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Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island)
Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island)

Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island)

Marmaris, Turkey

The Basics

The island’s crushed seashell sand is so special that visitors are required to leave their belongings and shoes at the beach entrances, and sullying or removing the sand is strictly prohibited. This kind of sand is most often found along Egyptian shores, and legend has it that Marc Antony had it shipped from North Africa in an attempt to woo his love. The island also boasts Roman ruins.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Some tours of the region have a maximum 2 passengers per cabin and a minimum age (usually 12).

  • Tours are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

  • Make sure to bring swimwear, sun protection, and water bottles when you head out to Cleopatra Island.

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How to Get There

Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island) is located off Turkey’s southwestern coast, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Marmaris. To reach the island, head to Camli Village (about a 30-minute drive from Marmaris along the Marmaris-Mugla Road), then take a boat to the island. Many tours include transfers from hotels in Marmaris.

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When to Get There

Cleopatra Island’s high season is July–August, but you can avoid the crowds and enjoy temperate weather by visiting in early fall. Alternatively, visit in May for the Marmaris Maritime and Spring Festival, which is celebrated with yacht races and street performances, or for the larger Marmaris Yacht Festival later in the month. The Marmaris International Short Film Festival takes place in June and July, and in October, the city hosts International Race Week.

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Gulf of Gökova

Cleopatra Island is located just off the Gulf of Gokova, one of the most stunning stretches of Turkey’s famous Turquoise Coast. After visiting the island’s famous beaches, explore the rest of the area, which is full of hidden coves surrounded by pine forests. Enjoy kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling, or hike the coastal Carian Trail, which runs from Cape Crio to Bodrum through the sleepy resort town of Akyaka and the Latmos Mountains.

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