Kavala’s strategic and economic importance over the centuries is attributed to several factors. One was its strategic position along the Via Egnatia road, which traversed the city connecting East and West, another was Kavala’s port and to the natural fortification of the peninsula, on which the old city was built. Kavala has lots to offer as an interesting travel destination, and Kavala’s Panayia district is home to highlights like the Castle, the Acropolis, the Imaret and the old Lighthouse, beneath which the rocks of Panayia are situated. The landmark attraction of the Old City is the Mohamed Ali square, dominated by its statue, situated between the “Konaki” (a house built at the end of the 18th century) and the church of Panayia, built in 1965 on the ruins of an older post-Byzantine three-aisled basilica. Another interesting site is the Hussein Bey Mosque, known also as Music Mosque.
Kavala’s exceptional beauty is one of its main attractions, showcased by neoclassical mansions and big tobacco warehouses, an indication of the wealthy bourgeoisie that once dominated the city. Kavala was once dubbed “Mecca of tobacco”, and even has its own Tobacco Museum. At the cobblestoned port lined with palm trees, is home to the city’s vivid nightlife, and the large promenade is ideal for romantic walks at the sunset!