Kas

Explore the amazing old fishing town of Kas, which is steeped in history.

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Kas is an amazing old fishing town with an array of Roman architecture, tombs, amphitheatre and historical sites. Peppered with welcoming bars, restaurants, quirky shops, 'genuine fake' goods, handbags and watches.

The locals love to haggle despite their claims of selling everything at cost price and having 12 children to feed they never take offence so do your best and remember to say 'para yok' during the negotiations, it means i have little money and will get you a smile. If it's their first transaction of the day it's good luck to make a sale happen so a good time to shop. Quiet often you will see the traders rub the money on their face - an age old tradition to bring a prosperous day ahead.

The area has some of the best scuba diving in Turkey and there are plenty of PADI & CMAS approved instructors and numerous dive shops in and around the town for you to choose from. With a sunken WW2 tank and a Dakota plane there's plenty to see out there. 

Paragliding is available should you feel more adventurous. You will be taken by four wheel drive jeeps to the 1000 m summit of Asaz Mountain (visible from Dolphin & Turtle Bay villa sun terrace) your decent will take about 20 minutes encompassing spectacular scenery of both Turkey and Meis the Greek island before gently landing on the dry dock at Kas old marina. 

Kas has two marinas, the newest one is at the entrance to the Peninsula which you pass on your approach to the villas, here you can pop in for a full spa treatment, have lunch at the restaurants, shop in the supermarket or use the fresh water swimming pool. A perfect to spend the day relaxing with everything at your disposal. 

The old marina in the old town centre is where most daily trips start from. Traditional wooden gulet yachts will take you on variety of excursions, the sunken city of Kevova is highly recommended and a visiter favorite. Its a Sunken Roman City where after an earthquake in 100 AD the city was flooded & remains underwater to this day. You can still see the Roman stone steps rising out of the sea leading to the former family homes,. Most boats will have glass bottom viewing areas and the sites are amazing. Trips include island hopping with stopovers for swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing, lunch will be prepared on board and you're welcome to BYO drink.

Others trips include diving to wrecks including a sunken Dekota aircraft & a WW2 tank, or just snorkel and enjoy the beautiful Turkish sea life.

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Kas market every Friday is a great day out. All fruit, vegetables and spices are all grown locally on the farms and everything will be organic and picked that morning, the tastiest and healthiest you have ever eaten. Or have some fun haggling for your clothes, jewellery, Turkish delight, antiques etc.

A favourite of many is the olive soap trader who for about 2tl (25p) will sell you his organic soap bars which leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

Beach clubs are popular & found everywhere in Turkey & you can use these at your leisure. Nearly all are free to use but you will be expected to purchase your drinks, ice creams and snacks whilst there and will be waiter served, it's a lovely way to be spoilt and very reasonable in cost.

For a more unusual day out take a 30 minute drive to Patara beach. Here you will discover a huge 6000 seater Roman amphitheatre dated 106AD and many other Roman buildings along with lots of historic artefacts. Patara has a 12 km beach with talcum powder sand and shallow water with gentle waves, ideal for smaller children and sun worshipers.

Head along to the famous Esen river and hire a canoe where you take a 15 km paddle stopping to take in the natural beauty in particular the Caretta Turtles which are protected and well looked after. You will have to leave the beach by 19.00 to allow the turtles their own R&R time, fair enough.

Running alongside the old marina in Kas you can take a boat trip to the Greek island of Meis, a stunningly beautiful island. Trips leave at 10 am daily returning 16.30. On Wednesdays there is an evening trip from 18.00 returning 23.30 and is a very pleasant evening out. Don't forget to pick up your duty free while there.

Meis is a picturesque with an array of cafes, bars and restaurants and the trip makes for a nice day out. The cost for a return trip is €25 euro including taxes etc. To book call 00 90 242 836 1725 or email info@itbtravel.com Website www.itbtravel.com.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the villa and Kas.