Discover Mugla and its picturesque island
Sedir Island, which is one of the most beautiful places in Mugla, is well known with its ancient settlement of Cedrai and world famous Cleopatra Beach. This small island is located in the north of Marmaris in the Gulf of Gokova.
Sedir Island, also known as Cleopatra Island is one of the important tourist destinations of the Mugla province and even of Turkey, thanks to its sea, which reflects all shades of blue, and a worldwide unique feature it has. This small island has a special beach that is found only in two places in the world.
Sedir Island is really special with its beach made from seashells and exceptional sea ranging from turquoise to navy blue. It is said that this organic sand was brought by ships from the Red Sea especially for Cleopatra. It is rumored that Cleopatra used to swim in the small and beautiful bay on the northwest shore of the island. Each grain of sand is a perfect sphere, for this reason the beach is heavily protected by the government to prevent any sand being removed from the beach.
Known in ancient times as Cedrai, Sedir Island boasts an incredible beach with fine sand composed of fossils, and a splendid view of the Kiran Mountains across the bay. Majority of the local and international tourists visiting Marmaris also take a visit to this heavenly place during their Marmaris stay.
In a lot of places on Anatolian shores, there are legends and names related to Cleopatra. It is known that the queen and her lover, Roman commander Antony had visited the Anatolian shores. But it is not known if they visited this Island.
Cleopatra Beach attracts attention with its golden coloured sands and its sea reflecting various tones of blue. According to legend, Anthony and Cleopatra swam here and the golden yellow sands were brought by ships from North Africa. It has been said that this type of sand can only be found in Egypt. Actually this sand is formed from limestone droplets and can only be seen on Sedir and Crete Islands in the Aegean and Mediterranean. Sand particles which look like small beads ignite when exposed to fire.
Archaeological site of Cedrai is situated on Sedir Island which is also called as Cleopatra Island. The archaeological site has some ruins from Hellenistic and Roman period. Cedrai was known as Caria city before it was connected to Rhodes. Being the most important settlement centre of Rhodes opposite side, Cedrai was surrounded by walls. While the tower and the walls can be seen from the shore, only the foundation of the Apollo Sanctuary in Doric style has survived today. There is an ancient theatre facing north which is in good condition beside the agora, and various remains of the city necropolis.
Regular boats are leaving from the village of Camli to Sedir Island, situated almost 25 km away from Marmaris. After a scenic 20 minute boat trip, visitors reach the island. From Akyaka, visitors who join excursion boats are able to reach Sedir Island after six coves.