Excursion to holy places
One-day excursion to the Monasteries and Churches in the area of the city of Kavala, from the company "Kavala Tour"
In 35 km. from the city of Kavala, at an altitude of 753 meters above sea level located the Monastery of the Holy Mary Eikosifoinissa which houses the "the Blessed Virgin's face" Pilgrims from all over the World are flocking to the icon in the monastery. This place is sanctified by the Orthodox tradition from the earliest centuries of Christianity.
Just 10 kilometers from the city of Kavala, in the center of the neighboring city of Nea Karvali, stands the temple of St. Gregory the Theologian, where his relics are kept. This is one of the most important sights of the region and a major pilgrimage place, which attracts a huge number of believers from all over Greece and abroad.
Just 12 km. from the city of Kavala, next to the ancient, archaeological complex of Philippi, there is a unique, monumental temple of the Saint Lydia of Philippisias. This modern architectural masterpiece is located in the place where the Apostle Paul baptized the first Christian woman in Europe, and it was here the first baptismal ceremony was held in Europe.
Just 70 km to the north from Kavala city, close to the small village of Porto Lagos, on two small islands of the beautiful and picturesque lake Vistonida located a unique place a complex from the Monastery of St. Nicholas and the Church of Panagia Pantanassa which are the area home of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos.