Kas is a small town so it won’t take you long to see every corner of it; on top of that, you can arrange trips to places in nearby areas, or take up numerous sport activities Kas has on offer.
Kas itself doesn’t really have a proper beach, but many hotels or restaurants situated on waterside have swimming platforms and provide sunbeds and umbrellas so you can go for that if you don’t fancy arranging a trip to nearby beaches. If you stay at Ates Pension you can use Leymona beach, situated a couple of metres away from the pension. Other beaches in and out of Kas are:
• Kucuk Cakil Beach (marked A on the map) – is a small pebble beach not too far away from the town centre. There are two terraced restaurants surrounding the beach and overlooking the sea, and you can walk there within minutes, but, because it’s small, it can get busy at times.
• Buyuk Cakil Beach (marked B on the map) – is a big pebble beach outside of the city centre ( about 1,5 km away); you can walk there or take a taxi, though I’m not able to say how much it would cost – looking at the distance, it wouldn’t be more than TL 5-10, I’d imagine. Buyuk Cakil beach has restaurants and cafes, and you can use sunbeds and umbrellas if you buy food or drink.
• Liman Agzi Beaches (marked C on the map) – a string of 3 beaches about 3kms away from Kas, and you get there by water taxi which has frequent departures from Kas marina, and costs TL 12 for a return trip. You need to come to the marina, pay for your trip, wait until there are enough passengers and then board the boat. You can then hop off on any of the 3 beaches, and come back the same way. Each beach has restaurants and cafes and you can use sunbeds and umbrellas.
• Kaputas Beach (marked A on the map below) – this beach is a hidden little gem on the road between Kas and Kalkan. Getting there means arranging your own transport or taxi, as it’s a 30 mins drive from Kas. I found information on trip advisor that you can get there by mini bus (dolmus), though am not able to confirm that, as I’ve not had a chance to go to this beach, I’ve only seen it from a bus window on my way to Fethiye. The beach is small and sandy, and really looks like a perfect spot to get away from other commercial beaches, as there are no cafes, restaurants or too many tourists; it also means no facilities, though. I never knew about this place before travelling to Fethiye, otherwise I would have arranged a lazy day on sand; what is most appealing is the fact that it’s a small string of sand breaking monotonous rocky cliffs, and if you’re lucky enough to have your own car, you can stop at a small off-road parking, and walk some 200 steps down to the beach, have a swim and relax in an idyllic scenery.
Here’s some ideas of how you can spend a day in Kas. You will find more information in numerous internet forums, or travel guides.
• Sea kayaking – there are plenty of sea kayaking offers in Kas; most of the companies have their stands in the harbour, so it’s just enough to go there and talk to tour operators, and you can negotiate price. The owner of the pension we stayed in (Ates Pension) had his own kayaking company, and offered one day kayaking trips for TL70.
• Kastellorizo boat trips – Kastellorizo, otherwise known as Meis, is a small Greek island off the Turkish coast. You can get to this picturesque place by a ferry – return trip will cost you about TL45 – 50, and will take 15 to 20 mins. Ferry tickets can be bought directly from tour operators in the marina; fare excludes food and drinks, and when you arrive in Meis remember to change your currency to Euro.
There is an option to buy a trip to a blue cave from the island of Meis – as we were told, it would cost TL10 for a water taxi which would take you from the Kastellorizo harbour to the cave, where you would have some time to swim to and from the cave. I cannot confirm whether it’s worth it or not, as we haven’t done the blue cave in Kas, though it looked very impressive on promotional materials that tour operators handed out.
Apart from sea kayaking and Kastellorizo excursions, Kas has many more trips and activities to offer, ranging from trips to Pamukkale, to scuba diving and paragliding.