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Kavala Car Hire – Did you know?

Kavalas was one of the first cities in which the Greek Revolution began in 1821; but the Turks, confined to the citadel, held out until 1828. The city was liberated on 7 October 1828 by the French expeditionary force in the Peloponnese, under the command of General Maison. Kavalas developed quickly into the second largest urban centre in late 19th century Greece.[10] The city benefited from its role as the main export port for the agricultural produce of the Peloponnese. In the early 20th century, Kavalas developed fast and became the first Greek city to introduce public streetlights and electrified tramways. The war effort necessitated by the first World War hampered the city’s development and also created uncontrollable urban sprawl with the influx of refugees from Asia Minor. During the Second World War, the city was a major target of Italian air raids; during the period of Axis occupation, a German military command was established and German and Italian troops stationed in the city. After the liberation in October 1944, the city grew fast to recover, but in later years was increasingly overshadowed by the urban pole of Athens. The cultural activity of Kavalas includes the Kavalas International Festival (with various artistic activities, mainly in the fields of theatre and music), the Kavalas Carnival and the Poetry Symposium.

Car Rental Kavala – What to see

Kavala is a historic town with a tradition in cultural issues. If you visit in the summer you will experience the exhilaration of various events and festivals, while enjoying swimming in crystal clear beaches. In the winter you will enjoy unique routes to the Paggaion Mountain. In summer you will have the opportunity to attend numerous festival events including concerts, ancient drama performances of and modern attractions during the Festival of Philippi. It takes place at seven important historical landmarks (monuments) of the region . The Cosmo polis Festival which is held every July by the municipality of Kavala with music and theatrical events is worth attending.
Kamares (The old Aqueduct): The Old Aqueduct, the Medieval Aqueduct, is work of the Byzantine period, which held extensive repairs during the Ottoman rule, particularly during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent and Legislator (1530 AD approx.) This double arch structure was designed to bridge the peninsula of Panagia with the foot of the mountain of Lekani. It was used to carry water from mountain sources (six kilometers north from the ‘Mother of Water «or» Soumpasi «or» The Three Elms») in today’s» Old Town «- Panagia, with the main water source situated at an altitude of 400 m and other complementary lower sources of supply. This grand monument has a length of 280 m consists of 60 arches of four different sizes and has a maximum height of 25 meters. The restoration works began in September 1997 with a mild technical assistance.Source: «Medieval Aqueduct of Kavala – Arcs», Publication of 12th Service of Byzantine and Ancient Antiquities, Kavala, 2008
The Castle of Kavala:dominates the top of the peninsula, where the old city is built. During the Byzantine period and later, repeated reconstruction works and fortification repairs were made by the Byzantines, Venetians and Turks. Substantially, all the phases of the Modern History affect the castle and left their traces on its walls. The castle (Citadel) in its current form was built in the first quarter of the 15th century, relying on foundation from the Byzantine period. At the outdoor theatre are organized cultural events
The Imaret:The Imaret, a big edifice of the late Ottoman period, a classic example of Islamic architecture located on the west side of the peninsula of Panagia (old town). It is one of the last built in this particular period and the only one survived almost intact. Its largest part was built, between 1817-1821 by the founder of the last Egyptian dynasty, Mehmet Ali. For sentimental reasons, the Wali of Egypt wanted to benefit his hometown with this religious, educational and charitable institution. It operated as a Muslim seminary – internship and «workhouse» for all the poor of the city regardless of religion.Since 1922, the Imaret spaces were used to house refugees. In 1931, in order for the adjacent street to be widened, a part of Imaret was demolished. In 1967 the residents (refugees mostly) of Imaret were ordered to leave and the monument was sealed.Until the regulation of the ownership, Imaret remained completely deserted. After the settlement of property issues a part of it operated as bar and restaurant while other parts were used as warehouses. In 2001 it was leased for 50 years to an entrepreneur from Kavala, it was restored and converted into a luxurious and elegant hotel, which maintains something of the ambience of its era.Source: «Neapolis – Christoupolis – Kavala, Travelogue through space and time of the Old City», Publication of Kavala’s Municipalityς, Kavala, 2009
The house of Mehmet Ali:In the Old Town Square you can find the house that Mehmet Ali, founder of the last Egyptian dynasty, was born. This beautiful building, based on Macedonian architecture, is considered to be the property of Egypt . The «konaki» of Mehmet Ali consists of two parts, the ground floor and first floor. A bronze equestrian statue was built in the centre of the square in 1934 in honour of the Sultan of Egypt, a work of Greek sculptor Dimitriadis. Nowadays, the building is used for the purposes of Mohammed Ali Institute
The town hall :The building, a Hungarian miniature tower, was built around 1895 by the Hungarian tobacco trader Pierre Herzog. After his death, the building passed into the possession of the «Limited Liability Company of Tobacco and Overseas». In 1937, under the administration of Mayor Athanasios Balanos, it was purchased by the Municipality of Kavala and has since housed the town hall.
Adolf Wix Building:The building was built in 1899 by the German Baron Adolf Wix to serve as the centre of commercial activity and as a house. Architecturally speaking, it is very similar to the adjacent building of the current town hall. Today, after several changes in ownership, it belongs to the municipality of Kavala.
The Lazarists (Vincentians) Convent:The convent of Lazarists is situated in Kipros Str. and was built between 1888-1892. The building has architectural elements mixed with neoclassical influence and was used as a French Embassy. Today it houses the only Catholic church in the city.
The great Greek community club:The building of «Megali Leschi» of the Great Greek Community Club of Kavala was built in 1909 by the Ladies Philoptochos (Friends of the poor) Sisterhood. It is a typical example of eclectic architectural style with a lot of embedded neoclassical motifs, e.g. Columns, Pediments etc. Located next to the town hall, it is used for secular organization and other social events. While in neoclassical form it has elements of ancient tradition. Today, its partially used by the Municipality for cultural events due to the restoration works that have already started.
Tokos Mansion:Tokou Mansion was built in 1879 by Dimitrios Tokos a tobacco trader and its architectural style is influenced by romantic eclecticism. During the first years of the 20th century the Mansion was used as Italian Subconsulate and in 1911 it was purchased on behalf of the Ladies Philoptochos Society of Kavala (Friends of the Poor). From 1913 to1937, it housed the town hall and from its terrace in 1929 Eleftherios Venizelos made his speech. After the Second World War it housed the Private School Papassideri. Today it houses the Revenue Department of Byzantine Antiquities.
Municipal conservatory :The building of the Municipal Conservatory (along with the adjacent building once owned by Kleon Krantonellis) is the oldest among the houses having been built before 1864.It belonged to the N. and E. Grigoriadis Brothers, two of the first tobacco traders. After the World War One it served as a Bank and since 1987 (it was inaugurated in its present form in 1990) it has belonged to the Municipality of Kavala and houses the Municipal Conservatory. Its strong neoclassical character, its impressive frontons, the columns and the sculptures indicate the architect’s attempt to emphasize on the power, wealth and the national pride sourcing from the ancient tradition.
Municipal Tobacco Warehouse:The Municipal Tobacco Warehouse was built during the two first decades of the 20th century as a tobacco warehouse for the Turkish tobacco trader Kizi Mimin. The building is characterized by architectural and morphological elements of Ottoman-Turkish and Neo-Classical architecture.Today it belongs to the Municipality of Kavala and will host exhibits of the Folk Museum of Kavala, the Tobacco Museum and series of temporary exhibitions.

