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Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island)

Sedir Island is best known as Cleopatra Island, named after the pharaoh who allegedly met her lover Marc Antony on its shores. Forever romanticized by its connection with the iconic lovers, this small island in the Gulf of Gökova is now a popular stop on boat cruises and jeep safaris from Marmaris. 

Cleopatra Island’s second claim to fame is its unusually textured sands, made up of smooth white, ground seashells. To preserve this one-of-a-kind sand, visitors are required to leave their belongings and shoes at the entrance to the beach. Removing the sand is strictly prohibited. Typically, such sand can only be found on Egyptian shores, fueling the legend that Marc Antony had it shipped in to Sedir Island from North Africa in an attempt to woo his mistress.

The island also has an additional sandy beach, popular among swimmers and sunbathers, that is home to a number of Roman ruins, including an agora and an amphitheater that dates back to the fourth century B.C.

Practical Info

Cleopatra Island is reachable only by boat. It is located off Turkey’s southwestern coast, about 25 kilometers from Marmaris.

Tours & Tickets

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7-Night Gulet Cruise from Bodrum: Gulf of Gökova

Sail by Turkish 'gulet,' a traditional wooden sail boat, around the breathtaking Gulf of Gökova on a 7-night cruise from Bodrum. Introducing you to the ...  Read more

Location: Bodrum, Turkey
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $341.23

Cleopatra Island Cruise from Marmaris

Sail, sunbathe, swim, and step back in time to the days of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony on this cruise to Cleopatra Island from Marmaris. Bob across the ...  Read more

Location: Marmaris, Turkey
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.11

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