Kas Travel Guide
Hagia Sophia at night © Moyan Brenn
Delightfully situated among towering vertical cliffs, Kas is the region's second major holiday resort, and 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, all of which maintain 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.
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. Little boutiques selling tools, hand-carved artefacts, local silver and gold jewellery, as well as plenty of Turkish kilims (hand-woven rugs) are the best places to shop in Kas and one need only look past the usual tourist tat to find some of the best buys in Kas.
Kas is home to a growing number of cafés, restaurants, and patisseries. Visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out. Boasting all kinds of cuisine from Mediterranean: from 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.
When the sun sets on the fishing town of Kas, the streets come to life with bars, clubs and cafés emitting warm glows of light, laughter, and local music. The romantic feel to the town makes it a popular place 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 that extends to the early hours of the morning.
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, and there are a number of interesting villages and ruins in the surrounding area.
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 Patara.