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Located in the center of the Eastern Macedonia region, a mere 100 kilometres from Thessaloniki and a breath away from Thrace, the Prefecture of Kavala is a continuous sweet adventure year-round. Stretching between the Nestos River from the east and Strimonas River from the west, the terrain offers a pleasant interchange from sandy beaches to endless valleys and woodlands, where the seasons can be fully appreciated in all their splendour. Also, included in the prefecture is the island of Thassos and the islet of Thassopoula.
Inhabited since the Neolithic times, the capital city has taken a number of names throughout history: Neapolis-Christoupolis, Kavala. It gained great prosperity during the Macedonian rule when Phillip II annexed it and made it the serving harbour for Philippi. Its place as an important port and a hub of Via Egnatia was reinforced by the Romans. It is in Neapolis where St. Paul the Apostle landed from Asia Minor and it is in Phillipi where he established the first Christian church in Europe.
Mt. Pageo is where nature and myth are found in complete harmony. Covered with chestnut trees, beeches and oaks, the mountain has asphalt roads that take all the way to the top, where there is a spacious ski-slope and a mountain refuge for climbers. Perched on hillsides and nestled in ravines, places of worship and contemplation, the monasteries on Mt. Paggaio provide visitors with a serene venue for prayers.
Located in the sea just off the southern coast of Kavala, the island of Thassos is a symphony in green and blue. A cosmopolitan island holding a wealth of history, scenic landscapes of pine trees leaning forward over the sea. It is no wonder that Thassos is called the emerald green island of the North Aegean Sea. Large stretches of sand, charming seaside resorts, quaint mountainous villages, monasteries perched on cliffs, deserted Venetian towers and settlements proving the island’s rich past unfold before the visitor’s eyes. Frequent ferry and “flying dolphin” schedules departing from the town of Kavala, Keramoti and Nea Peramo offer a splendid opportunity for escapades in the natural environment of Thassos.
Year-round, local people are expressed through a variety of events, with each village celebrating its own feast days, fairs and festivals. Easy to reach by car, with an international airport with daily connections with the rest of Greece and Europe, with regular ship and ferry schedules, splendid hotel units and stunning sites, Kavala is an ideal destination.