Cleopatra Island Turkey

Updated: 31.10.2023 09:00:00
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Cleopatra Island, which is also known as Sedir Island, is one of the most important attractions in Mugla City. It is a special island, where the beautiful turquoise Aegean Sea meets golden sand. Without a doubt, it mesmerizes any foreign or local visitors with its beauty.

This is why it was named after the beautiful Egyptian ruler Cleopatra. If she would be alive, we believe she would be jealous of the beauty of Cleopatra Island Turkey. Therefore, we highly encourage you to spare some time to visit this beautiful attraction while you are in the area.

If you are planning to add this beautiful island to your to-do list, then we believe the following guide will be quite beneficial for you. We have covered everything you may need to know about the island before your visit.

Where Is Cleopatra Island?

Cleopatra Island is located in the Ula District of Mugla City in Turkey. Although some resources claim that the island is associated with Marmaris Districts, the facts are just the opposite. Most people think of Akyaka or Gökova when this beautiful island is in question.

Considering that it is an island, you cannot get there by land transportation. However, do not worry about how to get to the island since we have covered this in the following section. The island is also located in Gökova Cove, and it is one of the popular destinations for tourist boat tours.

Visitors can enjoy various facilities where they can spend their day on the island. In addition to this, you can enjoy its golden sands and beach on hot days.

How Do I Get to Cleopatra Island?

If you want to get to Cleopatra Island, then you have two alternatives. The first one is getting to Marmaris District first and then visiting Çamlı Village. Here, you can get boats that depart from Çamlı Port. The average cost per person is around 40 Turkish Lira, which is about €2.20.

The second alternative is booking boat tours that depart from Akyaka. We recommend this alternative to our foreign visitors since you can enjoy full-day or half-day boat tours that will also take you to other popular destinations in the area.

Moreover, some of these tours also include lunch and various beverages. Akyaka is located 25 kilometers away from Mugla City center and you can find plenty of different public transportation to get to Akyaka from here.

History of Cleopatra Island

Cleopatra Island has been serving mankind since ancient times. The first settlement on the island was in the eastern part. Here, you can find the city theatre, sacred sites, the port, and the settlement areas. The island used to be within the borders of Rhodos Peraia in the past.

On the other hand, Caria people used to live in the western part of the island, and they used to be called semi-barbarians. However, that part of the island was captured by Spartan Commander Lysandros in 405 BC who sold the locals to slave traders.

During Turkish raids in the 15th century, the island was captured by the Ottoman Empire. After the collapse of the empire, the island belongs to the Republic of Turkey.

Cleopatra Island Boat Trip

As we noted before, the only way to get to Cleopatra Island is by sea transport. We have already mentioned two ways to get to the island. If you are going to visit it for tourist purposes and you do not intend to stay for the entire day, we recommend preferring the first travel method.

On the other hand, if you would like to visit other attractions in the area, you can consider the boat trips organized by Akyaka. In addition to this, you can also find various boat trips from different parts of Mugla such as Fethiye, Marmaris, or Ölüdeniz.

Is There an Entrance Fee to Cleopatra Island?

Yes, you need to pay an entrance fee to visit Cleopatra Island. Children and teenagers under 18 years old, disabled people, and elderly people who are over 65 years old do not have to pay any fee.

The rest of the visitors will be charged 125 Turkish Lira to enter the island. This makes about €7 per person. It is worth noting that the island is classified as an archaeological site and all the fees are spent for the preservation of the natural habitat.

If you are planning your holiday to Turkey and looking for fun activities during your stay, this island should be at the top of your list. You can also find plenty of amazing villa alternatives you can book for your stay by visiting our homepage.