Central and Northern Greece : East Macedonia : Kavala
Kavala (Greek Καβάλα) (Population: 59240 (2004 estimate)), situated in East Macedonia.
Kavala is situated in northern Greece, and is the birthplace of modern Egypt's founder Muhammad Ali. His house still stands and is visitable. Ancient city of Phillipoi, 10 mins from kavala, was founded by Alexander the Great's father, Phillip. Phillipoi is situated next to Pangaio mountain where Ancient Macedonia's gold mines were. The Roman road "Egnatia" which connected Constantinople (modern Istanbul) and Rome, still exists in parts near both Phillipoi and Kavala.
Kavala is a major port. it is possible to reach it by ferry from Thessaloniki, Samothrace, Lemnos, and several other north Aegean islands. With a bit of careful planning, or aimless wandering, it is possible to reach Kavala from almost any Greek island with a ferry via other islands.
There is "Alexander the Great" airport about 20 km from Kavala. Planes, mostly touristic charters, fly all over Europe.
Air Berlin will operate every Monday and every Friday from 2 May 2008 to 31 October 2008 (Flights to/from Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg, Vienna). Aegean (Flights to/from Athens daily)
By regional coach
Interurban coaches ("KTEL" buses) are by far the most convenient way to travel around Greece, as well as for intra-regional travelling. There is frequent bus service from Athens Kifisos Station to Kavala, as well as from Thessaloniki bus terminal "Macedonia" to Kavala.
The first bus from Kavala to Thessaloniki departes at 6 am and the last one leaves at 8:40pm. There is one each our (6 am,7am, 8am, 9am..... and so on) The busses at 9am, 1pm and 5pm are scheduled as "Express" so these busses won´t stop on their way to Thessaloniki. The fare for a ticket to Thessaloniki is 13,50€ and it will take about 2 and 2 and a half hour until the bus arrives at Thessaloniki.
From Thessaloniki to Kavala you have also every hour one bus from 8am until 10 pm (exept 7am and 9pm)
To Athens there is a bus twice a day: 8:45am and 8:30pm. From Athens to Kavala it´s the same: Two busses each day at 8:45am and 8:30pm
The timetable for busses to Ioannina is 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm
A train station does not exist
There is an efficient public transport system with lines going around the city (ticket price about 1), detailed info in the regional bus terminal (called "Astiko KTEL").
Taxi in Kavala, as everywhere in Greece are comparably cheap. You should not pay more than € 3 if you hail a cab (silver colour) on the road to take you anywhere in the city. Note that taxi meters have two rates - rate 1 applies from 5am till midnight, and rate 2, the double rate, from midnight to 5am. Taxi fare fraud is not widespread but it still happens, so make sure the rate is correct. If you feel you have been overcharged, ask for a receipt (they are obliged to give one) and take the plate number, then phone the tourist police to report the driver on 171. Expect to pay € 1 or € 2 extra if you take a taxi from the bus station, the train station or the port, and a surcharge if you call for a taxi service on demand.
The castle is at a hill above the town. To get there it will take a 15-20 minutes walk from the harbour. The entrance fee is only 2€ and you will have a wonderful sea view from there and also a great view over the city. The huge aqueduct is directly at the centre.
Winter bars, pubs and clubs, usually close down during summer. Most of them have a different facility for the summer, usually by the sea.
All year round
The choices for eating are Taverns (Ταβέρνα) where mostly meat dishes are served, Restaurants (Εστιατόριο) where Greek dishes can be found (there are Italian and Chinese restaurants also), Psistaries (Ψησταριά) (Grill houses) where the main dish is grilled meat, Fast Food choices are local Souvlatzidika (Οβελιστήριο or Σουβλατζίδικο) where souvlaki is served, and typical fast food chains such as Goody's and Everest.
People in Greece usually eat late in the evening (21:00 - 24:00), so during the day most Taverns, Psistaries and Restaurants are closed. However, Tsipouradika and Fast Food restaurants are open all day long.
Restaurants (Εστιατόριο) and Taverns (Ταβέρνα)
Psistaries (Ψησταριά) (Grill houses)
Psistaries serve mostly meat, salads and french fries. The meat usually is ordered by weight, and the price is per kilo also. One portion is 330gr of grilled meat.
There are many hotels in Kavala. Most are in center near the sea. Car parking could be hard to find in the center of Kavala.