Cleopatra Bath - Hamam Bay

Cleopatra Bath - Hamam Bay

Cleopatra Bath - Hamam Bay

About Cleopatra Bath
Cleopatra Bath - Hamam Bay is said to have been where Cleopatra herself used to come and bathe. It is said Cleopatra visited the bay at least twice and one of those times on her honeymoon with the love of her life, Marc Antony. Located around 50km from Fethiye, today you can still find the ruins of the old hamam which are now submerged under the water, although a lot of them have been lost to the sight as the area is still being used by many and is not protected. The volcanic structure of the natural hillside of this cove also supports the existence of a crater lake, which gave warm waters to the bath house in ancient times. The bay has a stunning background and shore which is covered in beautiful pine trees that line this coastline.

Not far from Hamam Bay through the pine trees are the remains of Lydae Ancient City. You can still see the ruins of a mauseoleum, temple walls, cisterns, Corinthian columns and inscribed tablets from the Roman and Byzantine periods.

How to get to Cleopatra Bath
The unique thing about Cleopatra Bath is that it cannot be reached by land or road. The only ways to reach this bay now is on a Fethiye – 12 Islands blue cruise or on the Marmaris to Fethiye route.

Things to do in Cleopatra Bath
The main attraction of the place is the ruins of a monastery, a big part of which are located underwater. As mentioned before, it is the place where Cleopatra herself used to come and bathe. Tourists simply love exploring and snorkelling over these ruins. Unlike many places in Turkey, Hamam Bay is yet to become protected so visitors to the area can become totally immersed in their sites and surroundings.

As this area is no longer visited by daily boats, many of the private yacht charters voyage here in the hope of finding total peacefulness. There is nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of the waves lapping at the bow of the yacht, while you are rocked gently to sleep and the only sound of the wind rustling in the trees. With the seclusion and legend of Cleopatra, this bay is very romanticised.

Jumping off the blue cruise and hitting the land, it is a great area to do some hiking. Walking up from Yavansu Hill should take around half an hour to reach the ancient city of Lydae. Ruins scatter this area making it a wondrous area to explore.

Along the coast not far from Cleopatra’s Baths are some local restaurants serving food and drink to the sailors in the area. In the afternoon this is a nice place to rest the feet, have a drink and watch the sun set.

On leaving Cleopatra’s Bath it is recommended to visit the other bays and coves in the region including Butterfly Valley, Oludeniz, Yassica Island, Twelve Islands and St Nicholas Island.