Kavala, Greece, is located 215 mi/345 km north of Athens in the country's far north. It has a Byzantine hilltop castle overlooking the city, a lively, breathtaking harbor and a huge Turkish aqueduct that was modeled along Roman lines.

Kavala is where you catch the ferry to Thassos, Greece's northernmost island (it has beaches, scenic terrain and nice towns). History buffs may want to visit the 2,300-year-old town of Philippi, 19 mi/30 km north of Kavala, notable for two events in ancient history: Where Marc Antony defeated Brutus in 42 BC, and where St. Paul founded the first Christian community in Europe.

For most, Kavala is seen as a day trip from Thessaloniki.

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