The Fortress

The Acropolis of Kavala, built around the first quarter of 15th century, stands at the top of Panagia peninsula where the old town is situated. It was built on the remains of the Byzantine Acropolis of Christoupolis (former name of Kavala) which was destroyed in 1391, incorporating parts that survived from it. The various fortification interventions are quite obvious and were carried out by Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans.

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The entire Acropolis is built with local granite stone, mixed with marble and bricks. From the main gate, one can see the division between the internal and external enclosure by a transverse wall. The internal enclosure was the most crucial part of the Acropolis, as it enclosed the vital defense facilities.

Today, visitors can see:

  • The central circular tower that served as the past resort for defense. The tower’s roof offers a unique view of the town of Kavala.
  • The arsenal and food storage that was converted to a prison in the 18th century.
  • The guardhouse that served as the guards and officers quarters.
  • The cistern.

One polygonal and two square towers are located in the external enclosure, along with a modern open air theatre that regularly accommodates music events, theatrical plays and various festivities. After touring the site, the visitors can enjoy their favorite beverage at the cafeteria while enjoying a view of the theatre.

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Useful Info
The Fortress of Kavala is one of the few monuments in Greece operated by a Municipal Enterprise. DIMOFELIA is responsible for management, operation and promotion, and in cooperation with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Kavala - Thasos and the Municipality of Kavala implements related projects and interventions. The Fortress, also known as the Acropolis of Kavala, receives each year tens of thousands of visitors and is a symbol and a landmark for the city of Kavala through the centuries.
Contact Us

Public Benefit Organisation of the City of Kavala
Tourist Information Centre
Α: El. Venizelou & I. Dragoumi str., PC 65302, Kavala
T: 2510 231011
F: 2510 231011
Ε: touristinfo@kavalagreece.gr

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday
May - September: 08:00 - 21:00.
Octomber: 08:00 - 18:00.
November - March: 08:00 - 16:00.
April: 08:00 - 20:00

Fortress
Α: Isidorou 28, PC 65201, Kavala
Τ: 2510 838602
E: tourism-castle@kavalagreece.gr