Historical Sights

The Kas area lies right in the heart of the old land of Lycia. Kas itself was formelly known as Habesos or Habesa and later as Antiphellos. Intertwinned with the everyday life of Kas there are several antique sights to explore including an amphitheatere over looking the sea. In our village of Bayindir there are also several ancient sarcophagis to be seen.

North of Kas, reached either by trekking or by car, are the ruins of Phellos. Phellos was a rather significant town in the 4 th Century BC. In fact Antiphellos was the harbour for Phellos. Here there are numerous rockcut Lycian tombs and engraved sarcophagis with a magnificant view.

Simena and the Sunken City of Kekova are best visited by boat from Kas. The history of this ancient city also dates back to the 4 th cantury BC and it has a well preserved castle dating back to the middle ages. It was built by the Knights of Rhodes partially built upon ancient Lycian foundations. Below it, the charming fishing village of Kaleköy (“Castle Village”) stands today. Its buildings mingeling with anchient and medieval structures. Across the bay, for 1 km along the island of Kekova are half submerged ruins of the sunken city, which was caused by the terrible earthquake in 2nd Century AD.  Foundations of buldings and the ancient harbour can be seen below the sea and staircases carved out of the rocks descend into the water.

Demre which is reached by a 45 km drive from Kas has several important sights to offer. It is well known for the Church of St. Nicholas and the ruins of Myra. Since the 5 th Century BC Myra was an important and holy city. Today there is an outdoor museum offering beautiful rock carved tombs and a roman type theater, some 115 meter in diameter. The ancient harbor of Demre called Andriake is today an active archeological sight where a museum is soon to be opened. Here Hadrian built a granarium in the 129 AD which has its walls still intact. You can also see Lycian tombs of the Roman period, two Byzantine churches and a Synagogh as well.

Aperlai was the head of the Lycian Confederacy and is reach by trekking or by boat from Kas. Its history is known from coins bearing its name dating back to 4 th or 5 th Century BC. The city walls are from Roman times and they begin at the seashore and are fortified by towers at intervals.