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Kas • From Fishing to Favorite Tourism Town • Kaş Turkey
FROM A MODEST FISHING VILLAGE

TO A FAVOURITE TOURISM TOWN

Kaş is a little coastal town by the west of Antalya. Not so tiny in fact, the district has 5 counties, 48 villages and spans a very large area. Central town has 8.000 inhabitants and adding the villages, total number of citizens are around 50.000 Being a former fishing village, today the economy runs predominantly on tourism. With its rare turquoise waters, precious endemic plant specimens and ancient ruins, Kaş is among the best for travelers both within and from outside of Turkey. Despite the development in the last few years, Kaş is still considered to be the jewel of the Turkish Mediterranean due to its relatively difficult position for transportation.

Surrounded by ancient sites and historical treasures, it offers some amazing culture trips. It is among the top five diving destinations in the world. Tandem paragliding also offering amazing views of the turquoise waters is one of a kind experience.

WHEN TO COME?
Kas has a typical Mediterranean climate: hot, dry summers and mild rainy winters. April-May and September-October (even November) are ideal months if you prefer a less crowded, less scorching hot holiday. July and August are the most popular months due to the school holidays. While the weather in these months is especially hot and humid, the surrounding turquoise sea is appreciated even more during these months.
HOW TO COME?
If you wish to come by bus, there are direct bus lines from Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. Please check Pamukkale and Kamil Koç coaching companies. Apart from coming three big cities in Turkey, shuttles from either Antalya or Fethiye are available.

For flying to Kaş, we suggest you buy the tickets to Dalaman airport, 150 kms west of Kaş. It is closer than Antalya airport (220kms) and the roads are much better. Shuttles from Dalaman airport (www.muttas.com.tr) to Fethiye, then to Kaş by Batı Antalya minibus charters are available. If you wish, you could share direct transfers from Dalaman airport (www.transferbul.net).
TRANSPORTATION IN TOWN
Shuttle bus lines are available from the main square mosque to Buyuk Cakil (Big Pebble beach), Akcagerme, Gokseki, Hidayet Cove, the Kas peninsula, and the Cerciler neighbourhood. The time table is posted at the bus stop. Cukurbag is the only surrounding village with a direct bus line from town. It leaves from the bus station. Alternatively, private car and taxi options are always available.
Merkez Taksi: +90 242 836 1933
Liman Taksi: +90 242 836 1489
Cakil Taksi: +242 836 2448
A PAGE FROM HISTORY
The oldest known name for this unique holiday town is Habesos. Also known as Antiphellos after Hellenization, this ancient trading port is located at the crossroads between Carian and Lycian civilizations. Subjected to Macedonian rule under Alexander the Great, the town was then part of both the Seleucid and Ptolemiac dynasties. Antiphellos gained importance during the Roman Empire, and later became and apostolic center. Following the Arab invasion, the region became part of the Seljuk Empire, and acquired a new name: Andifli. During the reign of Bayazid I. the town became part of the Ottoman Empire.
SOME SUGGESTIONS
Every Friday, there is a farmer's market that takes place behind the bus station. Having a pancake (gozleme) breakfast there is somewhat of a Kas tradition.

For late-night snacks, head to the marketplace for "kokorec", or meatballs. There are also two well-known soup shops that are open until the early hours, Seckin and 2000. Both are located next to the mosque in the main square.