The port of ancient Neapolis, as Kavala was named at the time, was founded by the Thassians in the end of the 7th century B.C. Paul the Apostle (Acts 16, the Bible) first set foot in Europe in the city of Kavala. During Byzantine times, but also in the 16th and 17th century, the port of Kavala had the administrative and tax control of the neighbouring mining area, and served as an export node for local products (wheat, cotton, wood, etc). The 18th century was a period of special acme for the city and its port, when among other things also the first consular authorities of France and Venice were established.

This entire journey into history is still reflected in the monuments of the city and its wider region. But is not just that. The city and its region provide a large number of destinations for shore excursions 12 months a year, covering a wide range of themes, among which: History (Ancient Theatre & Basilicas of Filippi, Byzantine Castle Acropolis of Kavala, Imaret, Medieval Aquaduct, Archeological museum, etc.). Religion (in the steps of Apostle Paul, St. Lydia Baptistery, Panagia Ikosifinissas Monastery, etc.). Nature (Nestos river delta – Natura 2000, Alistrati Cave, Keramoti sand peninsula, Paggaio mountain, Symvolo mountain, etc.) Sea (beaches of Kalamitsa, Batis, Tosca, Ammolofi, just a few kilometres from the city, island of Thassos). Special interest (Wineries, Thermal springs, Lydia mud baths, Mohamed Ali’s House, Tobacco Museum, Wax museum). Moreover, as the cruise port is surrounded by the city of Kavala, just a few minutes after the ship’s arrival, the passenger can wander in the shopping area and relax in the restaurants and cafes on the waterfront.

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