Kas is located on the most southwestern point of Anatolia. Because of the proximity of the Taurus Mountains to the water, the landscape of the southwestern coastline is very unforgiving to the rowboats or the sailboats. As a result, Kas and the neighboring cities remained unspoiled until the 90s. Even if there is rapid development in the area, Kas still has a very special energy and has various activities for travelers of all ages.
Where is Kas?
Kas is located on the southwestern coast of the Republic of Turkey. The city is on the most scenic route of the Republic of Turkey which is D400. Kas is three hours away from Antalya airport and two and a half hours away from Dalaman airport. There are busses available from all big cities of Turkey to Kas, especially in summer. Thanks to her location, Kas is a must if you are driving on your own in the western coastline of Turkey.
History of Kas
The first traces of civilization around Kas goes back to the Stone Age. The civilization in Kas started to sparkle especially after the Lycian Era. Kas was called Habessos by the Lycians and the importance of the city can be understood from the size of the Necropoleis of Kas and Kale nearby. The town that remained on the slopes of the hills over modern Kas today was called Phellus during the Hellenistic times which is between the 3rd and the 1st Century BCE. The city was called Antiphellos during the Roman times and suffered from Arabian invasions during the attempts of the Arabian navy trying to reach Constantinopolis. Turkish rules started in the 12th Century in Kas and Christian Greeks were the majority until the population exchange of the Republic of Turkey and Greece in 1923. The tourism industry discovered Kas in the late 80s and since then, Kas is a popular spot for all types of tourists.
What are the things to do in Kas?
The weather, views of Kas, and crystal clear waters of Kas attract many tourists during the summer to rest and rejuvenate. While Kas is full of villas belonging to the wealthy Turks, there are many alternatives of accommodations to any type of traveler. While Kas offers beautiful alternatives to rest and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, you can easily spice up your vacation by paragliding, diving, kayaking, trekking, or visiting spectacular ancient cities of Hellenistic and Roman Eras. Kas is the ultimate diving destination of Turkey. There are more than 50 diving spots and 15 diving schools in Kas offering diving experiences for any type of divers. Besides the artificial diving spots intentionally created to observe the development of underwater life, there are two diving spots which are original aircraft wrecks. One of the planes is from the Second World War and the other is a cargo aircraft that sank in the 1950s. There is also an underwater archaeology park in Kas which is a unique diving experience for travelers. Kas was a member of the Lycian League and the city is on the Lycian Way which was a network of trade and information between the member city-states of the league. One can easily spend a day or two on the world-famous Lycian Way when in Kas. Kale is a small town in the south of Kas and kayaking is recommended there especially among the Lycian tombs in the water and the sunken city on the Kekova Island across Simena. You should always get back to the old town of Kas to eat fresh seafood and taste various Turkish appetizers with good music from the loudspeakers and the sound of the Mediterranean Sea.
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