Kas (pronounced Kash) is one of the cutest coastal towns in Turkey. Even though it’s pretty tiny, it offers some stunning bays with crystal clear water, great food, and a wide selection of boat tours and other activities. There’s something for everyone, so here are our top things to do while there.
Top things to do in Kas
1. Wander around the old town of Kas
Kas is a small and beautiful town with cute streets full of souvenirs, flowers and greenery, and all kinds of decorations. It also has some of the cutest restaurants we saw while road tripping the Turkish coast.
Make sure to stroll around, check some of the many shops (perfect place for shopping for summer clothes), and just enjoy the relaxing vibe of the town.
2. Grab a drink or ice cream at Kas Square
Kas Square is a small area that overlooks the town’s harbor. It’s a perfect spot to sit down, grab a drink or an ice cream, and cuddle some of the dogs that chill there.
3. Enjoy the sunset at the Amphitheater
The Amphitheater of Kas is one of the top places to watch the sun go down. It’s unique, as it overlooks the sea and Kas town. The entrance is free, and as it’s only a few minutes away from Kas Square, expect it to be crowded (especially during the sunset). It’s also used for events sometimes.
Droning tip: If you try to drone there during the sunset, someone might call the police. That’s what happened to someone when we were there, so we, unfortunately, avoided putting our drone up there.
4. Relax at Kaputas beach, one of Turkey’s most beautiful beaches
Kaputas beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey. It’s formed by a gorge that opens out into a stretch of sand. The viewpoint of the beach is also a must-do before climbing down the stairs to get to the beach.
The beach has everything you need: chairs with umbrellas (for a reasonable, small fee), toilets, showers, changing rooms, and a restaurant/bar.
It’s about a 30-minutes drive from Kas, and the easiest way to reach it is by car or scooter. However, as Kaputas is one of the top beaches in the area and a tourist attraction in itself, make sure to arrive early to reserve your spot.
Some other great beaches in Kas and around are:
- Küçük Çakıl Plajı
- Büyük Çakıl Plajı
- Inceboğaz Beach
- Limanagzi Beach
Travel tip: Plajı means the beach if you want to search for some more of them on Google maps.
5. Watch the sunset at Kas harbor
Kas Harbor is another excellent spot to watch the sunset. Head over to the rocks along the path towards the lighthouse, and enjoy the peacefulness.
6. Explore the turquoise waters of Kas by a boat tour
Kas is a perfect starting point for many boat tours, and whichever you choose, the fun is guaranteed. We chose the Shared Kekova Boat Tour with Captain Ergun and had a fantastic time.
There are also many snorkeling and diving tours available, and it’s something we’d love to do next time.
Travel tip: Most of these tours are full-day ones, so plan your time in Kas accordingly.
Book your Shared Kekova and Sunken City Tour From Kas Harbor (with lunch)
7. Go paragliding
Kas is another famous spot for paragliding in Turkey, although it’s not as popular as Oludeniz. Nevertheless, it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that we’d highly recommend it. The take-off point in Kas is at the height of 650 meters on the foothills of Asas mountain.
Book your Tandem Paragliding in Kas
8. Kas panorama and viewpoints
Head out to one of the many viewpoints above Kas to get a better perspective of the beautiful bay and surrounding area.
We only managed to check out the Kas Panorama (📍 Kas panorama).
If we had more time, we would make sure to hike for about 40 minutes to the “Sleeping Giant” cave above Kas (📍 Sleeping Giant, Kas) because it looks incredible from the photos that people posted!
9. Hike a part of The Lycian way
The Lycian Way is a marked long-distance trail that stretches from Fethiye to Antalya and also passes by Kas. Altogether it’s around 500 kilometers in length. The trail follows the coast of ancient Lycia and offers some of the most amazing views.
Of course, hiking the whole trail is not for everyone, but you can walk a small part in each of the coastal cities on the route, including Kas. So we’d recommend it if you like chasing amazing views.
Day trips from Kas
Trek the Saklikent Gorge in Saklikent National Park
The Saklikent Gorge is one of the deepest canyons in the world! The gorge is about a 1 hour and 10 minutes drive from Kas, and it’s well worth the trip. The scenery is absolutely stunning, so don’t miss out on this unique attraction!
Even though it’s 18 km long, you can only explore around 4 km of it. The first part of the path (very short) is on a wooden boardwalk, and in the second part, you walk through ankle-deep water. Although the water can get up to knee-deep, depending on the season you visit.
Travel tip: Even though you can rent out their rubber shoes, we suggest taking your own. Maybe take something you don’t feel that much sorry for or that can survive walking through water and clay/mud. Our regular semi-hiking shoes were fine, though.
Ticket price: around $1 per person
Book your Saklikent Gorge Jeep Safari Tour
Day trip to Patara, the longest beach in Turkey
Patara beach is the longest beach in Turkey, and it’s surprisingly still not built out, but what makes it so unique are the sand dunes and the nearby ancient city of Patara.
And not just that, this is also one of the last few beaches in the world where endangered Caretta sea turtles still lay eggs. That’s why this area is also a protected National Park.
The Patara beach is about a 1-hour drive from Kas, and make sure you plan for at least 4 hours there, so you have enough time to enjoy it. Unfortunately, we only made a short stop as we arrived very late.
Time to see turtles: between May to October
Admire the Lycian Rock Tombs of Tlos
Tlos Ruins are one of the less-visited of the area, so they’re perfect for anyone who wants to avoid the crowds and still want to see some beautiful ruins.
The tombs are located on a hill overlooking the village of Tlos. The Lycians built the graves in the 4th century BC, and they’re a fascinating example of Lycian architecture. Make sure you plan for at least half an hour to an hour at the tombs so that you can explore them properly!
The drive from Kas to the Rock Tombs of Tlos takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes and is a scenic one, and you can get some great views.
Price: about $1.5 per person
Opening hours: 09:00-20:00
Day trip to Pamukkale
Pamukkale is a fascinating natural wonder in Turkey and is easily reachable from Kas. You can make a day trip there by car or go on a tour, and it should take you around 3 to 4 hours to get to Pamukkale from Kas. You can explore its incredible white travertines and hot springs, as well as bathe in the pools or stroll around the ancient city of Hierapolis.
How many days to spend in Kas
You should spend at least 2 to 3 full days in Kas if you’d like to explore Kas and the area around entirely.
Where to stay in Kas
Kas is quite a small town, and there aren’t many accommodations to choose from. So make sure to book ahead if you want a specific one. We stayed at White House Butik hotel, a few minutes walk from the square. The rooms were relatively small but cute, and we had a nice view from the balcony.
Book your stay: Kas Hotels
Where to eat in Kas
Kas has a lot of great restaurants, and it also has a few fantastic vegetarian/vegan ones. Our favorite one was Pisekar Vegan Food. It has good food, nice portions, and pretty reasonable prices. Make sure to try their fantastic chocolate cake!
Another place we recommend is Bunbun Kas. It’s not a vegetarian one, but it has vegetarian/vegan options. Their specialty is the steamed bun which reminds us of our time in Vietnam and the endless Banh Bao (steamed buns) we ate there.
Oburus Momus is one of the top recommended restaurants here, but it didn’t work the day we wanted to visit. It gets super busy, so make sure to make a reservation a day before.
How to get there?
Kas is reachable by either flying into Antalya Airport, which is approximately 3 hours away, or Dalaman Airport, about 2 hours and 20 minutes away. In addition, you can drive to Kas along the coastline between Fethiye and Antalya. You can also take a bus from either of those locations.
Which part of Kas are you the most excited for? 🙂