There’s nothing better than waking up to a stunning sea view, thirty degree heat and a horizon pool.
And that is what I’ve had for the last two weeks in Kas, a small fishing town on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey.
Just outside of the town centre is a small cluster of villas nestled on the hill around a stunning bay, among these is Club Hotel Barbarossa a family owned hotel comprising of a small hotel and five villas – one of which my family rented out for the two weeks. This was by far one of the nicest most relaxing villas I have stayed in with my family, and considering it is part of a hotel you don’t feel like your privacy is compromised or that you’re trapped in a pool of tourists at all.
The Villas each came with a horizon pool overlooking the sea, as well as use of the private hotel beach.
Southern Turkey’s beaches are mostly rocky cliffs rather than the traditional sandy stretch, however Barbarossa had adapted their shoreline into a luxurious and relaxing beach area with shaded canopies and floor cushions.
The sea was crystal clear and warm, where we spent everyday swimming and snorkelling with the shoals of silver fish and swordfish skimming the surface.
If you visit this area of Turkey make sure you take a day to hire a boat and explore the coast from the water. You see places that you’d never see otherwise, hidden villages and lost coves. It wasn’t just the beautiful scenery which made the speed boat trip the best holiday experience, it was that we saw a giant turtle swimming next to us and flying fish skimming the waves in front of the boat- AMAZING.
Just a short boat trip from Kas is Kekova, which if you travel to by boat you can witness the sunken city – remains of parts of the town which were destroyed in a 2nd century earthquake. Unfortunately if you’re looking for something “off the beaten track” this is not it. Tourists over the years have destroyed the mystery and tranquility of this place but it is still worth skimming the coast for a look as it really proves how powerful nature is. The scenery around this part of the Mediterranean was incredible, almost like something out of Jurassic Park, yet if you looked into the distance there are plush green forests and snow caped mountains.
Across the bay is the other half of Kekova, the minute town is in the middle of nowhere but is stunning – as if it has been taken straight from a postcard. Make sure you stop there for some fresh calamari and lamb shish which they cook in the stone oven – delicious! It’s one of those places you visit which when coming from Southern England, where everywhere is built up and you’re only ever 15 minutes from a Tesco, you wonder how somewhere like this still exists.
Kas itself, is smaller and less touristy than the main holiday destination of Kalkan about 30km up the coast towards Dalaman. Although it is still orientated towards making money out of travellers in the summer season it still is bustling with locals and the main square is buzzing every evening.
As you may know Turkey is famous for it’s fakes and Silver shops but there is some beauty amongst the crap. The cobbled streets and traditional trinkets can still be found.
As well as traditional Turkish and Mediterranean food available on every corner.
This quiet peninsula is the perfect escape for a relaxing holiday where you can spend your days winding down in brilliant sunshine away from the masses. Just what I needed before starting full time work for the rest of my life!