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Antalya Province : Kaş
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A street in Kaş. Note the Lycian sarcophagus at the background

Kaş (pronounced Kaash) is a "Turkish Delight" city in the very South (Mediterranean) of Turkey. Kaş has several rocky (not sand) beaches but they are quite small, most are less than 10 metres wide. However the rock shelves are wonderful for sun and sea bathing. These are populated by cafes and restaurants which provide free loungers. In return you are expected (but not obliged) to buy drinks, snacks or food from them.

The town has many decent hotels and restaurants and is a bustling centre for adventure activity holidays. The main season is from April through the end of October. October 29 (Ekim yirmi dokuz) is Turkish Independence Day and the official end of the tourist season in Kaş. There is a huge celebration in the town square (meydan).

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. The easiest way, and the most expensive, is by taxi. You can hire a taxi in the airport (generally more expensive - around 200 YTL [New (Yeni) Turkish Lira]), or you can 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(a shared/bus taxi of usually 12 passengers) however 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 very modern and 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.


  • 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


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).


Kaş is the place to buy tourist kitsch but there are also excellent carpet shops and many jewelry shops. Some of the jewelry and fine ceramics are made by local artists in their own shops. Kaş has endless varieties of shopping experiences, 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.

Every Friday, year round, there is an open air market which has almost anything you can think of from fresh fruits and vegetables, to clothes, village hardware tools, pirate DVD's and CD's, gozleme (Turkish "pancake") vendors and textiles. Plan to spend at least half a day there if you are a curious onlooker or serious shopper. Bargaining for all but the fruits and vegetables is common. "Kaç para"(katch para) or "Ne kadar" (how much?) "Çok pahala" (choke pahala-too expensive).


There are many, many places to eat in Kaş, restaurants are in abundance. 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.

  • Bahçe (Batche) Restaurant is one of the most famous and popular of the fine restaurants. It boasts an open air garden dining experience with quick but efficient service and very fresh and delightful dining. It is just above the Lycian tomb at the top of Uzun Çarşı (Long Market) street or "slippery sokak."

If you move away from the "most popular" restaurants, you will find good home cooking (ev yemekleri) using garden fresh produce and priced very economical. Hanemeli restaurant is of the home cooking variety but you have to ask around to find it. Soda pop prices can be expensive though, as most restaurants charge 3 YTL for a can, compared to a bottle of water for a mere 2 YTL. A beer is between 4 or 5 YTL. If you 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.


Bars are plentiful, expect to pay at least 5 YTL for a drink. Mavi Bar[3] is one of the most popular during the April to November season. There are many tables and chairs outside of the bar and it is not unusual to see a large crowd after 2:00 am still gathered there. Fights and rowdy behavior is seldom seen and not tolerated. The police and gendarme (jandarma) are present but unobtrusive.


There are plenty of bars available in Kaş open until 3 am every night. Just about any kind of music can be hear from commercial pop 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 are a bit limited if you are looking for a crazy night out. Still there is dancing to popular music and also quiet hideaways for simple gatherings of friends.


  • 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.
  • The Club Arpia Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the Çukurbağ Peninsula jutting out from Kaş proper. It is a refreshing walk or a short drive to Kaş town center (meydan). The Club Arpia Hotel has 21 rooms with balconies and affords beautiful views of the sea from nearly all the rooms. The Club Arpia Hotel has a private swimming pool, a barbeque area and a private sea side swimming platform. Particular care has been taken to ensure that the swimming platforms blend in with nature.
  • Gardenia Boutique Hotel [4] 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 Kaş. Also a little tip, if you are traveling with kids, hotel does not accept children under 12.
  • The Oreo Hotel in Kaş is located just a short walk from the town centre and the Mediterranean seafront. A fun place for activity and adventure with a young, dynamic clientele and friendly, knowledgeable staff. The hotel is located in a peaceful setting amid a lush garden with a variety of trees and plants and a mountain backdrop. The hotel has great views from all rooms. The Oreo Hotel also has a large swimming pool, bar and terraced area for you to relax in. Dinner and drinks are very reasonable.
  • Tapestry Collection [5] offer luxury accommodation in Kaş.

Turkish Holidays

The savvy traveler should remember that when traveling into, in or around Turkey there are several holidays to keep in mind as they can cause delays in travel, traffic congestion, booked up accommodations and crowded venues. Banks, offices and businesses are closed during official holidays and traffic intensifies during all of the following holidays so do your research before you visit. Do not be put off by these holidays, it is not that difficult and often quite interesting to travel during Turkish holidays, simply plan ahead as much as possible.

