Sedir Island: home to Cleopatra Beach & Kedrai ancient site

Sometimes culture and nature coexist. That is the case at Sedir Island, a picture-perfect island tucked away in the Gulf of Gökova, between Akyaka and Marmaris. Sedir Island appeals to the imagination with its crystal clear, turquoise blue waters, white sandy beach, lush green setting, and the presence of an antique theatre and other remains of the ancient city of Kedrai. On top of that, there’s a legend saying Cleopatra and Anthony used to swim at the island, hence the name Cleopatra Island or Cleopatra Beach. Intrigued? So were we!

Kedrai Theatre Excavated With The Help Of Prisoners

Kedrai Theatre Excavated With The Help Of Prisoners

Sedir Island and why it is called Cleopatra Island

Sedir Island is called Cleopatra Island or Cleopatra Beach because of the legend that Cleopatra and Anthony used to swim here. There are more places in Turkey that claim fame because of Cleopatra, think of Cleopatra’s Pool in Pamukkale, Cleopatra’s Bath near Göcek, or even the Apollo Temple in Side. But the story around Cleopatra Island takes things to the next level. Here, they claim the white sand was shipped in from Egypt. After all, Cleopatra and her lover Marcus Antonius wanted to meet and swim in style, and this beautiful white sand was part of that. While the sand on the beach is protected, and it is forbidden to walk on it, let along take some with you, there is no evidence to support the claim that Cleopatra and Anthony ever swam here. However, experts say the sand on Sedir Island is quite unique for the Mediterranean region, in a way that it can only be found on Crete, outside of Cleopatra Island.

Sedir Island Has That Paradise Feel

Sedir Island Has That Paradise Feel

The Still Waters At Sedir Island

The Still Waters At Sedir Island

Cleopatra Beach: is it a real beach?

Well yes, Cleopatra Beach is a real beach, but you’ll find that the sandy part is roped off, and you are not allowed to go on it. This doesn’t mean you can’t sunbathe though. There are plenty of robust wooden sunbeds on the piece of land just behind the beach, giving you a clear view of the crystal blue waters below. If you like to spend the afternoon sunbathing, know that the sunloungers do not have cushions on them, so bring a nice and thick towel. Swimming is allowed and most probably essential if you plan on visiting in high season.

Purposely Built Paths Bring You To Cleopatra Beach

Purposely Built Paths Bring You To Cleopatra Beach

50 Shades Of Turquoise At Cleopatra Beach

50 Shades Of Turquoise At Cleopatra Beach

Kedrai: the ancient city on Sedir Island

Sedir Island is an uninhabited island nowadays. Back in the 6th century, things were different, and people settled here. That is why you will find the remains of the old city of Kedrai on Sedir Island. The most impressive ruins are probably those of the Roman Theatre seating 2.500 people. Although you will also see some fascinating city walls, the remnants of an agora, a church, and the Apollon temple.

The Theatre At Kedrai Had A Capacity Of 2.500

The Theatre At Kedrai Had A Capacity Of 2.500

We Loved The Peace And Quiet At Kedrai When Visiting Off Season

We Loved The Peace And Quiet At Kedrai When Visiting Off-Season

Apart from the church, all ruins are easily accessible following the purposely built wooden paths all over the island. In 2017, a team of 25 people worked intensively on the island, revealing the historical artifacts. The excavations under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism were a combined effort of archaeologists and prisoners.

Make Time For A Walk When Visiting Sedir Island

Make Time For A Walk When Visiting Sedir Island

Nature And Antiquity Go Hand In Hand At Kedrai

Nature And Antiquity Go Hand In Hand At Kedrai

How to get to Sedir Island?

There are plenty of organized boat tours leaving from Marmaris or Akyaka that will also stop at Cleopatra Island. But if you’re a bit like us, and you prefer to visit places at your own pace, then the best way to visit Sedir Island is by taking the shuttle service that leaves every half hour from April 15th till October 15th from the jetty at Çamlı Köyü. (click here to see the exact location of the jetty on Google Maps) From there, you’ll reach the island after a scenic 20-minute boat trip. Unless you have a Müze Kart, you will have to pay to enter the island. We strongly recommend buying a Museum Pass for Turkey if you’re planning on visiting more than one archaeological site.

The Jetty At Cleopatra Island

The Jetty At Cleopatra Island

Other things to consider when visiting Sedir Island:

    • while there is a restaurant on site, we’d advise you to take your own food and drinks, especially if you’re on a budget
    • there are toilets and showers, but bringing your own paper might be a smart move
    • the island can get overcrowded in high season, losing its magic, plan your visit accordingly
    • bring plenty of sun protection, and your own towel
Ruins On The Island Opposite Of Sedir Island

Ruins On The Island Opposite Of Cleopatra Beach

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We’re all different people, so checking reviews on TripAdvisor is always a good idea! Just know we’ve visited each place personally and all photos are our own. So, basically, what you see is what you get. If you have any questions about a place, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Don’t forget our other tips to make the most out of your Cleopatra Island visit:

  • if you’re on a budget, take your own food and drinks
  • bring some toilet paper
  • avoid the crowds and visit out of season
  • don’t forget your towel and plenty of sun protection

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

Cleopatra Island is great for snorkeling, so consider bringing a snorkel mask to make the most of it. And while you’re in the area, make a stop at beautiful Akyaka, one of the only places on the Aegean where you can admire lovely Ottoman style houses at the seaside.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

If you’re looking for something special, take a look at 8 Oda. These restored old homes right in the heart of Marmaris old town are about as charming as it gets.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

The nearest airport to Sedir Island is Dalaman. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We’re all different people, so checking reviews on TripAdvisor is always a good idea! Just know we’ve visited each place personally and all photos are our own. So, basically, what you see is what you get. If you have any questions about a place, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

Don’t forget our other tips to make the most out of your Cleopatra Island visit:

  • if you’re on a budget, take your own food and drinks
  • bring some toilet paper
  • avoid the crowds and visit out of season
  • don’t forget your towel and plenty of sun protection

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

Cleopatra Island is great for snorkeling, so consider bringing a snorkel mask to make the most of it. And while you’re in the area, make a stop at beautiful Akyaka, one of the only places on the Aegean where you can admire lovely Ottoman style houses at the seaside.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

If you’re looking for something special, take a look at 8 Oda. These restored old homes right in the heart of Marmaris old town are about as charming as it gets.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

The nearest airport to Sedir Island is Dalaman. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

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