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Some restaurant prices are a bit steep in Kaş, but at most restaurants you'll get your money's worth as the food is usually excellent. If you stay away from the "most popular" restaurants, you will find simply home cooking with garden fresh produce very economical. Soda prices are exorbitant though, as most restaurants charge 3 YTL for a can, compared to a bottle of water for a mere 2 YTL. Walk around and browse the menus and prices, you will probably find a place which is suitable for you at a price you can afford.
  
 
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Revision as of 14:21, 3 December 2009

A street in Kaş. Note the Lycian sacrophagus at the background

Kaş (pronounced Caash) is a "Turkish Delight" city in the very South (Mediterranean) of Turkey. It also only has a very tiny beach, less than 10 metres wide. However it does have wonderful rock shelves for sea bathing. These are populated by cafes and restaurant who provide free loungers. In return you are expected (but not obliged) to buy drinks etc from them.

The town has many decent hotels and restaurants and is a centre for activity holidays.

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Get in

Kaş is halfway between Dalaman Airport (180 km) and Antalya Airport (192 km) and a fair distance from both, so it avoids excessive package trade. There are various ways to get to Kaş from these airports. Easiest way would be the taxi. You can get one in the airport (generally more expensive - around 200 YTL [New (Yeni) Turkish Lira]), book a transfer from the hotel where you will be staying or from a local travel agency in Kaş (around 150 YTL). You can take a bus or dolmuş, however you may need to change and they stop in every small village along the way which takes more time.

There are also direct overnight bus services between Istanbul and Kaş, a rather inexpensive way of getting to and from the capital. Bus services in Turkey are generally excellent and, if you want to get to Istanbul, you may prefer spending the night in the bus and waking up in Istanbul the next morning rather than wasting a whole day traveling to the airports for a local flight.

The bus station (otogar) is located right at the centre of town, on the side of main square.

Get around

Kaş is a small town, and you can walk anywhere within 10 minutes. Scooters are available for rent around town (30-35 YTL per day, depending on season), if you just can't be bothered.

Minibuses run around the Peninsula of Çukurbağ, known in Turkish as Yarım Ada, which is a few kilometers away and where most hotels have their own terrace "beaches" open to the public (as long as beverages or food are consumed from their beach bars). Taxis to the peninsula can be costly, at least US$10 each way.

See

  • Ancient theather and acropolis in Kas (Antiphellos: Habessos)
  • Phellos ancient city
  • Kekova Sound
  • Aperlai ruins
  • Appolonia
  • Saklikent gorge
  • Patara ruins & beach
  • Kaputas beach & Blue Cave
  • Limanagzi(Sebeda-Bayindir) beach
  • Big Pebble Beach
  • Hidirellez Sinkhole
  • Factoria Bay
  • Cape Ulburun
  • Cukurbag Village
  • Saribelen Village
  • Kyenai ruins
  • Pinara
  • Xanthos & Letoon ruins in Kınık
  • Hoyran village and ruins
  • Gedife Cliffs

Do

Within reasonable driving distance are locations for scuba diving, hiking, truck safaris, snorkeling, canyoning, gorge walking, coasteering, sea kayaking, cycling, walking and paragliding, as well as wonderful beaches. Local tour companies are happy to arrange any of these activities. Kaş is considered the "diving capital of the Med."

The nearby "sunken city" of Kekova is a great daytrip that usually includes a stop in the lovely village of Simena. Bougainville Travel [1] also offers sea kayaking at Kekova (60 YTL/person, including transfer from Kaş).

Dragoman Travel [2] offers a longer version - their Kekova West sea kayaking trip allows you to explore more silent parts of Kekova Sound and islands, and combines paddling, hiking to Aperlai, and kayak sailing (75 YTL/person).

Buy

Kaş is the place to buy tourist kitsch. It has endless varieties, often of higher quality than most tourist towns, but most importantly, strict regulations the local government has placed on its market mean the shop owners are simply not allowed to hassle you. Complaints about a shop owner can result in the loss of their operating license.

Eat

Some restaurant prices are a bit steep in Kaş, but at most restaurants you'll get your money's worth as the food is usually excellent. If you stay away from the "most popular" restaurants, you will find simply home cooking with garden fresh produce very economical. Soda prices are exorbitant though, as most restaurants charge 3 YTL for a can, compared to a bottle of water for a mere 2 YTL. Walk around and browse the menus and prices, you will probably find a place which is suitable for you at a price you can afford.

Drink

Bars are plentiful, expect to pay at least 5 YTL for a drink.

Nightlife

There are plenty of bars available in Kaş open until 3 am everyday. From commercial music to jazz and even foam parties are available. However do not expect too much since Kaş is a small town, things you can do is a bit limited if you are looking for a crazy night out.

Sleep

  • Ani Pension is a popular backpacker stop. 30 YTL per night for double with breakfast. The rooms are large, and come with a balcony (complete with laundry drying rack) and ensuite. Also, if you ask for it, you can get french toast with breakfast, for a bit of a change from the standard Turkish breakfast. The downsides are the roosters across the street, which go crazy at about 3:30 AM, and the bed sheets are a bit small for a double. The dinner (additional 12YTL) is a bit disappointing, and for a few extra lira you can get a much better meal elsewhere.
  • Gardenia Boutique Hotel [3] is a popular spot for couples (especially for the ones on honeymoon). Rooms are large and extremely modern for a small town like Kas. Walking distance from the town center, but far enough for a quiet evening. Amazing scenery looking towards the Greek island of Meis and bay of Kas. Also a little tip, if you are travelling with kids, hotel does not accept children under 12.
  • Tapestry Collection [4] offer luxury accommodation in Kas.

Get out

  • The Greek island of Kastelorizo, known in Turkish as Meis, is just opposite Kaş, almost literally at a stone's throw away, and is served by frequent daily boat services from Kaş.


Routes through Kaş
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