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Kas was originally a fishing village which has grown into an unspoilt tourist resort in this lovely area on Turkey's south Mediterranean coast. It is beautifully located amongst towering cliffs and has a rocky coastline leading into the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean. It is also an excellent base for visitors to travel to the many historical sites scattered throughout the area. Kas is not as busy as several of the other resorts along this turquoise coast as it is further away from the airports but many people find this one of its main attractions.
There are two airports in Turkey which will provide onward transfer to Kas. The first is Dalaman International Airport which is a two hour drive from Kas and Antalya International Airport which is some three hours drive from the resort. Most major airlines operate flights to Turkey including easyJet, Thomas Cook and Turkish Airlines. The flights from the UK take between four and five hours to arrive in Turkey and the airport you depart from will determine your actual flying time. It is vital that UK visitors wishing to enter Turkey hold a passport which is valid for at least three months.
Transfer from the airport is quite straight forward as there are taxis and coaches available for hire but in view of the distance do remember to negotiate the price for your journey first. Package holidaymakers will be met at the airport by a representative from their tour company who will accompany them to the resort by coach. Accommodation in Kas varies from luxury hotels to pensions and the self catering holidaymaker has a variety of apartments or villas to rent.
There are two main beaches at Kas, Little Pebble Beach and Big Pebble Beach which as their name suggests are both rather stony, however, there are lots of watersports available including kayaking and banana boat rides as well as the scuba diving the area is renowned for. In view of its mountainous terrain and glorious scenery, Kas is an ideal place to try paragliding. Nearby Patara Beach is an 18 kilometre stretch of sand which is the place the endangered Loggerhead Turtles come to lay their eggs and although it is a conservation area, tourists are warmly welcomed here.
Boat trips are popular in Turkey and this particular stretch of coast offers many glass-bottomed boat trips to the underwater cities around Kekova Island and visitors are able to view the remains of ancient civilisations just below the sea. A trip to the Blue Cave is another popular cruise as well.
Kas itself has grown around the ancient city of Antiphellos and there are remains of a Hellenistic theatre as well as sarcophagi in the town and you will be amazed at how well the new and ancient buildings actually mingle with one another. There are also some rock tombs both in and around the hillsides of the town including the spectacular Lion Tomb.
Other reasonably close historical sites of interest include the Amphitheatre in Fethiye, the amazing Lycian tombs of Dalyan and the deserted village of Kayakoy which was once a busy Greek community but following the war the Greek people left and the village is eerily ghost-like now in its emptiness.
Getting around the area is quite simple as the local Turkish dolmus mini buses operate daily and providing you agree the fare with them, the local taxi drivers are willing to take you on their version of guided tours of the popular places to visit such as Olu Deniz with its beautiful Blue Lagoon.
There are several restaurants, cafes and patisseries in Kas as well as numerous bars and visitors will find it difficult to choose where to dine out as there is such an enormous choice of culinary delights available here. Nightlife is fairly lively with the sounds of laughter and local music in the bars but there are no all night discos and serious partygoers need to head for the towns of either Hisaronu or Fethiye to dance the night away.
All parts of Turkey are famous for the good facilities provided for shoppers and Kas is no exception, however, one thing missing from Kas is the haggling which takes place elsewhere. Shopkeepers and owners are not allowed to hassle the tourists at all or they could lose their license and visitors are encouraged to browse at their leisure.
There are carpet shops galore, jewellery outlets (gold jewellery is particularly good value in Turkey and the designs are most unusual and very attractive), boutiques with their designer wear, several souvenir shops and also hand-carved ornaments and objects of interest are available. There are some fine bargains to be found if you look beyond the usual touristy items and many a holidaymaker has gone home with an absolute gem.
Fethiye hosts a weekly market and a dolmus ride through the pine clad mountains and superb scenery makes this town a must to visit. Apart from the shopping, there is a pleasant harbour area and sitting watching the various craft coming and going whilst sipping a cool refreshing drink is most enjoyable.
Although Kas is home to many holidaymakers annually and despite the development for tourists, it still retains its small fishing village charm with its tiny streets which are cobbled and is a place people look forward to returning to.