Surroundings Kas Turkey
The Sunday Times eulogised Kas:
“By day, Kas remains sleepy village of old. By night, it is transformed. As the locals sit, talk and watch the world go by from the harbour wall, the restaurants, some on rooftops overlooking the sea, serve tempting food. The shops are trading post midnight.”
The writer Brian MacArthur caught the spirit of Kas precisely. His view is also shared by Jill Crawshaw:
“Plunder the enticing shops, all set in cobble stoned alleys. Explore its jasmine-scented alleys, lined with old wooden Ottoman balconies.”
Kas itself is home to the finest diving schools in the Mediterranean. Here diving specialists will introduce you to cave diving, sponge diving, the fabulous amphora field and even some fascinating shipwrecks.
But there is still more to delight those privileged to stay in Kas, because some of Turkey’s most beautiful sights and historic sites are within comfortable reach of the village.
To the west lie Xanthos, the Hidden Canyon Patara Beach and Pinara.
Here you will see some particularly well-preserved burial chambers, honeycombing the cliff face, as well as a superbly preserved Hellenistic theatre. Also nearby are Letoon, with its eerie sunken Temple of Leto, and Tlos with its imposing Crusader castle and Roman city. From here, it is a short drive to Yakapark, where you can actually take lunch on the rushing waterfalls.
To the east, a wealth of additional treasures lie waiting to be discovered.
Arycanda is set in the hills of Lycia. From the ancient city you can look out across the deep green valley for one of the most spectacular views in southern Turkey. Here the Romans built a city complete with a stadium, baths, two agoras, an odeon and a temple. There is also an amphitheatre, which is remarkably well-preserved. Arycanda is still little known, as an undiscovered gem amid some of the world’s finest treasures.
Olympus boasts one of the finest beaches in Turkey.
Phaselis is where Alexander the Great received a golden crown and spent the first winter of his all-conquering campaign. You can follow in the footsteps of the Emperor Hadrian as you enter the ancient setting through a triumphal archway.
Ucagiz was formerly Teimiussa, once an important centre of trade with the Middle East. The ancient town at the water’s edge has one of the best-preserved and most evocative of Lycian burial grounds.
Myra, with its stunning cliff side of rock tombs and splendid amphitheatre, and the mystical sunken city of Kekova are also within reach of Kas.
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