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Kaş is a colourful little city in southernmost Turkey. It’s a great spot for exploring the archaeological treasures of the surrounding region, and while its beaches aren’t sandy, its rocky coves and rock shelves offer great opportunities for ocean swimming and underwater adventures. It is a great value destination and some of the best places to stay in Kaş have room rates which start from around £20 per night.
There’s not too much to see within Kaş proper, though there are some lovely little cafes, bars and restaurants. But just to the west of the old town you’ll find the Çukurbağ Peninsula, which is known for its Lycian rock tombs, the ancient city of Antiphellos and its wonderfully preserved ancient theatre which dramatically overlooks the ocean.
As well as being popular with divers, snorkelers and those fascinated by the ancient world, Kaş is also a great place to try sea kayaking. But if you’re not quite up to that you can still enjoy the views from the water, on one of many boat trips on offer. Kaş is also a great choice for cyclists, walkers and paragliders.
Kaş is also one of the best places to shop on the Turkish Riviera. Head to the long market, also known a ‘slippery street’ for a shopping experience famously high on quality and low on tourist tat.
Don't forget that the town is incredibly busy during the peak summer months, so if you want to bag one of the best places to stay in Kaş you will need to book well in advance. Otherwise you could come in May, June, September or October, when there'll still be plenty of sun, but without the crowds.
For a beach break
- The Gardenia Boutique Hotel offers five star facilities and clean modern lines just moments from the seafront and all the major sights of town.
- The Mediterraneo is on Kastellorizo, the tiny Greek island just off the coast of Kaş, but it’s a great option if you’re looking for sea bathing and a quiet, colourful boutique hotel.
For superb value
Kaş is a great destination if you’re on a budget.
- The Hotel Begonvil is excellent value: a 15 room pension with all the mod. cons. in a choice of rooms, suites and self catering apartments, and rates starting at around £20 per night. Many rooms also have a balcony and you’re just moments from the harbour bars and restaurants.
- The Hideaway Hotel is another great value option. It’s a small, friendly guesthouse with 20 rooms and some great views, right on the outskirts of Kas. And the room rate starts at around £25 per night.
Best Hotels in Kas
Hideaway Hotel 19 rooms from $49Kas (Kas)
Small, friendly guesthouse with caring staff, great views and a small pool on the outskirts of bohemian Kas. Beautifully simple rooms with white washed walls decorated with tiles and local artefacts. Traditional cuisine served along with local wines. Ideal for completely unwinding.Hideaway - Enjoy organic meals on the terrace overlooking the rugged mountains and sea, or unwind in the library with a good book.Active Holiday - The hotel can organise a number of outdoor pursuits either by land or sea in the surrounding area.Great walks - There are miles of trails and tracks to wander in this stunning terrain, bring your dog and explore.Sights nearby - Check out the fascinating Lycian and Roman remains that scatter this ancient land.
Gardenia Boutique Hotel 11 rooms from $107Kas (Küçükçakıl Mevkii)
A modern hotel with epic views and unique stylish touches. Light airy rooms with contemporary artworks and large terraces overlooking the bay. Plenty to do in the area be it ruins or waterborne activities. A great choice for a chic seaside escape.Romantic Break - An elegant hotel with seafacing suites, within walking distance of restaurants and the crystal clear waters on the Med.Sights nearby - The ancient city of Antiphellos and its remains are spread all over Kaş, history buffs will love exploring this terrain.Diving - This is one of the best diving areas in Turkey, boasting clear waters and plenty of marine life.Great walks - There are miles of rugged countryside to be explored from this beachside property.
Hotel Begonvil 10 rooms from $94Kas (Kas)
Beautifully simple pension in Kas offering rooms and apartments. Contemporary meets traditional with exposed stone walls, crisp white linen and subtle splashes of colour. A pretty swimming pool and stunning coastal views. A spa for completely unwinding. Great for inexpensive beach life.Families - A cheap and cheerful family holiday, within walking distance of the beach, with self catering rooms, and a pool.Sailing - Take a boat trip to Kekova, the sunken town from the fourth century.Diving - Some of Turkey's best diving spots are situated on nearby beaches.Sights nearby - Visit Myra, the place of origin of St. Nicholas and his church.
Deniz Feneri Lighthouse 30 rooms from $151Kas (Beyhan Cenkçi Cd)
A truly remarkable hotel perched on a quiet peninsula on the Turkish coast. The effortlessly elegant interiors, with quaint individual details, exude a sense of calming luxury. The restaurant serves traditional meze and light Turkish dishes on the terrace overlooking the crystal clear waters below.Honeymoons - A getaway from it all honeymoone spot - deluxe villas with hot tubs and private pools, gourmet cuisine and breathtaking scenery.Local exploring - Head out and explore, with tonnes of walks and trials through the rugged countryside and only ten minutes from Kas town.Local markets - Walk or drive down to Kas and check out the shops, bars and sights on offer.Diving - Explore the area from a different angle and head out on a guided dive.