Kaş is a really pretty place to visit. We love going there – and we’re there quite a lot because we do our visa trip from there most of the time. From Fethiye, you can drive there or go by bus; either way, the journey is amazing as you will go along the D400 which passes through the XanthosValley (still one of our favourite places in Turkey) and then becomes the coastal road that winds along the mountainside Mediterranean coast. The road eventually passes above Kalkan (see photo above) and numerous stunning bays, the most famous of these being Kaputaş Beach. White sand, turquoise sea, sheer cliff faces. You’ve just got to take your time when you’re driving there – get out of the car and take some photos. It seems a waste to rush the journey.
Kaş was formerly a Greek town and this is obvious in the old centre. Small, ornate balconies wrapped in decorative wrought iron, cascading fuchsia-pink bougainvillea and restaurants with blue-painted window frames.
The photo below is of a restaurant where we sometimes sit for a drink because it’s very pretty, rickety and has amazing views over the bay. We can’t remember the name of it off the top of our heads but it’s at the top of a steep cobbled street near the Lycian sarcophagus. Our favourite bar though is a tiny little cosy place called Eski Ev on the main square.
As for eating out in Kaş, well if you’re like us and permanently on a budget, you’ll be on the lookout for yummy Turkish street food or a lokanta. This is no easy task in Kaş but our noses are well trained now and we can always sniff some out somewhere. A few streets back from the harbour is the market and fish area. There’s a tiny balık ekmek (fish sandwich) place there with only two tables and he makes amazing whiting sandwiches, calamari, mussels and a few other seafoods. Four of us ate there recently. We all had a fish half-bread each and shared a plate of fried mussels and a plate of calamari, all served with rocket salad. It was all beautifully cooked and cost us 30TL (about £12) between the four of us. Now that’s what we love about being in Turkey!
Fethiye to Kaş is 2 and a half hours by bus (12 lira each way) or 1and a half to 2 hours by car (depending on how fast you drive and how many tractors you get stuck behind and how many photos you take.)
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