All about KAŞ
Over the millennia Kaş has been known by many names including Antiphellos Habesos Habesa and Andifili.
"small is beautiful''
One that has stuck and perhaps the one that suits it best is Land of light. Its natural beauty together with the peaceful energy that permeates your being as you spend time here illuminates the truth of its title.
In the Christ IV the century Antiphellos was a small settlement, the harbor for Phellos which stood further into the mountains. In fact as it entered the Hellenistic period. The significance of Phellos weighed as Antiphellos came to the fore and this trend continued during the Roman period. Trade that consisted predominantly of Cedar wood felled in the surrounding forests as well as sponge meant that It assumed a new significance, no longer just the port of Phellos it grew into an independent and wealthy city in its own right. Drawing people with its historical treasures, blue skies and turquoise seas, Kaş has become a center for tourists who seek outdoor activities and culture.
The quality of the dive sites in Kaş together with the incredible underwater visibility found here has lead
to its prominence as a SCUBA destination in Turkey. The suitability of the sites for freediving and the crystal clear waters make it a great location for a freediving center too.
Kaş sits on the western portion of Turkeys Mediterranean coastline. The summers are hot and dry, the winters mild and wetter. In short it has a typical Mediterranean climate. The humidity is relatively lowcompared to other places in the area. In the winter months there is still so much sunshine thatbut you can still experience four seasons in one day. In the morning it might be sunny, a few hours later the wind brings rain clouds rolling in. As the weather cools with the storm you might remember that its winter, while overnight the rains gather into floods. They never stay long. Its one of the things that people who love in Kaş love the most the sunshine after the rain that bathes the freshened surroundings and all of a sudden the tea gardens are full with residents wanting to soak it all up.
The Geography of Kas
Kaş is at the very western tip of the Antalya region. Next door to Fethiye and the Muğla area it is one of the most beautiful regions of the Mediterranean coast It sits ant the most southerly point of the Teke peninsula at a latitude of 360 12 and longitude of 290 63. The Teke peninsula with the Gulf of Antalya to the east and the gulf of Fethiye to the west. It stretches southwards into the turquoise waters of the Med.owards the north stand the Toros mountains their peaks dotted with summer pastures, cedar and juniper trees and the lake district that marks the border of the region.In ancient times the peninsular was known as Likya, a name which is still used today. The name Teke comes from the times of the Selcuk dynasty.It covers an area of some 2,231km2 and divides the Fethiye and the Mugla region and also the Esencay region to the west and the Demre area to the east. To the north lies the Elmali area.Looking out from the Kas bay to the south and only about half an hour by boat is the greek island of Kostellorizo, also known as Meis.By road it is 189km to Antalya and 108km to Fethiye.
The sea at Kaş begins to warm in April and May and the swimming season then continues right through until winter. On sunny days in November and December you can still get into the water comfortably. Its not long to wait before the April rains draw back signifying the opening of the new season.The water around Kaş is generally cool because of fresh water springs which are found underwater in this area of the coast. Except for a few months during the winter this presents no obstacle to swimming and contributes to the notable clarity of the water.
How To Reach Kaş
The closest airports are located in Antalya and Dalaman. The distance to Antalya airport is 210km while Dalaman airport is 160km away.You can choose to make the journey on public transport or shared or private transfers from the airport, or by renting a car.f you choose to use public transport from DALAMAN you will take a Havas shuttle bus from the airport to Fethiye and then a minibus (dolmus) from Fethiye bus station to Kas . From Antalya you can take a Havas shuttle bus from the airport to the bus station, and from there take a dolmus which brings you on a winding but beautiful route along the coast to Kas
There are direct overnight buses to Kas from Istanbul. If you are somwhere else in Turkey and cant find a direct route from where you are you can usually make a connection in Fethiye.
If you wish to drive its 858km from istanbul The easiest way is to come via Afyon then Sandikli, Burdur town, Bucak, Korkutelli, and Elmali to arrive in Kas. This is the shortest route if you have a car and a spectacular one, winding through the mountains,If you prefer you can go to Antalya after Bucak and then follow the coast road west through Kemer and Finike to arrive at Kas. As a third option.You might also go from Istanbul to Fethiye and then via Kalkan to reach Kas.