Kavala Town and Tobacco Museum

Tour Description

Duration: Approximately 3 ½ hours

Participants: limited

  • Admire the main highlights of Kavala

  • Understand the importance and the impact tobacco production had on Kavala

  • Learn from the perspective of an ex – employee of a tobacco factory

Find out about the tobacco industry which led Kavala to thrive in the 19th century, as you explore a fascinating museum dedicated to the trade.

Your tour starts with a short scenic drive to the centre of Kavala, passing by the ancient walls of Neapolis (which was the previous name of Kavala). Next you will pass the neighbourhood of Panagia, the oldest in the town. Then your journey will continue to the best-known monument of Kavala – the aqueduct.

Pass neoclassical mansions and big tobacco warehouses that evoke the memory of a distant past, when the prosperity of the bourgeoisie was dominating the city. In the “Mecca of tobacco” as Kavala was known in the past, thousands of tobacco workers, male and female, earned their living here.

Arriving at the Tobacco Museum you will become acquainted with the history of tobacco cultivation and production in eastern Macedonia. You will learn more later, about working there and life when it was big business in the area.

Your tour continues on foot, passing the Town Hall of Kavala – a building of unique architecture, surrounded by impressive buildings from the 19th century. Through the garden of the Town Hall, you reach the pink tobacco warehouse – an industrial building from the period of the thriving farming of tobacco. Walk through the bustling centre of the city towards the famous aqueduct of Kavala, built during Roman times and re-built during the Ottoman occupation. You will also see the Church of St Nikolaos, built in the same place where St Paul stepped ashore for the first time in Europe, in 49 AD, on his way to preach Christianity.

You will carry on to tavern where you can sample a local alcoholic drink with typical meze (Greek taster). Here, an ex-employee of a tobacco factory will join the group to explain what working in the tobacco factory was like, and the importance it had in Kavala. You will gain a true insight of what it was like, but be sure to ask any questions to get the a truly authentic understanding of what the factory was like.

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking – approximately one and half kilometres throughout the tour. Participants will need to negotiate approximately 15 steps at the tobacco museum. Please note that a large part of this tour is on foot, so please wear suitable walking shoes. The meze will be a small plate of typical Greek food. A bottle of water would be a handy addition to your bag.

Symbols: Moderate walking, steps, refreshments