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Would a sun-kissed Kas holiday suit you? Find out with our guide to this treasure of the Turkish Riviera…
The fishing village and tourist resort of Kas is located in the south west of Turkey, two hours by road from Dalaman Airport and three hours from Antalya Airport. Do not let these long transfer times put you off though; the remoteness of the town has enabled Kas to retain its old-world beauty and avoid becoming overrun with British bars, sunburned tourists and noisy amusement arcades. Instead, Kas is elegant, charismatic and peaceful, and its time-honoured customs continue to please both locals and visitors.
Sweet-smelling trees and vivid pink bougainvillea line the streets of the town, where wooden balconies hang over tiled walkways. Gift shops and art galleries hang goods on the street-side, while cafes will tempt you in with sugar-laced pastries and strong coffee. Down in Kas harbour, beat-up fishing boats sit alongside brand new yachts offering day trips to destinations such as the sunken city off Kekova and the gorgeous Kaputas Beach, as well as snorkelling, fishing and sunset excursions. You will never be bored on Kas holidays.
The excellent choice of hotels in Kas includes chic and stylish hotels offering waterfront views, swimming pools, and exquisite bars and restaurants. And you will encounter plenty of good-value self-catering and bed-and-breakfast holiday packages. All-inclusive Kas hotels are not that common, however, as most visitors prefer to wander around the town’s atmospheric streets and choose a new restaurant each night (or return to their favourite again and again).
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When will you travel to Kas? Use our climate guide to help you make the decision…
The main holiday season in Kas runs between April and October, when average daily temperatures stay above 20C. Summer days can be very hot, with 30-35C expected in July and August. You can leave your umbrella at home, as you are unlikely to see a spot of rain in this lovely part of Turkey between late spring and early autumn.
Annual events in Kas go with a swing; attend any of these calendar highlights and you are sure to leave with incredible holiday memories…
Lycian Culture and Arts Festival; June: Three days of live music, folk dancing, fun for children and much, much more keep the people of Kas entertained in early summer.
Annual International Meis to Kas Canoe and Swimming Contest; June: Meis is the Turkish name for the Greek island of Kastellorizo, which is within swimming distance of the Turkish shore. The race ends in Kas, so gather around the finishing line to cheer on the competitors as they complete their gruelling challenge.
Republic Day; October 29: This is celebrated across Turkey but Kas parties with some gusto on this day late in the tourism season. If you are here for it, be sure to join in the dancing, singing and general merriment.
Kas is a sure-fire hit with older families and couples. Here are just a few ways to enjoy your break in the sun…
Relaxing: The beaches within Kas are small and pebbly, though there are plenty of sun-soaked rock platforms offering access to the sea. Hire a car in Kas (or collect a vehicle upon arrival at the airport) and you can meander along the coastline, finding some of the most amazing beaches in Turkey. Kaputas Beach is a firm favourite. Boat trips also run from Kas to nearby beaches where white sands and turquoise seas dazzle.
Active types: Scuba diving is hugely popular in the crystal-clear waters of this area. The sunken city of Kekova – an obvious hit with divers – is just one of many sensational sites around the Kas coastline. Total beginners can book trial dives with experienced instructors.
Shopping: Fruit, veg, spices, leather goods, jewellery, handmade trinkets and some of the tastiest street food in Turkey… just a few of the reasons to visit the Friday market in Kas.