Turkey is a well known and well travelled holiday destination, its popularity having grown a lot in the past few years. From working in the retail travel industry, I know the main resorts to go, the popular beaches, and the party towns. But there is one little secret I’ll always keep to myself: the gorgeous little fishing town of Kaş!
Set in the Antalya province, on the Turquoise Coast and surrounded by mountains and endless sea, with its Mediterranean climate and unspoilt by tourism, it’s a little slice of heaven.
I’m lucky enough to have travelled there many times, with family and with friends, as my parents have a little villa there, with lemon and lime trees growing in the backyard and stunning panoramic views over the sea and mountains!
In the summer time, I spend my days relaxing by the pool gazing over the mountains, with the occasional trek down to the sea to swim out to the platform, where it’s possible to spot sea-turtles…as well as jellyfish, as we found out once! If we’re feeling a bit more active, we do the coastal walk around the Peninsula, where the views are literally postcard-perfect!
Every Friday is the local market – where the freshest fruit and veg is on display, along with freshly baked bread, spices, clothes, Persian rugs, local souvenirs and a few pancake stands to stop off at for a re-fuel! It’s really worth a visit.
There are several beaches not too far away, Patara beach being the longest one, stretches of white sand for miles! There are a couple of others along the coast where you walk down the steps from the cliff road and find the most gorgeous secluded cove and shallow turquoise waters. There are also so many Turkish gulet trips you can do – I do love a good boat day! Last year, we went for a day tour around the peninsula, with snorkeling stop offs throughout the day, where we spotted turtles, sunbathed on the top deck and had barbecued fresh fish for lunch – it was a perfect day!
Usually once or twice during the week I’m there, I visit the nearby holiday town of Kalkan which is really fun but a lot more touristy than Kaş! In the daytime, divide the day between the gorgeous little beach at the end of the town and the shops and cafés of the hilly town, wandering through the alleyways and backstreets and visiting the market as well. Spend the evening people-watching with a cocktail and a shisha pipe in hand at one of the bars or restaurants along the seafront!
Another amazing day trip you can do is to the Greek island of Meis, just an hour’s ferry away and visible from Kaş peninsula! It is a gorgeous little island with hardly any inhabitants and a real authentic Greek feel – it felt strange to be suddenly in another country after just an hour on a boat! Spend the day walking around the island’s coast, taking probably an hour to walk the entire thing, stopping off every so often for a swim and a snorkel – although there wasn’t much to see!
Back in Kas, most evenings we catch the local dolmus bus down to the village and eat in one of the local restaurants…Everyone who I’ve ever been with loves the Turkish food – flatbread with haydari yogurt, olive oil and tomato and chilli dip mezes, shisha lamb kebabs, aubergine stews, pides (Turkish pizzas) and finished off with Turkish tea and baklava for desert! I could literally eat that food everyday and never get bored of it! For a tiny fishing village, Kaş does have an amazing nightlife. Not as in crazy, buzzing, loud nightlife – but a really great collection of places to drink – from tiny jazz bars to rooftop bars with views over the harbour to boho shisha and cocktail bars where you feel like you’re sat in a jungle (and you get bitten like you are too…)
Kaş really is a little gem to escape to and I cannot wait to go back!!