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Kas (pronounced Carsh) is a delightful 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.

Get in

Kas is halfway between Dalman and Antalya Airports and a fair distance from both, so it avoids excesive package trade.

Get around

Kas 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.



Within reasonable driving distance are locations for Canyoning, Sea kayaking, cycling, walking, paragliding as well as wonderful beaches. Local tour companies are happy to arrange any of these activities.


Kas 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.


Restaurant prices are a bit steep in Kas, but most you'll get your money's worth at most restaurants, as the food is usually excellent. Pop prices are exorbitant though, as most restaurants charge 3 YTL for a can, compared to a bottle of water for a mere 2 YTL.


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


  • The 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 accross 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.

Get out

The nearby "sunken city" of Kekova is a great daytrip. Bougainville Travel also offers sea kayaking at Kekova. (60 YTL per person, including transfer from Kas).

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