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
three hours' drive southwest of Antalya
Despite dozens of new hotels and pensions, Kaş (KAHSH)
still has charm, part
of which comes from its setting at
the foot of a wall of mountains facing
Another part of its charm comes from
Kaş's unhurried ambience.
Because it is hours away from the Mediterranean's
airports (Antalya and Dalaman),
it gets fewer visitors than towns that
are more quickly accessible.
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
island of Megisti (Kastellorizo; Meis
Adası in Turkish).
You can go there easily for a day trip.
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
trips to nearby Üçağız and Kaleköy or
the Blue Cave, visit
the neighboring village of Kalkan,
or walk up the mountain to the cliff
Kaş is also a good
base for exploring the plentiful ancient
Lycian cities and
archeological sites such as Demre
Xanthos (Kınık), Letoön, Saklıkent
Come by car,
or by bus,
perhaps changing at Fethiye or Antalya. Maps
of Kaş, Kalkan & Mediterranean
—by Tom Brosnahan