Nature and History
The ruins of Simena and Theimiussa to the east as well as the sunken city of Kekova are popular with tourists and well worth the visit. The Lycian rock tombs and the medieval church of Dereağzı (Şeşeme) are just some of the sights enjoyed by history enthusiasts. Phelloswas an important town in Lycia and was established a few kilometers north of today’s Kaş. The vegetation,unspoilt nature, and historic villages that continue their ancient traditions, make Kaş a unique place.
A daytrip or a two-hour short trip will be enough to visit the surroundings. The Saklıkent Canyon, a national park straddling the border of Muğla province, is a natural attraction highly popular with tourists. The canyon is situated at the foot of the Akdağ Mountain, where the headwater of the ancient Xanthos River, known as the Kınık River today, springs forth.
Just a few kilometres to the west of Kaş lies the island of Megisti. Though it is only a stone’s throw away from the Anatolian mainland the island belongs to Greece. This has resulted in deep bonds of friendship between the peoples of Megisti and Kaş across the centuries.
Republic Day is a national holiday which is celebrated in Kaş with great enthusiasm. Many local tourists arrive on October 29 from all corners of Turkey to witness these festivities. On the evening of October 29, public officials and a large number of Greek citizens from the island of Megisti join in the celebrations which last until late into the night. Thus, the residents of this little Greek Island participate in the happiness of their Turkish neighbours.