KAS - Antiphellos

Kas- the marriage of beauty and the deep blue eyed Mediterranean Sea. In Kas, the center of the historic Lycian Region, the Taurus Mountains embrace the sea as they continue to the great depths of the Mediterranean Sea. The area is rocky all around and this helps to keep the bay crystal clear.

Kas is a small historical town on the south coast of Turkey. It was one of the most important marine cities and wine production sites of the Lycian civilization and is now surrounded by rock tombs and ruins of the ancient city Antiphellos.

Right across Kas, there is the Greek Island Nisos-Costellorizon . It is only 3 miles away from Kas. There are daily excursions by boats to Nisos-Costellorizon and also to another antique city of Lycian Civilization called the Kekova Island.

Once you decide to come to Kas, you must arrange your flight to Dalaman or Antalya Airports. Kas is right between the two airports. 150 km. from Dalaman and 180 km. from Antalya airport .

Kas is a lovely town surrounded on three sides by mountains. In Kas you can hire a water taxi to take you to a favourite bay, cave or beach along the coast. The swimming and diving are excellent in the clear cool waters around Kas.

Kas was once the site of an ancient city Antiphellos. Today the only remains of this Lycian city are the rock-cut tombs and sarcophagi. You can wander through the streets stopping to examine the souvenir shops that offer Turkish handicrafts, leather goods, silver items, cotton clothing and handmade carpets. After shopping, stroll along the flower-lined Akdeniz Promenade or relax under the shade of a palm tree. There are many bars and restaurants in Kas that offer plenty of night life.

The mountains which surround the town provide their share of activities and sights. You can walk through forested hills to visit remote villages and ancient ruins. If you are prepared you can attempt to scale the highest peak in the area, Mt. Kizlar Sivrisi (3,086 metres).

On a rise between the open sea and the hill, which was probably the acropolis of the ancient city, lies a rock tomb formed like a Doric structure with Doric triglyphs on the facade. Inside the tomb is to be found a frieze of dancing female figures. The acropolis was surrounded by a fortified wall, of which traces are to be seen on the facade facing the island of Meis (Kastellorizon). No traces of fortifications are to be seen on the northern or western slopes. To the west of the modern town stands the ancient theater overlooking the sea. This structure possesses a remarkable view. It was constructed of local limestone and today the tribunes and outer walls are still visible although no trace of the skene is left. On the western edge of the acropolis are traces of a temple. Tombs of the Roman period are scattered about the town and along the coast.