Ever heard of a beach with crazy white rocks formation? A place that makes you feel like you’ve just landed on the moon? Well yes, I would like to present to you the amazing Sarakiniko beach in Milos. This is definitely one of the highlights of our trip in Milos. Who am I kidding? This beach is the exact reason that compelled me to add Milos to our Greek island hoping itinerary. Milos is truly an amazing little island to visit in Greece. And Sarakiniko is the cherry on top of an already extremely delicious cake.
Sarakiniko is unlike any other beaches I’ve been to. It is extremely unique. There is no sand or pebbles. It is just a cute little beach incrusted into a bed of white powdery rocks.
Where is the Island of Milos?
Milos is part of the Cyclades cluster of islands in the Aegean Sea and it isn’t too far from Mykonos and Santorini. These two islands tend to steal the spotlight but Milos will reward you if you choose to visit it and spend some time. There is less than 10 000 residents on Milos so the island moves at a very slow relaxing pace.
How to get to Milos & Sarakiniko beach?
For such a small island, it is surprisingly easy to get to Milos. There is an airport so you can quickly fly there from Athens or any of these other islands. Don’t feel like flying? No worries as there are also plenty of ferries.
Once you arrive in Milos, getting to Sarakiniko is a piece of cake. Nowadays most people travel with smart phones and access to GPS. Once you input it into the GPS, it is a fairly straight forward drive. There is no off road driving. You will drive right by it then you park your car and start walking on the white rocks area. I really appreciated not having to worry about parking as it was plentiful by the main road. Once you’re parked, In about 5 min, you will then have this beauty right in front of you.
Can You go to Sarakiniko Via Taxi on a Daytrip?
It goes without saying that you should absolutely rent a vehicle in Milos. You could rent and ATV to get there. If you’re only in Milos for a day trip, yes you could take a taxi from the port of Adamas and head straight to Sarakiniko. If you go the taxi route, I truly do recommend, you arrange a time for the same taxi driver to pick you up after your day at the beach. You do want to do this as there isn’t a taxi line up around waiting to bring you back to the port. Also since Milos is quite a small town, services like Uber aren’t prevalent there.
Bear in mind that the taxi way would cost a bit more but you’ll be paying for the convenience of visiting Milos and Sarakiniko on a day trip. Alternatively, you can always book one of those boat trip and visit Sarakiniko from the sea instead of the road. These boat trips often leave from Adamas Port and bring you back there after an amazing day trip. So it might be worth it for day trippers.
Is the Water really this deep blue shade?
Please bear in mind that the pictures in this post are unedited so what you see here is truly what you get. I sometimes dislike it when travel blogs use extremely filtered images with unrealistic saturation. I find that it warps one’s perception and isn’t an accurate representation of said place. By presenting to you this unfiltered images, I hope to keep you grounded and avoid any potential disappointment when you visit the place yourself. I mean, the place is gorgeous just the way it is, isn’t it?
That said, yes, the water is quite blue, turquoise or a deep shade of green. I t all depends on how clear the sky is on the day you visit. But overall, if you pick a good day, you can be sure to find this beauty looking just as pristine as it does on these pictures.
What created those rocks and Why are they so White?
So many areas of Greece have been influenced by volcanic activities. And the Sarakiniko beach in Milos is no different. The powdery white rock was caused by the erosion of the volcanic rocks. With time they began to look like this due to the wind and waves.
What’s the best time to visit Sarakiniko?
I would recommend late April to late September. If you want to have the best weather with minimal crowd the months of May and early September would be your best bet. We were there late September and it was already getting quite windy and a bit cooler at night.
Does it get crowded?
Since Milos is still under the radar, the island is much less popular than said Mykonos and Santorini. Last time I went, the place wasn’t crowded at all. It is a compact beach but there is still plenty of surface for people to spread out so you don’t ever feel like you’re part of a cattle of sheep. That said, I really hope that Milos won’t become the next Instagram victim and suffer over tourism. Let’s all do our part, and always try our best to be as sustainable as possible and not contributing to the littering problem that over tourism tend to bring with it.
Are there any amenities such as shower to rinse?
These are more or less wild beaches so there is no amenities whatsoever. I have not even seen any shower to rinse at all. Milos has plenty of more organized beaches if this is your preference but Sarakiniko is more of a wild beach. I still think it is totally worth visiting.
Are there any food available at Sarakiniko Beach?
Many of the beaches in Milos would have a little truck like this selling things like paninis, chips, water and juice. You might be able to find beer but don’t expect anything crazy fancy. I still recommend picking up a lunch, snacks and your favorite drinks en route that way you’re guaranteed to have something to eat in case the truck doesn’t show up on that day or they run out of stuff.