Kavala Flights:

Flights to Kavala

image of KavalaThe city of Kavala has a picturesque setting on the coastal hillsides of the Aegean Sea, in northern Greece. Kavala is a major seaport that features some wonderful architecture from different periods in the city’s history, but also attracts tourists to its scenic beaches.

All flights to Kavala International Airport “Alexander the Great” (airport code: KVA) will have 2 connections when you are flying from Johannesburg. South African Airways goes through Cairo and Athens, which is the same route offered by Egyptair. Alternatively, you can get a flight to Kavala through London and Athens with either Virgin Atlantic or British Airways. Lufthansa goes another way, with transfers in Frankfurt and Nuremberg. Most flights to Kavala are around 25 hours long.

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The Tourist Attractions of Kavala:

Kavala will really appeal to tourists looking for some of Greece’s history and culture, but who also want to spend a few days on a beach, soaking up the sun. There are numerous monuments and landmarks to see in the city centre, plus a selection of museums where you can find out more about the city and regional history.

Kavala’s Beaches

Kavala may not be renowned as a beach holiday destination, but if you’re here for the history and culture anyway you can spend a few days relaxing on some of the city’s beaches. There are a couple right in the city that are great for visitors who don’t have their own transport, and even though these are within the city boundaries the beaches still have the European Blue Flag rating for cleanliness.

A little further out from Kavala centre there are several more beaches too, plus facilities such as hotels, restaurants and water sports.

Castle of Kavala

Perched on a hill overlooking the city is one of the main landmarks and attractions of Kavala, the Castle. You can walk up to the castle from the harbour, taking about 15 to 20 minutes, or take the tourist train which leaves from the National Bank in the centre of the city. The train is free of charge and usually runs on the hour.

Today’s castle was built on the foundations of an earlier Byzantine fortress, and was constructed around 1425. You can enjoy some fabulous views from the Castle of Kavala, and during the summer there are often events and concerts taking place here.

Kavala Aqueduct

Known locally as Kamares (meaning ‘arches’), Kavala Aqueduct is another major historical landmark for the city. The nickname comes from the fact that this Byzantine built aqueduct consists of 60 different arches and it makes its way right through the heart of the old town. The aqueduct was restored during the Ottoman, Suleiman the Magnificent reign, in the early 1500s.

The Imaret

The large Imaret also dates from Ottoman times, but much later. Mainly built between 1817 and 1821 the Imaret features very typical Islamic architecture. The building has seen several different uses but since 2001, when it was restored and converted, it has been in use as a luxury hotel.

When Should You Visit?:

Kavala is a great place to visit in the summer months as there is little in the way of rainfall with hot temperatures to enjoy. The average high in July and August is just under 30C. Spring and autumn are nice and warm, but temperatures drop off in November and rise again in May.

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