Information & Facts
With all the picturesque hillsides and breathtaking views over
the Turquoise Sea, it's no wonder paragliding is such a popular
activity in Kas. Other activities include scuba diving, sea
kayaking, banana boat rides, snorkelling, swimming and parasailing.
Jeep safaris are also a popular activity for more adventurous
travellers. A walk up to the castle provides a fantastic view of
the Aegean, and tehre are a number of interesting villages and
ruins in the area around the town.
Turkish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in the main tourist areas.
The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY), which was
introduced on 1 January 2005, whereby six zeros were dropped from
the TL and the sub-unit New Kurush was created. Currency can be
exchanged at banks, exchange booths, post offices, airports and
ferry ports; banks have the worst rates and highest commissions,
but will exchange lesser known foreign currencies. Banks open
mainly Monday to Friday, but some are open daily in tourist areas.
ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but
Turkish ATM keypads usually do not have letters of the alphabet on
their keys. Most bank branches have ATMs which accept Cirrus and
Plus. Major credit cards are widely accepted; the most popular are
Visa or MasterCard, but American Express is accepted in many of the
more expensive places. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at some
banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash
or credit cards. US dollars or Euros are preferred. Some pensions
and hotels in the most popular destinations accept US dollars as
The two main beaches in Kas, Buyuk cakil (Big Pebble Beach) and
Kücük cakil (Little Pebble Beach) are both shingled so many
visitors ted to visit the nearby beach of Patara.
When the sun sets on the fishing town of Kas, the streets come
to life with bars, clubs and cafés emitting warm glows of light,
laughter and local music. The romantic feel to the town makes it a
popular place for couples, meaning there are not as many trendy
dance clubs as other Turkish resorts and young singles should head
elsewhere if looking for a lively night out that extends to the
early hours of the morning.
Kas is home to a growing number of cafés, restaurants and
patisseries and visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to
dining out. Boasting all kinds of cuisine from Mediterranean, fresh
local seafood and meze (similar to Spanish tapas), eating out in
Kas is a culinary experience to remember and one that will linger
on your taste buds for hours afterwards.
Contrary to popular belief, haggling is not common practise in
Kas but visitors will be pleased to know that shop owners cannot
hassle tourists or they face losing their license. With plenty of
good shopping available, travellers will be have to sift through
the dozens of carpet shops, souvenir stalls and counterfeit
sportswear to find the true gems. Little boutiques selling tools,
hand-carved artefacts, local silver and gold jewellery and plenty
of Turkish kilims (hand-woven rugs) are the best places to shop in
Kas and one need only look past the usual tourist tat to find some
of the best buys in Kas.