Places to Visit

Kalkan (Kalamaki)

Kalkan, a neighborhood of Kaş, is 29 km away from Kaş. It is located on the shore of a beautiful bay. It attracts thousands of tourists every year with its hotels, hostels, restaurants and shopping zones. The architectural structure and urban texture of Kalkan have not been deteriorated too much. The marina meets all the needs of the visiting boats. Known as Güvercinlik Sea Cave due to its large number of pigeons, the cave is 2 km away from Kalkan and the cave can be reached by boats.

Saklıkent is 60 km away from Kaş. Saklıkent Canyon, a natural wonder, is reached by crossing a wooden 100-meter length bridge. There are restaurants and trout farms serving in the canyon. The length of the canyon is 18 km and its 6 kilometers is very suitable for walking. It is an ideal place for those who want to escape from the summer heat, swim in thw cold waters and relax under the great plane trees.

Antiphellos

The main works that have been survived from the ancient city to the present day are tombs carved into the rocks in the north of the city and Lycian sarcophagi scattered on all sides. The most magnificent of the sarcophagi is the Lycian Inscribed Mausoleum (4th century BC), which is located on Uzun Çarşı Street and is called the King's Tomb among the people. One of the important artifacts found in Antiphellos is Kas Antique Theater (1st century BC). The building, which has a capacity of 4000 people, is AD 2. century was repaired. The theater which consists 26 steps, has no stage and the most important feature of the building is that it is the only theater in Anatolia with a sea front.

In the north-east of the theater there is a house-type tomb belonging to that century in a dor type called Akdam. The building was made by cutting natural rock. It is 3.5 meters high and there are 24 girl figures holding hands while dancing.

On the Hastane Caddesi, there is a Temple and he outer face of it was built using neat cut stone. It has been determined that the foundation stones of the building are from the Roman Period. In addition, the Water Cistern from the Lycian era can be seen at the entrance of the marina.

Patara (Gelemiş)

Patara is 45 km away from Kaş. This ancient city is spread over a wide area on the east side of the harbor. The city and its port are about 3 km long at the entrance of the long valley. Patara Harbor took its present appearance when it was filled with alluvium brought by Xanthos (Eşen) Stream.

Herodotus mentions the name of the city for the first time. According to the legend, Patara is the birthplace of the founder of the city who were the water nymph Lykia and Apollo. For now, the history of the city is BC. VI. and until the 5th century. The city also gained an important position in the Byzantine Period because it is Saint-Nicholas Patara, who is known as "Santa Claus". Saint Paul, one of the apostles of Jesus, got on the ship from Patara to go to Rome and Patara became the episcopal center in the Early Christian Period.

While entering Patara, you can see the Lycian type Roman period tombs on the road. At the entrance there are the ruins of the Triumphal Arch, the submerged Harbor Church with three naves and the Hurmalık Bath.. 100 m away of it there is a road guide showing the distance between Lycian cities which was found in the last excavations. The guide is the oldest and most comprehensive road sign of the world's highways. Vespasianus Bath located in the ancient city was built in AD 69-79. If you follow the path next to the bath, you will reach Patara's marble-paved main street. Beyond the street, the wide walls of the Byzantine Castle are encountered. There is the Corinth Temple to the east of this castle and the Byzantine Church at the west end.

Patara Theater (2nd century BC) was established on the foot slope and has an estimated capacity of 10,000 people. The parts of the theater covered with sand were cleaned and after that, the structure was exposed. Archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Patara has been continuing.

Patara Beach, 18 km. length (the narrowest 280m. widest part of 1500 m. reaching measure) and is the longest sandy beach in Turkey. Patara beach, declared as a "Special Environmental Protection Area" by the Ministry of Environment, is a breeding ground for Caretta-Caretta sea turtles. In the region, measures of precaution are meticulously applied in order to maintain the ecological environment of turtles during the breeding periods of Caretta-Caretta.

In Patara, which is a very touristic region, there are many accommodation facilities such as hotels, motels, pensions, shopping centers and restaurants where delicious local dishes are served. In addition, greenhouse cultivation has also made great progress.

Xanthos

It is located in Kinik district which is 45 km away from Kas. Established on the east coast of Eşen Stream and it is the capital of the Lycian Union. Surface finds obtained from the acropolis of the city reveal that the settlement date goes back to the 8th century BC.

The first researches in the ancient city were carried out by the British Charles Fellows in 1838 and unfortunately, the magnificent tomb monuments, the Nereids Monument, the Harpy's Monument, the Payave sarcophagus, the Lion Tomb, were smuggled into the British Museum.

The city walls were repaired in the Roman and Byzantine Periods and strengthened with various additions.

In the south, there is a door dating back to the second century BC. Behind this door is the Triumphal Arch belonging to Emperor Vespasianus In the southwest there is the Lycian Acropolis, where the city was first established. The remains of a temple thought to belong to Artemis and a Byzantine Church are found in the acropolis. A magnificent monastery draws attention in the Roman Acropolis to the north. The theater belongs to the Roman Period and is dated to the 2nd century.

