Landing on the lunar landscape of Sarakiniko beach
For those of you who have always harboured a wish to travel to the moon (and maybe do a little sunbathing whilst you’re there), your answer lies on the island of Milos. Sarakiniko is Greece’s lunar landscape: an extraordinary scene of chalk-white rock, smoothed and shaped by time, and all the more dramatic for its contrast against the azure-blue of the sea beyond.
Named after the Saracen pirates who once used it as a hideout, Sarakiniko Bay is coastline wilderness at its most alluring. There’s even a partly-exposed shipwreck that you can explore, adding to the sense of drama.
There’s a good chance you’ll have seen Sarakiniko, even if you haven’t yet visited. It’s been the setting for countless new-season fashion photo shoots, with the contours and colours of the eroded volcanic ash, sandstone and pumice stone serving as a unique backdrop. So before settling down on the narrow, peninsula-sheltered sandy beach, it’s worth exploring – not least in the network of abandoned mines and caves.
The more daring might opt for some cliff jumping off the rocks into the deep waters below (don’t rule it out until you’ve watched others doing it). You could spend the rest of the afternoon lazing on the rocks.
A final tip is to stay till sunset and, if you get the opportunity, definitely visit at night when there’s a full moon. The effect is otherworldly.
You’ll arrive at a parking area at Sarakiniko, from which it’s a 200m walk down to the beach.
From Adamas (Adamanta) port
- By car or taxi: 4km (10mins)
- By bus: Seasonal timetable.
From airport to Adamas
- By car or taxi 5km (10mins)
- By bus: Regular service.
- By car or taxi: 10km (22mins)
- By car or taxi: 5km (12mins)
- You’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery of Sarakiniko at any time of year, but swimming and sunbathing are best from May to October.
- If you do visit in July-August, do so in the early morning or late afternoon when it’s cooler and quieter.
- It’s recommended that you avoid visiting when there is a strong north wind blowing.
May-June and September-October are the best and quietest months to visit.
There’s a canteen by the parking area, but otherwise there are no facilities on Sarakiniko beach.
Make sure you have everything you need for a day in the sun:
Beaches are delicate ecosystems so please help keep them in the best possible condition and leave only your footprints.