This One-Of-A-Kind Bucket List Beach In Greece Has Unbelievable Moon-Like Landscapes

Greece has earned a reputation for its beautiful islands and towns that offer a variety of landscapes. You can visit the sunny beaches of Mykonos, stroll among the whitewashed houses of Alonissos, or plan a lavish vacation on the stunning Zakynthos. You can relax in the mesmerizing quietude in the little-known paradise of Astypalaia or wander the crowded city streets of historically rich Athens. However, for a truly unique experience, visit Milos in the Cyclades archipelago, where the white volcanic rock formations of Sarakiniko Beach (pictured above) serve as one of the biggest draws.


Sarakiniko Beach looks like no place you've seen outside of a sci-fi film. Wind and rain have eroded the volcanic white rock over the years, forming an almost moon-like landscape free of vegetation and bordered by brilliant turquoise water. The stone formations and cliffs are made of pumice, a light volcanic stone created by rapidly cooling lava with gas bubbles inside, as well as ash, tuff, and other lava flows. The rocks flash a shocking white during the day before transforming into rainbows of color reflecting the sky at sunrise and sunset. Unsurprisingly, Sarakiniko has distinguished itself as one of the most popular beaches on Milos (and certainly the most photographed).

How and when to visit Sarakiniko Beach

Sarakiniko likely derives its name from the Saracen pirates who once used the area as a hideout. The beach sits on the north side of the island, about 2.5 miles from Adamas and 3 miles from Plaka, the capital. You can easily reach Sarakiniko by taking a ferry from Athens to Milos, which costs between $52 and $85 each way. You can then drive to the beach (book early, as many rental cars on the island have a manual transmission) and park in the lot for free. It fills up fast, but you can also park on the side of the road. From the lot, it's a 10-minute walk to Sarakiniko Beach. You could even walk from Adamas. In addition, public buses run frequently in the summer.


You'll want to arrive before 9 a.m. to miss the crowds. Consider going even earlier to watch the sunrise or stopping by in the evening for a glorious sunset. It can get pretty windy, so check the forecast on Windfinder before setting out. Pick a different day if you find the wind blowing in from the north.

What to bring to and do at Sarakiniko Beach

You won't find any shade at Sarakiniko Beach, so consider bringing an umbrella. If you go this route, ensure you choose an umbrella that can stand up on rocks, as you may not be able to claim a spot on the scant strip of sand available. Come prepared with more than one towel to cushion your body from the hard surface. It can get hot, making sunscreen and beverages a must, though a small truck sometimes offers drinks and snacks.


The area to the right side of the parking lot is perfect for exploring and photography. Meanwhile, the left side of Sarakiniko boasts the small beach, cliff-jumping spots, and great swimming. You can also go snorkeling in the clear water. If you're a diver, check out the shipwreck of the Africa, a tanker that sank near the beach in 2003. The site only reaches a depth of around 26 feet, making it accessible for adventurers of multiple skill levels (though newcomers may want to review our beginner's guide to scuba diving like a professional).

To see all of Sarakiniko Beach, consider booking a sailboat tour that takes you to beaches and caves for about 10 hours for around $135 per person. Alternatively, secure a spot on a guided Milos Island e-bike tour from Adamas for around $65 per person with a small group of no more than eight people for 3.5 hours.