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One of the most prominent tourist centres along the Gulf of Antalya, situated on its western shores, is Kaş. It lies prominently on the Teke peninsula and was known as Antiphellos in ancient times. Antiphellos means “Opposite of Phellos”. Antiphellos was a small harbour town tucked between the rising mountains and the sea. Known today as Kaş, it is a leading holiday destination that welcomes thousands of tourists from all over the world. Lying between Central and Western Lycia, Kaş is centrally located between Antalya and Muğla and is linked to Central Anatolia through Elmalı and Korkuteli. Once again the coastal road offers stunning views of the Mediterranean.

The imposing natural setting of Kaş, bordered by mountains and overlooking the island of Megisti and other islets strewn across the bay, is the most compelling reason why it is widely visited by local and foreign holidaymakers. Kaş and the surrounding areas, Kalkan to its west in particular, are one of the most popular places where foreigners in recent years have preferred to buy properties and settle down.

Nature and History of Kaş

The ruins of Simena and Theimiussa to the east as well as the sunken city of Kekova are popular with tourists and well worth the visit. The Lycian rock tombs and the medieval church of Dereağzı (Şeşeme) are just some of the sights enjoyed by history enthusiasts. Phelloswas an important town in Lycia and was established a few kilometers north of today’s Kaş. The vegetation,unspoilt nature, and historic villages that continue their ancient traditions, make Kaş a unique place.

A daytrip or a two-hour short trip will be enough to visit the surroundings. The Saklıkent Canyon, a national park straddling the border of Muğla province, is a natural attraction highly popular with tourists. The canyon is situated at the foot of the Akdağ Mountain, where the headwater of the ancient Xanthos River, known as the Kınık River today, springs forth.

Just a few kilometres to the west of Kaş lies the island of Megisti. Though it is only a stone’s throw away from the Anatolian mainland the island belongs to Greece. This has resulted in deep bonds of friendship between the peoples of Megisti and Kaş across the centuries.

Republic Day is a national holiday which is celebrated in Kaş with great enthusiasm. Many local tourists arrive on October 29 from all corners of Turkey to witness these festivities. On the evening of October 29, public officials and a large number of Greek citizens from the island of Megisti join in the celebrations which last until late into the night. Thus, the residents of this little Greek Island participate in the happiness of their Turkish neighbours.

Beaches in Kaş

Almost a hundred kilometers of uninterrupted sandy beaches extend along the coastline east of the Gulf of Antalya, while the western coastline is rugged. There are exceptions to this such as the famous Kaputaş Beach between Kaş and Kalkan which is towered by steep cliffs.

The Akçagerme Beach two kilometers west of Kalkan, and the sandy beaches of Liman Ağzı can only be reached by sea. The Büyük Çağıl and Küçük Çağıl beaches are popular destinations for daytrips. Starting from the west of Kalkan at Yeşilköy, the Gelemiş Beach extends more than 20 kilometers and the sand is of exceptional quality. The most important ruins of West Lycia such as Patara, Letoon andXanthos are located on this strip making it an essential stopover on every tourist's itinerary.

Myra, Andriake, Theimiussa, Simena, Kekova and similar ancient settlements to the east of Kaş have been intertwined with the sea since their establishment. The dramatic and rugged coasts of these areas and Kalkan to the west are outstanding locations for those who preferto swim among these unique rocky coves. The region of Kaş-Kalkan is not only one of the most famous major diving centres of Antalya, but of the whole Mediterranean region. The deep blue waters of the sea and the undisturbed underwater habitat attract an increasing number of divers each year.

The Blue Cave, located a few kilometers to the east of Kaputaş Beach between Kaş and Kalkan, can only be reached by sea and is a must-see which offers a visual feast to visitors.