Kaş, Mediterranean Turkey

Kaş, once an unspoiled fishing village, is now a relatively unspoiled tourist town on the southern bulge of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast two hours’ drive southeast of Fethiyeand three hours’ drive southwest of Antalya (map).

Despite dozens of new hotels and pensionsKaş(KAHSH) still has charm, part of which comes from its setting at the foot of a wall of mountains facing the sparkling Mediterranean.

Another part of its charm comes from Kaş’s unhurried ambience. Because it is hours away from the Mediterranean’s two major airports (Antalya and Dalaman), it gets fewer visitors than towns that are more quickly accessible.

Lycian Tomb, Kas, Turkey
A family rests on a 2400-year-old Lycian tomb in Kaş.

Ruins of the ancient town of Antiphellos mix with modern buildings in Kaş. Across the water to the south lies the Greek islandof Megisti (Kastellorizo; Meis Adası in Turkish). You can go there easily for a day trip. More…

Kaş’s beaches are small, pebbly and apt to be crowded, so visitors in search of a broad, long sand beach drive west to Patara.

Otherwise, visitors to Kaş spend time in waterfront coffee-houses and restaurants, take boat tripsto nearby Üçağız and Kaleköy or the Blue Cave, visit the neighboring village of Kalkan, or walk up the mountain to the cliff tombs.

Kaş is also a good base for exploring the plentiful ancient Lycian cities and archeological sites such as Demre (Kale)Patara, Xanthos (Kınık), Letoön, Saklıkent and Tlos.

Come by car, or by bus, perhaps changing at Fethiye or AntalyaMaps of Kaş, Kalkan & Mediterranean Turkey

—by Tom Brosnahan


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