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About Kavala

Lots of visitors pass through Kavala on their way to the other islands in the Northern Aegean. And, on seeing Kavala's palm trees, charming old town and beautiful Byzantine fortress, many probably wish they were going to spend more of their holiday in one of the best places to stay in Kavala.

Kavala is a city, a local capital even, but still a beautiful spot, rising like an amphitheatre around a sparkling harbour. And though it might not appear on your 'bucket list', Kavala is a great base for exploring the little-visited eastern side of the Greek mainland, nearby Thassos island and rest of the Northeastern Aegean islands. And while it's a slightly naff thing to say, if you're looking for the real Greece - sometimes in Ottoman clothing - then you'll find it in Kavala.

The old town, with its narrow, cobbled alleys and tiny squares lined with atmospheric cafes is on the eastern side of Kavala. While the western side has squares which sprawl, surrounded by modern architecture and shopping arcades.

The harbour and the waterfront are the other part of town. This area has more cafes, more palm trees and rows of little fishing boats.

As well as the Byzantine castle, it's worth visiting the Kamares, the name of the 16th Century aqueduct, the Turkish Imaret - a building with no less than 18 domes overlooking the harbour, and the archaeological museum.

It's hard not to find yourself fascinated with the history of Kavala, and when this mood hits you'll know it's a good time to take a stroll along the old city walls, now overtaken by Kavala's rapid 20th Century growth.

  • Imaret is a local institution, a magnificent five star hotel originally built in 1817 by the Imaret of Mohamed Ali Pasha. The entire hotel is like a museum to the opulence of the Ottoman age, with every room and suite lavishly decorated like a fantasy from the 1001 Arabian Nights. It is easily one of the best places to stay in Kavala if you like your luxury with added character.

Still undecided? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Kavala, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice. Alternatively check out our full list of recommendations in Thessaloniki, Macedonia and Thrace.

Best Hotels in Kavala

  • Imaret 26 rooms from $297

    Kavala, Thessaloniki, Macedonia and Thrace

    Beautifully restored Ottoman mansion hotel, an Arabian Nights fantasy with a water garden, lovely rooms full of character, and gourmet dining with views of the bay.

    Spa  -  A wide range of hamam, massages, baths and facials are on offer.
    Full of character
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
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