Between the bustling cities of Fethiye and Antalya, in southwestern Turkey is the picturesque town of Kas, known for it’s quaint harbour and lively beach cafes. The town is often overlooked by international guests who head directly to the resorts of Marmaris and Bodrum, but the developed fishing town actually has quite a lot to offer, with beaches nearby, archaeological sites in the centre of town and a Kas Meis Ferry leaving from the harbour each day to visit Greece. There are plenty of things to do in Kas, enough to keep you entertained for at least a few days of your holiday in Turkey.

Go For A Stroll

First thing to do once you’ve checked into your hotel is to head back outside a start exploring. The centre of Kas is based around a pretty harbour and quaint old town, with a short path which runs through a small park alongside the bay. Kas may not be the largest town on the Turquoise Coast, however its narrow streets are packed full of things to discover. Browse in boutique clothing stores or shop for souvenirs and pause at the outside stalls for colourful handicrafts. There is also a good choice of cafes and restaurants offering international cuisine or local homemade Turkish dishes. In the evening bars and clubs fill up and the residents of Kas gather to socialise on the main square during the warm summer evenings.

Things To Do In Kas, Turkey

Visit The Sunken City

Kas lies in the centre of a region once dominated by Lycian Civilisations, the strong nations built prosperous trading ports all the way along the coastline between Fethiye and Antalya, they constructed guard posts and castles on hilltops and carved elaborate tombs into the cliff faces. One of these port cities is located in Gokkaya Bay, opposite the ‘Castle Village’ Kalekoy and the ruins of Simena. The Sunken City of Kekova was built on the steep slopes of the bay and inhabited by the Lycians, however throughout hundreds of years of Arab raids the city gradually became abandoned and earthquakes caused the strong stone houses to sink into the sea. Taking a day cruise from Kas you can sail to the ancient ruins and see the remaining walls and sarcophagi protruding from the water.

Swim At The Beach

While there is no beach in the town centre, the low clifftops are lined with beach bars and cafes with sunbeds and umbrellas and platforms for climbing – or jumping – into the crystalline sea. For an actual beach and fewer crowds you can choose to walk to the small peninsula beaches or hop on a taxi boat to Limanagzi on the opposite side of the bay. Another great beach is Kaputas, hidden below the cliffs between Kas and Kalkan. The best thing about this beach is the incredible colour of the sea, deep azure water meets with cloudy sky blue at the point where a fresh mountain spring meets the salty sea. Don’t forget to take a few pictures before descending the steep stone staircase to the golden sand.

Go Diving

Kas is a gateway to exploring the environmentally protected Kekova Region which is known as a top diving spot on the Mediterranean sea. With incomparable transparency and breathtaking underwater scenery. A wide variety of colourful fish, stingrays, eels and even sea turtles inhabit the area and seawalls run deep to the seabed which is covered in vibrant sponges, interesting plants and corals. Dive boats leave from the harbour every day so if you have a diving licence, Kas should certainly be on your travel itinerary.

Climb To A Viewpoint

The town is built the base of 500 metre high cliffs and a steep trail, which is part of the 500 km Lycian Way, runs from the centre of Kas through scrub and forests to the top of the cliffs. If you’re willing to sweat a little then the breathtaking view is well worth the effort. With no road or traffic nearby, it’s the perfect place to relax, take in the marvellous scenery and gaze over the peninsula and the Greek Island of Meis. The best time to go is at early morning or for sunset but be sure to bring a flashlight for the way back down.

Things To Do In Kas, Turkey

Jump Off A Mountain

Most people don’t realise that Kas is an excellent spot for paragliding and head to the crowded resort of Oludeniz for this extreme sport. The advantage of paragliding in Kas is that – apart from the stunning views over the jagged coastline and lush sugarlump mountains that occupy the bay – you may be lucky enough to have the sky to yourself. So, after you’ve run off the edge of a mountain you can sit back and float above high above the landscape before drifting back to the marina where you will land, hopefully on your feet. Agencies typically offer photo packages for an additional fee so you can take home your paragliding experience.

Check Out Some Ancient Ruins

Kas is built upon the Greek city of Antiphellos and while most of the ancient buildings have been destroyed there are still two open sarcophagi hanging about in the centre of town and on the edge of the bay. Taking a walks towards the peninsula you can also visit a well-preserved amphitheatre, which is illuminated at night and often attracts young crowds with beers and music in the evening. If you’re ready for a hike then two rock-hewn Lycian burial chambers can be found in the forest at the edge of Limanagzi beach. Just follow the red and white way marked trail to the hidden tombs, take your pictures and refresh your weary legs in the sea.

Things To Do In Kas, Turkey

Sail Into The Sunset

Once you’ve finished exploring the sites in and around Kas you will still have the sea to explore and your first stop will probably be the Greek Island of Meis, visible from Kas harbour. Transport is easy as travel agencies offer Online Booking 2017 Ferry Tickets, or you can pick up your one way or return ticket in the harbours office. Beyond Meis there is still the entire Turquoise coast left to explore and classic wooden gulet boats are waiting in Kas harbour to carry you into the sunset to dazzling locations along Turkey’s southwest coast.

What about you, what are the best things to do in Kas, in your opinion?


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