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Three Days in Kaş

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A September 2009 trip to Kas by Owen Lipsett

Antiphellos Amphitheater Photo, Kas, Turkey More Photos
Quote: A pleasant resort town with a number of good restaurants, Kaş is a good place to break up the journey between Fethiye and Antalya. It’s also completely devoted to tourism, which may make it attractive or unattractive given your perspective…

General Information About Kas

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Antiphellos Amphitheater Photo, Kas, Turkey
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What and Where Is Kaş?Kaş (pronounced "Kah-sh") is a resort town located approximately midway between Fethiye and Antalya, two of the largest towns on Turkey’s Western Mediterranean ("Turquoise") Coast. As it’s nowhere near the international airports at Dalaman (near Fethiye) or Antalya, as well as being pressed between the Toros Mountains and the sea, it isn’t as convenient for mass tourism as resorts near either of the two aforementioned towns and thus is a good deal more pleasant, though it doesn’t exactly offer an authentic Turkish village experience (you have to go inland for that!) What it does offer is a relatively pleasant place to spend a day or two with good restaurants,...Read More

Ates Pension

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Hotel | "Ates Pension - A Cheap Place to Stay in Kas"

Ates Pension Photo, Kas, Turkey
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I spent three nights at Ates Pension, which came recommended to me by the owner of the pension where I stayed in Fethiye and was already on my radar as it was mentioned (but not particularly recommended) by a couple of guidebooks as a decent inexpensive place to stay. In general, that’s how I’d describe it, a clean, low-cost place to stay with access to a pool (across the street at a hotel owned by relatives of the Ates family), a beautiful breakfast area and lounge, and a quiet location. The family who runs the pension is helpful, friendly, and slightly pushy in terms of trying to get you to book tours through them. If you’re looking for a basic clean and inexpensive place to stay I’d recommend it...Read More

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Ates Pension
Yeni Camii Caddesi 3
Kas, Turkey
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Oba Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Oba Restaurant - My Best Restaurant Meal in Turkey"

Sunset Over Antiphellos Ruins Photo, Kas, Turkey
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One problem I have encountered in resort towns throughout the world is finding authentic (not to mention inexpensive) local food. Towns that depend on tourism obviously gear their culinary offerings to tourists and while Turkish cuisine is quite tasty, many Turkish restaurants geared to non-Turks both inside and outside Turkey simplify it to a range of meze and kebabs (strictly speaking, these are any type of meat dish, not just those on a skewer). What amazes me the most is that pide, boat-shaped flatbreads with raised edges cooked with some combination of meat, vegetables, egg, and cheese on top of them (and sometimes covered like an Italian-American calzone), that are sometimes described a...Read More

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Day Trip to Kekova

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Byzantine Ruins - Kekova Island Photo, Kas, Turkey
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Travel agencies advertise day trips to Kekova as the prime attraction near Kas. Personally, I found the trip hugely disappointing and would not recommend it.There are two ways to visit the Sunken City at Kekova, a collection of somewhat interesting Lycian Ruins that have slid the sea’s surface. The first is on a tour boat, although there’s quite a bit of variety in terms of price and itinerary. If possible, try to go on a glass-bottomed boat that will give you a better view of the Sunken City as you pass over it (you’re not allowed to stop). Also, if you’re prone to seasickness, you may wish to take a tour that drives to Ucagiz and then sets off by boat from there, as this itine...Read More

Day Trip to Kastelorizo

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Kastelorizo Harbor From The Boat Photo,
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It seems odd to say, but my favorite experience while staying in Kaş for me was being able to visit this Greek island, located a couple of miles offshore. Any number of boats at Kaş’s harbor offer this trip, usually leaving at 10 am and getting back to Kaş at 3 pm, allowing for 4 hours on the island. The trip takes 30 minutes each way and generally costs a hefty 40 TL (about US $27 or Eur 18), about the same as a daylong boat tour (with lunch) to the Sunken City at Kekova. You may be able (as I was) to haggle a captain down to 30 TL. Whatever you pay, be sure to buy water and other provisions you’ll need in Kaş as they’re 2-3 times as expensive in Kastelorizo. A good rule of thumb is that prices ...Read More