A village called eyebrow: Kaş or Kas, Turkey

A village called eyebrow? Well yes, Kaş means eyebrow in Turkish, and if you have a look on Google Maps, you will quickly understand where this picture perfect village got its name from. 🙂 Join us for a tour around the old town of Kas, Turkey and get ready for a quaintness overload.

Too Lovely For Words

Too Lovely For Words

Kas, Turkey: a picture-perfect village

If it is Mediterranean cuteness you are after, you have come to the right place in Kaş. If the term existed, you could easily call it über-cute. 🙂 It has all the right elements in place: stunning sea views all the way to nearby Kastellorizo, narrow cobbled streets with whitewashed houses, inviting restaurants and cafés, and the typical bougainvillea. And while this is quite sufficient to make you fall in love with the place, you can also add some pretty beaches, and a picturesque harbor to complete the southern vibe. You don’t have to walk far in Kas to see that this was once a Greek village. The houses still have that distinct Greek feel to it, with a dash of Turkish turquoise. You’ll be left in awe at the craftsmanship of the woodwork of the bow windows, while almost stumbling over a Lycian Sarcophagus. There is charm and history in abundance in Kas, and you will feel it is the perfect place for some laid-back days at the Med.

Old Greek Houses In Kas

Old Greek Houses In Kas

The Mediterranean at your feet

Kaş old town is nestled around its fishing harbor. Fishing boats are still very present but are now surrounded by gullets for daily boat trips and the specially equipped yachts from the diving expeditions. Diving in Kas is huge. It is said to be one of the best places to dive in Turkey. It is easy to see why, with around 50 diving sites within half an hour by boat offering the opportunity to dive into caves and canyons, but also to find wrecks, like the Dakota wreck. If you are staying for more than a few days in Kas, why not pop over to Greece to the island of Meis (or Kastellorizo in Greek) which is barely 2km away. It makes a brilliant day out, enjoying both the boat trip, the Greek village, and the stunning views towards Kas, Turkey. If you’re not much of a boating person, the harbor area is perfect to admire the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean or have a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants overlooking the sea.

Yes, Please!

Yes, Please!

How to get to Kaş & other practicalities

First of all, when visiting Kaş, it is good to know how it is actually pronounced. The closest description would be to say it like you say cash. The ‘a’ will sound a little different, but at least, you’ll get the end part right. 😉 Now we’ve got this covered, let’s see how to get to Kas. There’s a reason Kaş is still relatively unspoiled; it takes a while to get there from the airport. You can either fly into Antalya or Dalaman airport. Count on a transfer of little over 3h from Antalya, and just over 2h from Dalaman to Kas. Find the best flights to both airports here.

If you are driving yourself, and you’re coming from Fethiye or Kalkan, you’ll get a hell of a treat enjoying mesmerizing sea views along the scenic coastal road. Using public transport to Kas is cheap and convenient. There are frequent and inexpensive buses from the surrounding resorts including Kalkan, Fethiye, Çıralı, and Antalya. You can find more information on traveling by bus in Turkey on our Turkey Travel Resources page.

You’ll find plenty of boutique hotels in Kas that are just as charming as the town itself. Take the time to explore the area, hop on a gullet to the sunken city of Kekova, and don’t forget your hiking shoes to conquer the Lycian Way, or your paperwork if you plan on heading to Greece.

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Dakota Wreck By BelyAvc [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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