Kayaking in Kas

We arrived in Kas (pronounced Cash) a couple of days after they apparently have a big celebration in the middle of town to celebrate the end of tourist season. We wondered…are they celebrating that the tourists have brought money into town and made it a good season, or that they will now be free of tourists for a few months? (Actually, the people that we met were all lovely to us – more often I am the one grumbling about other tourists!)

Anyway, we arrived and went for a walk around Cash. It’s a small seaside town with a couple of ruins which we visited – a theatre with a gorgeous view down to the sea and some ancient tombs including the Lion Tomb.


At the theatre


Lion Tomb


As we were walking, I kept hearing insects in the grass and thinking they were snakes.  We never saw any snakes, but we did find this fellow out for a walk!


A tortoise!


We managed to find a tour that was running even after the official end of the tourist season that took us kayaking over the sunken ruins by Kekova Island. Our trip started with a morning safety briefing, then we were off.  Reubs and I  shared a kayak, which definitely caused a few strong discussions (in my defence, no-one likes being hit on the back of the head with a paddle!)


In our double kayak


Our first stop was to see and swim near some ruins on Kekova island.


Ruins on the island


Reubs and the ruins


Next, we kayaked over the sunken city and saw Lycian ruins.  To be honest, these ruins were a little underwhelming and not so much sunken as next to the water, but it was really cool kayaking past and seeing some of the walls and parts of the city.


Views from our kayak



Wall under the water


Next we headed across the ocean to our lunch spot in the village of Simena underneath a castle. What we hadn’t realised was that we would be wading to lunch – it was a bit of a damp lunch as the water was up to the top of my thighs!


Looking up to the castle


Tomb we waded past


After lunch, we climbed the hill and looked at some of the tombs before heading back to our starting place. Reubs managed to break his jandals (flip-flops) so just hiked around barefoot.


Reubs and his broken jandals at the tombs
View down to our kayaks


Wading back after lunch!


Our trip lasted about 5 hours altogether, and our arms definitely felt it the next day!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sacha says:

    That looks like a really awesome day!!! You guys are seeing some of the most amazing sights!!! My arms hurt today too, but that is because of Crossfit….which I will be heading out to again soon. Miss you guys xoxo


  2. Kate says:

    That looks like so much fun! I can definitely imagine you guys arguing about the appropriateness of being smacked in the head with a paddle 😀


  3. Julie Bunnell says:

    Wow, what a neat place to visit. The kayaking trip sounds great…
    And what a stunning view from the ancient theatre!!


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