Ports

Kas - Turkey

The port of Kas, one of the oldest settlements in Lycia, is on the southestern corner of the Turkish mainland. Beautifully set in a curving bay surrounded by cliffs, with the Greek island of Katellorizo on the horizon, Kas was a sleepy fishing village until 1980. Now a cosmopolitan resort, holiday-makers swell the poulation in the summer and the harbour fills with charter boats although there is no good beach nearby. The modern town is built on the remains of the ancient port of Antiphellos dating back to the 4th century BC, the best preserved being a Hellenistic theatre. The rock-cut Myra tombs to the north east of the town include a Doric tomb and the impressive Lion Tomb; the hills behind were probably the acropolis of the ancient city. From here you can visit Kekova Island to see the sunken city, Simena for the castle, or neglected Apollonia for its superb necropolis. Further east near Demra are the remains of ancient Myra - but apart from a large theatre and some of the best Lycian rock rombs in the area, most of the city is still uncovered. To the west of Kas is the site of Patara, formerly a city and principal port for the ancient district of Lycia, Asia Minor. The site is only partially excavated but has an intact Roman gateway at its entrance, a necropolis, baths complex, temple, theatre and an overlooking acropolis. To the