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The peninsula that the pretty harbour town of Kas sits on has been occupied since the Stone Age. The town is thought to have been initially occupied by the Lycians, who ruled most of this region before the Greeks and Romans, who called it Antiphellos. It was famous for its exports of sponges, and of timber from the nearby mountains. Due to its proximity to the Greek Islands there was a lot of Greek influence in the area, and many of the local population spoke Greek until the population exchange that took place in 1923 after the Greco-Turkish War.
With its cobbled streets and traditional houses – many with the distinctive overhanging Ottoman balconies – the centre of this small town is charming to stroll, especially by the waterfront. Perhaps the most bustling place in town is the harbour when the fishermen come in with their daily catch and visitors jostle with locals and restaurant owners for the best, freshest seafood. Kas is famous for its excellent restaurants, cafes and bars, and fresh fish is a major part of many menus.Read more
History can literally be found on the streets in Kas with an ancient amphitheatre, sarcophagi and rock tombs dating to the 4th century BC to be discovered amongst the interesting shops and cafes. There are also two small beaches near the town (Little Pebble Beach and Big Pebble Beach). Other beaches worth a trip are Limanagzi Beach (best accessed by a small boat), the spectacular sandy Kaputas Beach between Kas and Kalkan – worth every one of the 192 steps to get down there – and perhaps the best of all, some 41 kilometres west of Kas, the appealing, 18-kilometre long Patara Beach.
For those who like to be active while they explore Kas has much to offer including: walking, cycling and scuba diving. For those who like to be more relaxed there are boat trips, snorkelling and day trips to local ancient sites including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Xanthos, and the sunken city of Kekova.