KAVALA

Kavala, the second largest city in northern Greece , is the principal seaport of the Eastern Macedonia region and is situated in the Bay of Kavala opposite the island of Thassos. Recent publications present Kavala as the “beauty of the North” or the “Mecca of tobacco” as a reminder of the city’s past.

Kavala , a modern city of 80,000 inhabitants, offers plenty of opportunities for visitors, including the chance to see historical sites from the Neolithic Age (2850-2250 BC), ancient Antisara (700 BC) and the ancient city of Philippi (ca. 360 BC), where the Apostle Paul taught the message of Christ in 52 AD. The baptistery, the place where Paul baptized the first Christians in Europe, is also open to visitors. Metals (including gold) from the near-by Mount Paggeon were used in the construction of Alexander's fleet.

Mount Paggeon was also the home of the Olympian god Dionysus, known as the god of fun and wine due to the famous wines of the region.

Mehmet Ali, founder of the last imperial dynasty of Egypt , was born here; he was responsible for the construction of many buildings which still exist in the city.

The first strike for workers’ right in the Balkan region was organised in Kavala (the Tobacco Workers' union, late 19th century); the 8-hour work schedule was first established here.