Sedir Island, also known as Cleopatra Island, is a stunning location located in the Gulf of Gokova, located on the 18 km. north of Marmaris. The island is famous for its golden sandy beach known as Cleopatra Beach and the ancient city of Cedrae. The island’s name is associated with the legendary queen of Egypt, Cleopatra, and the island has been the subject of many fascinating myths and legends throughout history. Majority of the tourists visiting Marmaris also take a visit to this heavenly place during their Marmaris stay.
- Cleopatra Island, also known as Sedir Island, is located in the Gulf of Gokova, off the coast of Marmaris in Turkey.
- The island is famous for its golden sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and ancient ruins.
- According to legend, Cleopatra and Mark Antony once swam in the waters of the island, and Cleopatra brought the sand from Egypt to create the unique beach.
- The beach on the island is made of tiny, perfectly round sand particles, unlike any other beach in the region.
Cleopatra Island has a rich and fascinating history dating back thousands of years. The island was once home to a thriving Greek and Roman community, and there are many ancient ruins and archaeological sites to explore. The island was also a popular trading post and a stopover point for sailors and merchants traveling between the Aegean and Mediterranean seas.
According to legend, Cleopatra and Mark Antony once visited the island during their famous love affair. Cleopatra was so enamored with the island’s natural beauty that she had the sand from her homeland of Egypt transported to the island to create the perfect beach for her and her lover.
The beach on the island is unique in that it is made up of tiny, perfectly round sand particles, unlike any other beach in the region. Scientists have analyzed the sand and confirmed that it is indeed similar to the sand found in Egypt, supporting the legend of Cleopatra’s contribution to the island’s beauty.
How it is like?
Cleopatra Island (Sedir) is a very beautiful promenade region. The island is situated very close to the port of the Camli village. You can have a great beach and cultural day out here in the company of the ancient city of Cedrae remnants, the golden sandy Cleopatra beach, the sun and the sea.
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The highlight of the island is undoubtedly Cleopatra Beach. The beach is known for its unique sand and crystal-clear waters, making it one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The Camlik Port is the transportation point. About 3 km. from the Camlik Port, you will see a small village of Camli. It is believed to be the first settlement area of the Caria region. Fresh air, clean water and beautiful landscape await you there.
Things to Do & See
There is an interesting beach on the small bay on the northwest of the island, that is believed to be that Cleopatra used to swim here and have been imported by Mark Anthony as a gift to his love Cleopatra.
According to the legend, Cleopatra and Antonius used to swim here and the sands have been brought by the ships from North Africa. It’s been said that this type of the sand can only be seen in Egypt.
Ancient city of Cedrae
Sedir island is the site of the ancient city of Cedrae. The remnants are spread throughout the island. The remnants of the city walls and the antique theatre can also be seen.
The ruins on the east part of the island stands for the era of Romans. Theatre area is in good condition. On the east part of the island there is an Agora. According to some epigraphs, athletics festivals have been organized in this area for the honor of Apollon.
About 9 kilometres away from the village Camli, you’ll find Boncuk Cove. The cove is very popular. It has a clean and comforting water. There is a facility on the shore for the visitors. The area is popular for swimming in a calm, quite and rocky are.
The region between Boncuk Cove and Karaburun is the one and only observation area in Mediterranean for the sandbar sharks’ fertility and growth. Diving tours are organized for observation especially during May-June.
The island is open for visitors every day from 9 am to 7 pm during the high season, which is from May to October.
Please cross check the visiting hours and admissions from muze.gov.tr
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- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for walking on the beach and exploring the island.
- Bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.
- Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the beautiful scenery.
- Respect the island’s natural environment and do not litter or damage any of the ancient ruins.
How to Get There?
The only way to reach Cleopatra Island is by boat. You can take a boat tour from Marmaris harbor, which includes a stop at the island. Alternatively, you can rent a private boat or yacht to take you there. The boat ride takes around 30-40 minutes and offers stunning views of the coastline along the way.
On Your Own
If you want to go to Cleopatra Island (Sedir) and beach by private or rented car, then Camlik Port is the transportation point from the Camli village.
You’ll see the Camli Village sign on the 12th km. of Marmaris-Mugla Road. You’ll need to drive for about 6 km. more from the turn, and you’ll reach the Camli Port. There you’ll find the regular boats to the Sedir Island.
by daily Boat Trips
You’ll find daily boat trips and cruises to Cleopatra Island through Gokova Bay. We highly recommend the Cleopatra Island & Beach daily boat tours from Marmaris, which is the best way to spend a great out at the Cleopatra Island & Beach.