Kavala has always been an important port on the Balkan Peninsula.
Neapolis - Christoupolis - Kavala are its historical names.
It has been inhabited since the Neolithic age.
In the 7th century BC it was a Thassian colony called Neapolis and later it joined the Athenian Alliance.
It gains great prosperity during the Macedonian rule, after Philip II has annexed it, its harbor serving Filippi.The Romans upgraded the major commercial port by having Via Egnatia run through it but at the same time it was made the target of Goth and Hun raids.
Apostle Paul comes to Neapoli to preach the Christian faith in Europe.
Byzantine times, when the town was given the name "Christoupolis" as a prosperous period; however, Normand ravages and Turkish occupation put an abrupt end to it.The important monuments of the old aqueduct, nowadays known as Kamares, dates from that period.
From one arched gate to the other, centuries put on a new face.
History of Kavala