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Kas, Turkey Travel Guide

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The small fishing village of Kas is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Sitting on a hillside with sheer imposing cliffs as a backdrop, Kas overlooks the crystal clear blue waters of the Mediterranean. The resort has a laid back atmosphere with narrow cobbled lanes and amazing views of the coastline and sea. For visitors looking for a bit more activity there are hiking, trekking and climbing opportunities in the mountains overlooking the resort.

The village has many restaurants and cafés serving freshly cooked fish and seafood, authentic dishes, meze, kebabs and a host of other types of cuisine. Nightlife is very quiet here. Evenings are usually spent relaxing with a nice meal or enjoying a drink in the cafés and pubs which serve alcohol. The seafront tavernas serve excellent meals of locally caught fish. Try some Turkish coffee on your package holidays to Kas but be careful as it does tend to be very strong.

The village is built on the former ancient Lycian town of Habesos which was renamed Antiphellos by the ancient Greeks. The ruins of a Greek amphitheater and the many rock tombs around the town are a reminder of the town's history.

Kas has three shingle beaches, Buyuk Cakil (Big Pebble Beach), Kucuk Cakil (Little Pebble Beach) and the white shingle beach at Kaputas. These beaches are not really suitable for beach holidays although they do offer crystal clear blue waters which are perfect for swimming and diving. However Kas is one of Turkeys top diving holiday destinations and has nine local diving centers. The clear blue waters of the Mediterranean are perfect for discovering shipwrecks, ruins of ancient civilizations and the many species of colorful fish. Non-divers can take a ride on the glass-bottom boat and marvel at the amazing marine life swimming below them. Kas offers a range of water sports including snorkelling, sea kayaking, parasailing and the ever popular banana boat rides. Take a cruise along the coastline for some dolphin spotting and a relaxing dip in the sea at one of the many coves.

The area surrounding Kas is steeped in history with many ancient ruins waiting to be explored. These include Phellos, Kandyba, Nisa, Istlada and Komba in the village of Gombe. Dating back to the 8th century BC are the ruins at Xanthos. Once the capital of Turkey these ruins are worth a visit on your last minute holidays to this amazing country.

Kas enjoys a typically sunny Mediterranean climate with a long summer season from April to November. During the peak summer season the resort enjoys temperatures in the low 30's with 12 hours of sunshine a day. May and October are the best months for walking in the mountains as the temperature is around the mid 20's. But with more than 300 hours of sunshine a year, Kas is the perfect destination at anytime.

Source by Emma Healey

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