Kas Area Guide
Kaş is a small seaside town that used to be a simple fishing village, on the Mediterranean coast in southwestern Turkey, around 167 miles west of Antalya City. The modern town was constructed on the site of ancient Antiphellos, whose ruins can still be seen. The area abounds with antiquity with Kas home to an ancient theatre, the 4th-century-B.C. Lion Tomb, featuring 2 carved lion heads, that is just one of many Lycian rock tombs in the area. The pretty town center has whitewashed houses on winding streets with many covered in bougainvillea. The Lycian Way, a famous ancient trail, passes by Kas.
Right on the Azure sea, part of the charm of Kas is that is it off the main tourism track and offers visitors and residents an authentic way of life in stunning surroundings. Dalaman International airport is a 2 hour drive away and Antalya International Airport is around a 3 hours drive. Nearby Kalkan can be reached in just 20 minutes and is on the main dolmus route.
Kas Beaches, Turkey
Kas has 2 small beaches where you can swim and relax but the area is host to many more larger beaches with more facilities.
Little Pebble Beach, Kas, Turkey
Located just 10 minutes from Kas harbour, this is a pretty little pebbly/shingle beach with crystal clear waters and safe for swimming. Popular with local kids in the summer who dive off the purpose built platforms from the surrounding rocks.
Big Pebble Beach, Kas, Turkey
Big Pebble Beach is situated in a small cove just outside Kas and is around a 10 minute drive. The beach gets busy in the summer months but does have facilities including a couple of cafes and restaurants plus sunloungers and umbrellas which are free, providing you order something from one of the restaurants. The beach is quite sheltered, so the clear waters are calm and good for swimming. And the cafes will happily call a taxi for you when you want to go.
Shopping in Kas, Turkey
The charming streets of Kas have lots of shops selling a variety of goods from local handicrafts to the latest fashions and are popular with shoppers. Some excellent Kas shopping options include:
Kas Pazar Market
This Kas Friday market is a bona fide local Turkish market. Farmers from the surrounding villages set-up their stalls to sell a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, regional cheeses and rich honey, plus much more. There are many stalls with clothing featuring Turkish brands, watches, DVDs, house hold wares and local crafts. The market attracts not just residents from Kas, but people from around the surrounding villages too. In the high the season you will also find souvenir stalls laid out for the tourists, and the atmosphere is great with the hustle and bustle of good being bartered for, the aroma of fresh Turkish coffee, and smiling vendors hoping to persuade you to buy their goods. The prices are on the cheap side.
Kas Migros Supermarket
Kas Marina has a Mirgos supermarket stocking all the essentials, including local cheeses and fresh local vegetables. Other supermarkets in the area include Kipa, Bim, Sok and Genpa.
Muhtar Shopping Mall, Kas
Nightlife in Kas, Turkey
Kas has a reputation as being slightly bohemian and the nightlife is very much along these vibes. Here you will not find multi storey clubs blaring out the latest sounds, but rather an intimate mix of cool cafes and hip bars.
Café Barcelona, Kas
Popular with expats, Café Barcelona is right on the corner of two cobbled old-town streets where you can people-watch beneath the creeper-clad trellis. Many would say this is the best bar in Kas, with excellent beers and wine plus live music entertainment.
Hideaway Cafe & Bar, Kas
Situated in the main square, entry is through what could be a secret doorway so nondescript is it. Once in, you will find a cosy and charming garden cafe and bar, with lots of little tables and hanging lanterns. It’s a great place for an afternoon coffee, or later in the evening for drinks under the stars.
Echo café Bar, Kas
This is an upmarket, hip lounge bar on the harbor, where high society sip delicious cocktails. There is often live music here in this historic building, with an upstairs gallery complete with intimate balconies overlooking the harbour.
Kas, Turkey Attractions
Meis is a Greek island that is just a 20-minute ferry ride away from Kas. A day trip from Kas means you’ll have to cross an international border! There’s lots to do in Meis from walking around this picture postcard town with its brightly painted, old buildings to exploring the island’s caves. Hiking up the hill to view some ancient ruins is another popular activity with day trippers, and you’ll get a great view when you reach the top! Two ferries operate daily from Kaş, and if you’re heading to Greece, you also have the option to continue on to Rhodes island from Meis with regular ferry services.
Kaş was built on the site of ancient Antiphellos so there are a good number of ruins to see including a Lycian sarcophagus in the town center, a well-preserved theatre on the west side of town with spectacular sea vistas out over the bay, and the remains of the ancient town walls, plus some Lycian rock tombs to the northeast. When walking through Kas, and viewing this fascinating antiquity, you get a real sense of the town’s historical past and the importance of Antiphellos.
Kekova Sunken City
There a day boat trips from Kas Harbour to view the historic Sunken City of Kekova, a second-century port town that collapsed into the sea after an earthquake. You could spend the morning snorkeling in the brilliant blue waters at Akvaryum Bay before visiting the sunken city in the afternoon.
The Most Sought After Districts in Kas, Turkey
This beautiful green peninsula to the west of Antalya is famous for its sea views and privacy, with a number of sought after areas:
The centre of Kas is popular with residents looking to be right in the middle of the old town’s atmosphere. Here, you can find 2 bed apartments with sea views starting from just Euro70,000 with complex facilities often including swimming pools and landscaped gardens.
Cukurbag Peninsula, Kas
This is a sought after residential area very popular with villa owners. The area is peaceful with blissful sea vistas. Villas often come with beautifully landscaped grounds, pools and even private jetties.
Kas Marina was completed in 2011 and is the 3rd largest marina in southern Turkey with berths for 450 boats. The area around the marina is a popular residential area due to the green scenery and sea vistas on offer.