Felen Plateau (Phellos): It was established on the Felen Plateau, 12 km away from Kaş and located on the hills. Phellos was a very significant city in the fourth century BC. The city of Antiphellos was the port of Phellos. Some of the walls surrounding the city of Phellos are still standing.

A sarcophagus decorated with reliefs in the city, other sarcophagi belonging to the fourth century BC, and house-type rock-cut tombs surround the city.

Gömbe

It is 68 km away from Kas, on the Elmalı road. Along the way, forests covered with pine and cedar trees seem to try to hide the villages. Gömbe is a plateau which is famous for its cold waters and apple orchards. The accommodation centers serving for touristic purposes will help you to integrate with the nature, the taste of traditional dishes which are prepared from the scented herbs of the region. The highest mountain of the region is Akdağ (3024 meters). Yeşilgöl and Uçarsu are ideal places with cool and clean air for those who want to escape from the summer heat and take nature walks. The region is famous for its ice cream and snow sherbet made with snow which is collected from the mountains.

Belenli (Isinda)

It was established on the hill near Belenli Village, which is 13 km away from Kaş. Isinda is a small Lycian city and it is surrounded by walls. Two house-type tombs with Lycian inscriptions in the middle of the acropolis in the city are interesting. In addition, many rock tombs and Lycian-type sarcophagi belonging to the Roman period have been survived hitherto.

Bezirgan (Pirha)

It is an important highland village. The Pirha ruins are reached by a 20-minute walk from the village. The ancient city was established at an altitude of 850 meters from the sea. There are many rock tombs and their directions are towards the sea. The sarcophagi are lined up scattered. Many sculptures and reliefs have been found and are exhibited in the Antalya Museum.

Sütlegen (Nisa)

It is 60 km away from Kas. It is an important highland village. The ruins are 15 minutes away from the village. Neiseus, the name of the city in Lycian, is written on the wall of the theater. In Nisa, there are historical ruins from Lycia and Roman times. On the front facades of some sarcophagi, figures of spears, shields, men and women were found. The ancient city has an Agora and theater. Coins minted during the Lycian Union Period are exhibited in the Antalya Museum.

Aperlai (Sıçak İskelesi)

It is on the Sıçak Peninsula, at Sıçak Pier. You can reach here by boats from Kaş or Üçağız. Or it can be reached by foot from Sahilkılınçlı village. The history of Aperlai, a Lycian port city, is one of the uncovered coins. V. Or IV. It is understood that it descends until the century. It is possible to see the walls surrounding the city by the sea. There are three arches, the remains of a church and many sarcophagi. Some tomb remains and dock remained in the sea as a result of earthquakes.

Apollonia (Sahilkılınçlı)

It is an important Lycian city from the Lycian period on the Kekova road. It is 22 km away from Kas. According to the ruins, BC. IV. It was founded in the 21st century. The city was built on a cliff resembling the letter L. Some of the walls surrounding the city have survived. Lycian sarcophagi, Byzantine church, theater, the remains of a bath and a cistern are above the ground.

The ancient city of Corba, located in the Gökçeyazı district of our district, is from the Lycian period. There are many Lycian sarcophagi, water wells and ancient walls in the city. It is an ancient city that provides logistical support to the nearby ancient city of Kyenai.

Dirgenler Dereağzı Şişama Kilisesi

Our district is in Dereağzı of Dirgenler district. Although some parts of the church have been destroyed, some parts have survived. Its architecture is very interesting. The church was built in the 6th century. There are findings that the 9th and 10th century Lycia was the most important church of Myra during the Lycian period. Simple-built sarcophagi and rock-cut sarcophagi are interesting.

Kyenai (Yavuköy)

The ancient city of Kyenai, located near Yavuköy on the highway to Demre, is an ancient city from the Lycian period. Some parts of the walls surrounding the city are still standing. There are sarcophagi from the Lycian period. There is a theater with 25 sitting rows. Kekova is visible from the hill.

Üçağız (Theimussa)

It is within the borders of our Demre. It is 35 km away from Kas by highway. It goes back to the B.C IV. There are ancient artifacts such as Lycian sarcophagi, watchtower and church.

Kekova (Batıkşehir)

It can be reached by boats from Üçağız. Tersane Bay on the island is interesting. It is located on the Batıkşehir Kekova island. Swimming and diving is prohibited in the sunken city. You can see the ancient artifacts found in the submarine and on land while passing over the sunken city with boats. It is estimated that the ancient city was flooded with the rise of the water as a result of the earthquakes.

Simena (Kaleköy)

Transportation to Kaleköy, which was built on the historical ancient city of Simena, is only possible by boats. The old history and the new history are intertwined here.The sarcophagus in the sea is almost like the symbol of Simena. The castle used in the Middle Ages is reached by means of a path and stairs. It is possible to see the traces of different periods in the castle. The view of the island of Kekova, other islands and small bays, which is just opposite the castle, is very beautiful. There are 7 seating rows carved into the natural rock and a 300-seat theater in the castle. Also; There are sarcophagi, wall, baths and church ruins spread all over the city.

Demre

It is 48 km away from our town of Kas. Myra Ancient City, St. Nicholas Church and Andriake harbor are here. The Lycian Museum, which was opened for service, can also be visited.