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Backing on to the lower slopes of Mount Simvilon, is the second largest city of Macedonia and a principal port for northern Greece. Coming in through the suburbs there seems little to commend a stay, but the Panagia quarter above the port preserves a scattering of eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings, and considerable atmosphere. It is by far the most attractive part of town to explore, wandering amid the twisting wedge of lanes and up towards the citadel.

Mehmet Ali, the Pasha of Egypt and founder of the dynasty which ended with King Farouk, was born in Kavala in 1769 and his birthplace, at the corner of Paulidou and Mechmet Ali, is maintained as a monument. To visit its wood-panelled reception rooms, ground-floor stables and first-floor harem, ring for the caretaker. Another caretaker may escort you through the Citadel (summer daily 10am–7pm) so you can explore the Byzantine ramparts and dungeon; in season it hosts a few festival performances, mainly dance, in its main court.

The Archeological Museum (Tues–Sun 8.30am–3pm) at the west end of the waterfront, just off Erithri Stavri, contains a fine dolphin mosaic, a reconstructed Macedonian funeral chamber and many terracotta figurines decorated in their original paint. Close by, on Odhos Filippou, is the Folk Art Museum (daily 9–11am & 6–9pm) which, as well as traditional costumes and household utensils, has some interesting rooms devoted to the locally born sculptor Polignotos Vigis.

In the main square, Platia Eleftherias, is an EOT office, which can provide schedules for daily ferries from Kavala to Thassos and other east Aegean islands. There are hotels, beaches, museums, restaurants and tavernas as well as an aqueduct and Byzantine citadel. Boats can be hired for fishing, water-skiing and sailing. Popular sandy beaches are at Kalamitsa, Batisand Toska, and secluded ones at Iraklitsa and Peramos. There are also some little-known stalactite and stalagmite caves and many archaeological sites nearby. Mount Pangaion is a good area for hunting and climbing.

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Mykonos Island


Ιt is the cosmopolitan center of the Cyclades Complex. Its reputation has spread during the last years due to its unique landscape, its archaelogical sites, its cosmopolitan environment and its magnificent beaches.

White-washed, cube-shaped houses are scattered all over the island, narrow streets in the town, chapels and picturesque tavernas hide among art galleries and stores selling jewellery, souvenirs etc.

Trends that sweep through the international scene are born in the intense nightlife of this modern resort.

An island of tempting and tempestuous reputation such as Mykonos, with high tourism and a rather superficial lifestyle, inevitably has both fans and critics.

But even the most unsuspecting visitor immediately realizes that Mykonos is not only a crazy “bon-viveur”, but also an attractive, picturesque island with white Chora aside the crystal-clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

Direct international charter flights and regular domestic flights from Athens serve frequently, during summer, the airport of Mykonos.

Because it is so famous, Mykonos gets really overcrowded during high season but for those who enjoy the crowd, great fun and all night long entertainment, Mykonos is the ideal place for holidays.

Have a wonderful time...