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Sedir Adası (Cleopatra's Island)


Slip into the enclosed bay to anchor in shallow depths and make sure you pick a sandy spot for good holding, as again, the wind in the afternoon can build blowing from the west.  There is restricted access to this anchorage and the islands, you can only visit between sunrise and sunset, but you may not stay overnight.  You can experience great snorkelling, swim ashore and visit the famed sands of Cleopatra's beach - the sand is white and fine, which some geologists argue that these sands originated from north Africa and others say they are from Turkey. The legend goes that Cleopatra so loved the Turkish coastline that she frequented these shores often and that Mark Anthony brought the sands found on this beach from north Africa for her as a gift.



The island was known in ancient times as Cedreae and the Turkish name means "the Islands of the city" due the the remains of ruins mainly found on the southern and largest of the islands.  Cedreae was an ancient Carian town, though it's name was derived from Greek from that of the cedar tree.  The first appearance of the city was in the classical period, when it was a member of the Delian Confederacy. During the Peloponnesian War Cedreae was an allay of Athens, and this in 405 - 404 BC led the Spartan commander Lysander to attack the city on two occasions.  He failed on the first but succeeded on the second and was said to have sold the surviving towns people into slavery.

The ruins of ancient Cedreae occupy the eastern half of the Kale Adası which is about 880 yards in length, divided into two almost equal halves by the inlet.  The city proper is on the eastern end of the island, where the fortification wall that ringed the town can still be seen along the shore, studded with several fine watch-towers, some of them still standing.  You can find the well preserved but heavily overgrown ruins of the theatre, although these are beginning to be cleared.  There are the remains of a Doric temple that has been identified as a sanctuary of Apollo; this was then converted to a Christian church in Byzantine times and still had a substantial population untill the Persian and Arab invasions when it was ruined and became abandoned.  If you look hard enough you can come across the remains of the agora.


If you visit the beach you will find strict rules and there are guards that watch to make sure no one actually goes onto the main sands and that you do not take any sand away with you. You can still swim along the beach edge and access it from the rocks and a specially built walkway.

Sedir Adası’s view of the bay

Sedir Adası’s chartlet

Sedir Adası’s amphitheatre’s view

Sedir Adası - exploring the ruins