A small unspoiled Turkish tourist town nestled on a hill leading down to the Mediterranean sea, Kas is well known for its laid back vibe. It’s a gorgeous place with long, hot, dry summers, orange groves, hillsides that produce honey and almonds and pine forests in the higher hills.
Pretty idyllic, all in all. As would be expected, tourism is the main source of income to the area.Tourists have been flooding to Kas since the early 1990s, mainly from Germany and the UK.
The town of Kas is pretty, quiet and really nice to visit, with narrow streets and views of the blue, blue sea. Loads of guest houses, hotels and cafes are on hand for visitors. But as well as its quiet side, Kas is also extremely popular with people after rather a more adventurous holiday and is particularly well known as a scuba diving hub. In fact, with more than 15 diving centres, it’s one of the most popular and well regarded diving towns in Turkey.
Whether you’re experienced or not, there is a diving experience for you and you could have the chance to visit one of the various wreck sites in the area, for an underwater experience you won’t forget in a hurry. Various artificial wrecks have been sunk to form reefs and tourist diving areas and there are also two historically important wrecks nearby – one is an plane from World War II and one is a cargo ship which sank in the 1950s.
Even if you have no diving experience, you can still enjoy some diving as one of the instructors at one of the many dive schools will allow you to have a safe, enjoyable experience. As well as diving, there are many other adventurous sports to enjoy in Kas, and these also bring in many people from Europe, either on group holidays or independent travelers. You could try sea kayaking, mountain biking, trekking and canyoning in the Kibris Canyon, to name but a few.
The town itself is home to just over 7,000 residents and has many areas of natural beauty to explore, as well as a fascinating historical heritage, including a Hellenistic theatre. Underwater caves are a fascinating addition to the possible adventures to explore, and there’s even an underwater sculpture of a shark to see underwater. It’s sculpted by artist Kemal Tuan.
When you’re exhausted from all the diving there are plenty of beautiful beaches to laze about on, while recovering your strength, perhaps in preparation for a hike in the mountains beyond the town.
If you fancy an excursion away from Kas, then Kekova island nearby has some truly fantastic bays to explore, with ancient ships and cities under the sea following various destructive earthquakes over the centuries. The sea is so crystal clear that you can actually see some of the buildings in detail from a boat above. The area is also ideal for sea kayaking or just swimming, if you want a simple option!
If you’re looking for the perfect mix between relaxation and adventure, along with beautiful scenery, lovely weather and fabulous beaches, then Kas has everything you could want. Check out Monarch Holidays for a range of great options for your next trip.