  • January 1: New Year's Day (Yılbaşı)
  • April 23: National Independence & Children's Day (Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı)
  • May 1 Labour and Solidarity Day (Emek ve Dayanışma Günü) was banned as a holiday for almost 40 years and only started as a national holiday in 2009 because in years past it usually degenerated into violence. The wary traveler would be advised to not get caught in the middle of a May Day parade or gathering.
  • May 19: Atatürk Commemoration & Youth Sports Holiday (Atatürk'ü Anma Gençlik ve Spor Bayramı)
  • August 30: Victory Day (Zafer Bayramı) Celebration of the end of the war for Turkish Independence. A big Armed Forces day and display of military might.
  • October 29: Republic Day (Cumhuriyet Bayramı or Ekim yirmi dokuz) is Turkish Independence Day. If it falls on a Thursday for example, Friday and the weekend should be considered in your travel plans. October 29 is the official end of the tourist season in Kaş and there is a huge celebration in the town square (meydan). Tourists, Kaş locals and outlying villagers all come together to celebrate. There is lots of Turkish music, dancing and drinking of alcohol especially rakı (rakuh also called "Lions milk") the unofficial "national" drink.
  • November 10, 9:05 am Traffic usually stops and sirens blare for two minutes starting at 9:05 a.m., the time when Atatürk died in Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul in 1938. That moment in time is officially observed throughout the country but businesses and official places are not closed for the day. However, do not be surprised if you are on the street, you hear a loud boom and all of a sudden people and traffic stop on the sidewalks and streets for a moment of silence in observance of this event.

Religious Holidays

Note dates of Moslem religious holidays change every year so check for official dates of these holidays before traveling.

Ramadan (Ramazan in Turkey) is a month long time of fasting, prayer and celebration during which pious Muslims neither drink nor eat anything, even water, from sun up to sun down. Businesses, banks and official places are not closed during this time. In Turkey, it is considered to be bad taste to eat snacks or drink sodas in front of locals in public places or transport but restaurants are usually open and it is no problem to eat in them as usual. At the last call for prayer and a cannon boom, fasting observers immediately sit down for iftar, their first meal of the day. Banks, businesses and official places are NOT closed during this time.

  • 2010: 11 August - 9 September
  • 2011: 1 August - 30 August
  • 2012: 20 July - 18 August

Immediately following Ramazan is the three-day national holiday of Ramazan Bayrami, also called Şeker Bayrami (Sugar or Candy Festival) during which banks, offices and businesses are closed and travel will be heavy. However, many restaurants, cafes and bars will be open.

Şeker Bayrami falls on these dates:

  • 2010: Half-day on Thursday, 9 September, full-days on 10, 11 & 12 September (Friday-Saturday-Sunday).
  • 2011: Half-day on Tuesday, 30 August, full-days on 31 August, 1 & 2 September (Wednesday-Thursday-Friday).
  • 2012: Half-day on Saturday, 18 August, full-days on 19, 20 & 21 August (Sunday-Monday-Tuesday).

Kurban Bayrami (koor-BAHN bahy-rah-muh) in Turkish, (Eid el-Adha in Arabic) or sacrifice holiday is the most important Islamic religious festival of the year. It lasts for several days and is a public holiday in Turkey. Almost everything will be closed during that time (many restaurants, cafes, bars and some small shops will be open however). Kurban Bayrami is also the time of the annual pilgrimage (Haj) to Mecca, so both domestic and international travel is intense in Turkey at this time. If you are in smaller towns or villages you may even observe an animal, usually a goat but sometimes a cow, being slaughtered in a public place. In recent years the Turkish government has cracked down on these unofficial slaughterings so it is not as common as it once was.

  • 2010, begins on November 16, (Tuesday), and continues for four days until the evening of November 20, 2010 (Saturday), but be aware that people will be traveling through Sunday, November 21st.
  • 2011, begins on November 6, (Sunday), and continues for four days until the evening of November 10, 2011 (Thursday), but most Turkish people will still be on holiday or traveling on Friday, November 4, through Sunday, November 13, 2011.
  • 2012, begins on October 25 (Thursday), and continues for four days until the evening of October 29 (Monday, Turkey's Republic Day, a major patriotic holiday), with travel effects through October 30, 2012 (Tuesday).

Get out

  • The Greek island of Kastelorizo, known in Turkish as Meis, is just opposite Kaş, almost literally a long stone's throw away (roughly 2000 meters), and is served by frequent daily boat services from Kaş.

Routes through Kaş
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