Car Hire Kavala – Beaches

The organized beaches Rapsani Beach (200 meters from the city), Perigiali beach – 1.5 kilometres east of the city, Kalamitsa (2km from the city, water sports available), Batis (3km – water sports available), Tosca (4km) and Palos are close to the centre and are accessible by the town buses. In Almyra and Ammolofi the turquoise warm waters of the Aegean sea will really amaze you.

Car Rental Kavala – Nightlife

Kavala is not only natural beauty, architectural monuments and archaeological sightseeing but also modern life, cultural activites and exciting nightlife. On the large waterfront pedestrian street of Ethnikis Antistasis st, stop at one of the many cafes which invite you for a break from walking. Numerous places to drink coffee can be found in Alexandrou and Filellinon streets.

Car Rental Kavala – Food and restaurants

Kavala caters for all tastes. You will find restaurants reminding the east, traditional taverns and small snack bars with local delicacies. A delicious seafood dish on a small marble table with the view of the Byzantine fortress and the picturesque port in your feet is a bare reality here. One can make a volta (walk) on the large waterfront pedestrian street, stop at one of the many cafes which invite you for a break from walking and relax enjoying the wonderful view. Numerous places to drink coffee are be found in Alexandrou and Filellinon streets, too.
Fish and sea food, as well as the products of the local livestock breeding and agricultural sectors are the prevailing elements of Kavala courses. In Kavala, the traditional local recipes have been influenced by the cuisine of the refugees from Pontos, Asia Minor and Kappadokia. Fresh fish and sea food, salted food, mackerel «gouna» (sun dried mackerel on the grill), sardine pantremeni, mussels with rice, herring saganaki, anchovies wrapped in grape leaves, Stuffed eggplant: these are some very renowned recipes in Kavala and the coastal settlements of the region. The grapes, wine and tsipouro produced in the area, as well as the kourabiedes (sugar-coated almond biscuits) from Nea Karvali are particularly famous.

Car Rental Kavala – Shopping

On leaving Kavala you should remember to take away some of the typical products of the place like “kourambiedes” and special pastry cakes and sweets. The wines of the region will amaze together with excellent “raki” produced there.Look for local pasta, mainly “trahana” and noodles. Trust the people in the villages who sell dried fine herbs, teas and spices. In the town centre in Omonia and Megalou Alexandrou streets you will find a shopping paradise. The opening hours for shops are 09:00-21:00, except for some shops which are closed in the early afternoon hours (14:00-17:00). On Sundays shops selling traditional products and confectioneries are open.

