Kas Travel Guide
Kas © Natalie Sayin
Delightfully situated among towering vertical cliffs,
Kas is the region's second major holiday resort. Although lacking
in idyllic stretches of beach, the dramatic rocky coastline creates
easy access to clear and unpolluted Mediterranean waters. Kas also
boasts an abundance of outdoor activities and a lively nightlife,
ensuring its reputation as a satisfying holiday destination.
It is the centre for glass-bottomed boat trips to the
sunken cities around Kekova Island, where remains of mysterious
civilisations can be viewed just below the surface of the water.
Visits can also be arranged to the surrounding archaeological sites
at Demre, Myra, and the Xanthos Valley. The town is built around
the remains of ancient Antiphellos, and there are ruins of a
Hellenistic theatre, the monumental Lion Tomb, and some hillside
rock tombs in and around the town.
Despite attracting thousands of holidaymakers every
year and the tourist development of what was once a simple fishing
village, Kas still preserves its small-town charm with narrow
cobbled streets and novel boutique shops.
Shopping Contrary to popular belief, haggling is not common practise in
Kas but visitors will be pleased to know that shop owners cannot
hassle tourists or they face losing their license. With plenty of
good shopping available, travellers will have to sift through the
dozens of carpet shops, souvenir stalls, and counterfeit sportswear
to find the true gems. The best places to shop in Kas are the
little boutiques which sell tools, hand-carved artefacts, local
silver and gold jewellery, and plenty of Turkish kilims
Restaurants Kas is home to a growing number of cafes, restaurants, and
patisseries. Visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to
dining out. Boasting all kinds of cuisine from around the
Mediterranean, including fresh local seafood to meze
(similar to Spanish tapas). Eating out in Kas is a culinary
experience to remember and one that will linger on your taste buds
for hours afterwards.
Nightlife When the sun sets on the fishing town of Kas, the streets come
to life with bars and cafes emitting warm glows of light, laughter,
and local music. The romantic feel to the town makes it a popular
choice for couples, meaning there are not as many trendy dance
clubs as other Turkish resorts and young singles should head
elsewhere if looking for a lively night out.
Activities With all the picturesque hillsides and breathtaking views over
the Turquoise Sea, it's no wonder paragliding is such a popular
activity in Kas. Other activities include scuba diving, sea
kayaking, banana boat rides, snorkelling, swimming, and
parasailing. Jeep safaris are also a popular activity for more
adventurous travellers. A walk up to the castle provides a
fantastic view of the Aegean, while there are a number of
interesting villages and ruins in the surrounding area.
Negatives The two main beaches in Kas, Buyuk Cakil (Big Pebble
Beach) and Kücük Cakil (Little Pebble Beach) are
both shingled so many visitors ted to visit the nearby beach of