krinides, a sustainable nature workshop that has been preparing them with wonderful accuracy for thousands of years now, taking care of human health by using healing clay and thermal water. It is one of the most important clay therapy baths in Greece with a large number of visitors from people who face health problems but also for aesthetic reasons since clay also works as a cosmetic.
Returning to the center, the journey through time continues in the old city, under the Fortress that proudly overlooks the top of a hill, going up the narrow alleys one reaches Imaret, a classic example of Islamic architecture that has been preserved almost intact. It was built between 1817 – 1821 by the founder of the last Egyptian Dynasty, Mehmet Ali. Today it operates as a luxury hotel. Very close is the homonymous square of the old city with the konaki of Mehmet Ali, one of the largest and best mansions of the Virgin Mary (the name of the wider area below the Fortress).
The Fortress, built for the most part during the 15th century on the ruins of the Byzantine Acropolis, today is a place of rest and walk for visitors and residents, with an open-air theater for cultural events.
Finally, the most famous and emblematic historical monument is an integral part of the old city, Kamares. It is a part of an extensive water supply system built by Suleiman the Magnificent, around 1530. It functioned as an aqueduct, bringing water from a spring to the arid rock of the Panagia Peninsula.
The old town of Kavala, which stretches around the Fortress, offers the visitor a magnificent view, especially at the end of the peninsula, where the sanctuary of Panagia and the lighthouse… a bright guide for ships from the late 1880s, but also an attraction for many visitors.
The site is currently used as Bel Vedere. You can see the city of Kavala that stretches at your feet, the sea, in the background the enchanting island of Thassos and to the west Mount Athos.
Of course downhill the visitor can cool off in the outdoor cafes or taste the local delicacies with ouzo in the picturesque taverns of the area.
Fortress of Kavala
Entertainment, entertainment but also a commercial market with many and interesting proposals to the most demanding consumer, the city offers in its center, in its pedestrian streets, but also in the very beautiful coastal front that ends in the city port, “Ap. Paul”.
A rapidly growing port that started in 2010 in cruise tourism, marks an impressive increase in cruise ships arriving at the port each year.
The new infrastructure, the extension of the jetty, the large sinking but also the beauties of the area that can be enjoyed in a short time by the cruise passenger.
From the Baptistery of Lydia, the steps of St. Paul, the Archaeological site and theater of Philippi, to a walk to the nearby beaches and the historic center and the market of the city, make the port an attractive cruise destination.
Finally, in the port area, floating platforms were recently created for private boats, sailboats and non-sailboats, with increased capacity and seats, attracting many visitors, especially during the summer months.
It is worth mentioning the unique Air Sea Show which has been held in the city in recent years with great success.
Taking a walk in the city of Kavala, the visitor can visit the Archaeological Museum, the Municipal Folklore Museum and the only thematic Museum of Tobacco in all of Europe with a wealth of exhibits and archival material that invites the visitor to take a trip back in time when Kavala at the beginning of the 20th century was the largest commercial processing and export center of tobacco in the world in Greece.
The beauties of the wider area are endless: From mountain trails a short time from the city center, to the delta of the river Nestos and Mount Paggaio, one can find beautiful routes for walking or long hiking and extreme sports, while admiring the beauty of nature with constant changes of landscapes and colors, beautiful villages with fountains and plane trees, cafes and taverns and endless stories about the rich history of the place by the locals.