When driving from Selimiye to Kaş, we stopped and took a break at Iztuzu beach. As mentioned in the LP guide is a nice fine sand beach, good for swimming and sunbathing. Downside (for me) is that there were quite a few buses with tourists, so it was crowded, but the beach was big enough to find a spot that was quiet.
Entrance to the beach is 5TL for parking the car. We had a kebap at the snack bar and it was ok, paid 20TL for 2 beers and 2 kebaps.
The drive along the coast till Kaş was quite beautiful, not as much as the Marmaris area, but still worth it.
Kaş: we chose Kaş as the base to explore the area and stayed there for 3 nights / 4 days. It was a great choice, as it is a lively, beautiful and charming village. Very recommended as headquarters.
Accommodation: stayed at Kale Otel and Pansiyon (recommended in the LP guide).
Price was 50€ per night for 2 people breakfast included. It was a very good place to stay. Rooms were a bit small but big enough and very clean, with sea views. Staying at the hotel allowed you to use the “beach”(a concrete platform with a ladder) at a nearby restaurant, with beach towel included and that was a real added value. Starting a day with a swim from the hotel platform was wonderful. The best breakfast buffet we had in the trip, with gorgeous views and really pleasant garden area.
Also, we checked Kaş Otel (mentioned in the guides) but did not like it that much , rooms were a bit worn out.
Internet in Kaş costs around 2TL per hour.
Çinarlar Pzzeria (recommended in the LP guide): nice courtyard, good Turkish pizzas, friendly staff. Starter +2 turkish pizzas + drinks=45TL.
Natur-el Restaurant (recommended in the LP guide): followed advice from local people and tried manti (turkish ravioli) and they were sooo good!! Very friendly staff. Starter + 2 ravioli dishes + 2 drinks=44TL.
Tried also a random Kebab place. Kebap was good and price was 10TL including drinks.
Patara Beach: Spent a wonderful half day at Patara beach and ruins. Entrance ticket was 5TL per person and parking was 1TL for the whole day.
The beach was one of the best we saw in Turkey: a wide and long stripe of fine sand, surrounded by bushy hills. It was fairly crowded but as it is so big you only need to walk a little bit to be almost on your own. Rented an umbrella for 3TL.
The ruins were much better than we could expect. And almost empty, so you can wander around on your own. They are definitely in the process of being refurbished, with lots and lots of marked marble bits in the main esplanade. They are scattered in a fairly big area and good hour or hour and a half is needed to see most of it.
Kayaking around Kekova and Kaleköy: as recommended in the LP guide we decided to take a day tour kayaking around Kekova and the sunken city. Such a great day out!
After checking a few companies we booked the excursion with
We were quite satisfied with them. Price was 60TL per person (most of places were the same price, just one of them was 55TL). Guide spoke very good English and he was fun and professional. Buffet in Kaleköy was ok. Kayaks were fairly new and easy to use. Help boat was following us all the time.
Left for Kekova at 8:30, once there we had a kayaking briefing. After paddling for an hour and a bit we stopped in a wonderful cove with transparent water where we could swim. After that we paddled over the sunken city (not that much could be seen, imagination needs to work a little bit) and stopped for lunch in Kaleköy. After lunch we had an hour to climb to the fortress on top on the hill, where the views were great. We were back at the hotel around 15:45.
Diving: after checking a few places I decided to go with
SIRENA DIVING CENTER (Hakan Nalcaci), Dogruyol Caddesi No. 35, 07580 Kas Antalya / Turkey
firstname.lastname@example.org phone +90 242 836 3995 mobile +90 536 316 1327
(they are also in facebook)
Price for one single dive was 50TL paying cash, including all the gear and some snacks onboard. Everything went perfect and I would definitely recommend them. I have the PADI but I´m still a beginner and I did the diving with an instructor for myself. Instructors and crew were very easy going and friendly. The diving spot was called flyfish and was beautiful, mostly the underwater landscape, although not many fish.
From Kaş we drove along the coast passing Demre, Finike, Kemer and Antalya. Before heading to the inlands we decided to take a break and spend the night in Side.
Side: really difficult to classify and to judge, bittersweet Side was one of the surprises of the trip. We are astonished by the beautiful ruins, the size and preservation of most of them and the fact that you can wander around them with almost no restrictions or barriers. But we were also sadly surprised about what resorts and mass tourism have done to Side. The evening we arrived in Side had been pouring rain for hours, so by the time we made our way through the city all was flooded. We checked a few hotels and the rooms and the hallways were soaked, with huge puddles and all looked gloomy. We decided to go a bit into the new built hotels and horrible developed areas around Side and finally we managed to find a fairly tacky all included Hotel resort that was dry, clean and with nice rooms.
Hotel Loyal, Mah.inonu Cd. Antalya 7 07040 Side Turkey
Price was 60€ per 2 persons, all included (wristband type). Dinner was really bad, breakfast was a bit better and after we had seen decided to skip lunch. In the all included was the beer…so basically you could drink as much Efes as you could handle. We were happy to find a dry, clean, new hotel but I would not recommend it unless you love mass tourism. The “activities” of the hotel were mainly closed or unavailable (table tennis, disco, pool…). Also, without a car you are trapped there as there are not many things around (Side is at least a pair of km away with nothing in between).