A WALK THROUGH THE STREETS OF THE OLD TOWN: During the day following the students’ and faculty’s arrival, on a Monday, one of our staff will offer to take the participants on a walking tour of the old section of Kavala, beginning with the Ottoman aqueduct followed by a mildly uphill climb to the oldest section of the town which wraps around the remnants of what the locals call “The Castle.” The leisurely walk should not take more than two hours and it will be the first introduction of the students and faculty to the most attractive part of the town.
A VISIT TO THE ANCIENT SITE OF PHILIPPI: A must-do when visiting Kavala is a tour of Philippi, one of the most important sites of Christianity. The town was established in 356 BC by the Macedonian king Philip II. Perhaps the most important event in the history of the town was that it was visited a few times by apostle Paul, the first time in 49 or 50 AD; about a dozen years later he wrote the famous Epistle to the Philippians. Philippi was the very first location the apostle preached on European soil. The town thrived since its establishment but a major earthquake in 619 AD had a devastating effect from which it never fully recovered. Today’s site, which includes the ruins of the ancient town and its theater (still used for cultural events in the context of a summer festival, see above), has recently being designated one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Near Philippi is Lydia, the spot where the first Christian woman was baptized on European soil. A beautiful little church has been built on the spot. A visit to Philippi, 20 minutes from Kavala, can be undertaken solo by riding a local bus or through an organized tour. If the former, one of our staff would be happy to organize the logistics and accompany the interested parties. If the latter, we highly recommend considering activities run by two very energetic local young ladies by visiting: http://tours.philippipark.com/
RIDING SAILING BOATS IN THE AEGEAN: Participants may wish to experience sailing on the Aegean on board sailing boats. The trip will begin by encircling the peninsula where the old town and the castle are located providing a spectacular image of Kavala from a distance. Then the boats will turn towards the west and follow the coastline passing by beaches where the locals gather during the summer months. The trip may take place either during the afternoon or evening. The hiring of the boat will require the “right” number of people, not too many as to exceed the boat’s capacity, not too little as to make the cost per person too high.