Car Rental Kavala – Getting There

By air: from Athens or from over a dozen Western European cities by regular flights or charters.
By ferry: from Piraeus, Chios, Patmos, Kos, Rhodes, Lesvos and some other Aegean islands.
By bus
: from Athens, Thessaloniki and a few other cities.

Car Rental Airport Kavala – «Alexander the Great»

Kavala International Airport «Alexander the Great» (27 km from Kavala) is connected with Athens by regularly scheduled flights and with many European cities by scheduled and charter flights. The airport was originally located closer to Kavala, in the installations of the Greek Air Force, near the village of Amygdaleonas, where it began its operations in 1952 as Kavala National Airport. On October 12, 1981, it was moved near the town of Chrysoupoli, where it operates today.
The relocation greatly improved the service to the nearby island of Thasos and the city of Xanthi, in addition to the continued service to the cities of Kavala and Drama. The airport was initially used only for domestic flights, as the original name implies. In December 1987, by a joint decision of the Minister of Presidency and the Minister for Transport and Communications it was renamed to Kavala International Airport to be again renamed in January 1992 to Kavala International Airport «Megas Alexandros», by a decision of the Minister for Transport and Communications. At the beginning of its operation at its new location, the building infrastructure of the airport included only a terminal building. The control Tower, the fire station and the other installations were built later. A small extension to the terminal building was added in 1992. The runway had been built, with the same dimensions that it has today. In 1998 extensive works began for new building infrastructure and today the airport of Kavala is functioning as a single upgraded total (old and new installations together), including all modern facilities for service both to airlines and passengers, contributing to the growth of East Macedonia and Thrace.

Car Rental Kavala – In short

Kavala is definitely the most popular place to go for vacationers, who are drawn by the certain sunlight and climate, exceptional beaches, executive history and lifestyle. Regardless if you are going to pay a visit to Kavala for sightseeing and discovering its history or making your way to the amazing beaches of Kavala, hiring a car in Kavala is among the most definite way to travel. Temperature ranges can rise to high levels during the warm months, frequently reaching 40 degrees and above so all of our hire cars in Kavala include effective air conditioning systems to keep you cool.
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Kavala Mini Guide

Kavala – the capital of Kavalla prefecture is in North-Eastern Greece, in the county of Macedonia. Situated on the Gulf of Kavala and backing onto the easterly foothills of Mount Symvolo, Kavala is the largest port in Eastern Macedonia. It has a nice view to the island of Thassos from where the first inhabitants came. Through the centuries the name of the city has been changed many times but it’s main focus have been always navigation and trade. The legend is telling that it’s present name stems from the Latin Cabalero as the gulf resembles the silhouette of a horseman. But as in the Greek language there is no letter B, Kabala turned into Kavala. Rather more logical seems to be another version – that the present name of the city originates from it’s importance centuries ago on the ancient Roman road Via Egnatia as a post station for exchanging horses (kavallo – Ital.). The oldest name of the city Neapolis (new city) was given by the Thassians that first inhabited it. Later it has been named Christopolis (after Jesus Christ) and during its occupation by the Bulgarians (Second Bulgarian Kingdom) they used to call it Morunets. Built amphitheatrically and backing the steep slopes above the gulf, Kavala is an incredibly beautiful city combining natural beauty with superb views of the coast and sea and remarkable archaeological findings revealing it’s past.
At first glance one could think that the city has at least 200 000 inhabitants but in reality they are hardly one third of that. The spacious squares, contemporary buildings, and shopping centres on the west side of Kavala city form a pleasant contrast to the narrow paved streets, traditional old houses, tiny gardens and flagged alleyways of its eastern side. Several imposing and elegant neo-classical buildings remain in active use. The town hall is particularly splendid, especially by night. The harbour is rather picturesque with its countless brightly coloured fishing caiques moored along the waterfront and is surrounded by dozens of small taverns and shops. The steep and winding uphill cobble stone streets are leading to the most impressive views of Kavala – the old fortress walls, the large and beautiful building of Panagia (Virgin Mary) church, the imposing Byzantine fortress as well as the Aqueduct built in Roman times, later destroyed and restored by Ibrahim Pasha – the Great Vezir of Suleiman II in the beginning of the XVI century. Mehmed Ali Pasha, one of the most progressive rulers of his time – the Sultan of Egypt was born in Kavala. Ethnical Albanian he is considered the father of modern Egypt. Among the impressive sightseeing’s is the Archaeological museum which contains remarkable finds from the ancient towns of Neapolis, Philippi, Amphipolis (a colony of Athens) and Abdera. Contemporary Kavala is a major port and an important trade center. Surrounded by a rich tobacco-growing hinterland, Kavala is a leading Greek city for processing and exporting tobacco. Nothing to wonder, there is a Museum of tobacco! There are also plenty of old tobacco warehouses, now finding new life as night-clubs and shops, still perhaps offering a whiff of fine tobaccos. Kavala is also a significant cultural center. The International Festival “Cosmopolis” (one of the largest folklor festivals in Greece) takes place here every summer. Traditional festivals of grape, potato and freedom are organized, too. In the ancient amphitheather of Philippi every summer takes place a Festival with a wide variety of live performances – plays, concerts and folklore dances.

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