The Sarakiniko Beach Guide

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White chalk cliffs in Sarakiniko, Milos island, Cyclades, Greece.
Photo: Gatsi / Adobe Stock
If you’re yearning for fabulous Instagram photos and unique landscape, Sarakiniko beach is the perfect choice for you, offering unforgettable moments and experiences.

Milos is one of the Greek islands where you can experience unique diving thrills. With all the necessary equipment, the enchanting seabed will await for you to submerge and explore its depths. The endless blue, the white-gold sand of Milos is one of the Greek islands that will undoubtedly leave you in awe.

When you wish to live the most magical moments in Milos, head to the Sarakiniko Beach. Not only is this one of the most beautiful beaches of Milos but of all Greece as well. It is located along the coastal road east of Adamas, north-east of Milos. If you plan on spending a part of your vacation there, here’s what you need to know.

About Sarakiniko Beach

Thanks to its special geological beauty and the relaxing vibes, Milos has become especially famous among tourists worldwide. The volcanic geological background of Milos resembles a lot to the geology of Santorini, making these two islands a nice holiday combination. The unique landscape of the Sarakiniko beach is very impressive and above all unforgettable. One of the most stunning features are its long horizontal rocks bent over the sea.

Eroded by time and saltwater, the rocks have small and huge hollows all over them. Interestingly enough, the entire landscape was formed by the volcanic rocks. Therefore, you cannot see any signs of vegetation. The volcanic formations are bright white, making a thought-provoking contrast with the deep azure and turquoise of the surrounding waters. Once stepping on this amazing scenery, you’ll feel as if you’ve just stepped on the surface of the moon.

How to get there

Sarakiniko Beach, Milos
Photo: Moofushi / Adobe Stock

In summer, you can catch a ferry to Milos from the port of Piraeus, the main port of Athens. The ferry trip to Milos takes about 5 to 7 hours, depending on the vessel and the route. Occasionally, a ferry to Milos departs from Lavrion, a port on the southern side of Attica.

Getting around

Getting around Milos would be best by car. If you want to get to the most popular archaeological sites, picturesque villages and beautiful beach destinations in the country, renting a car would be the most convenient option. Make sure you see the country’s attractions, fabulous coastlines and landscape. Thanks to the good roads, you won’t have any issues getting around Greece by car.

However, the roads in the countryside and on the islands may pose a challenge as they’re rather narrow. These roads usually have one line per direction and they are windy due to the mountainous landscape of the country. Make sure you drive slowly in these roads, keep the speed limits and pull over to allow oncoming traffic from local cars.

When you decide to visit the Sarakiniko beach, know that it is located on the northern coast of Milos. It’s 2.2 km from Adamas, 5 km from the capital, Plaka, and 9 km away from Pollonia. If you decide to visit Mandrakia, the Sarakiniko beach is only 4 km east of the village. Mandrakia is a perfect lunch-stop after your time at Sarakiniko, especially if you arrived there by car.

Where to stay

When it comes to accommodation, the port of Adamas, the capital Plaka and the seaside village of Pollonia are the most popular places to stay in Milos. All these three places give easy access to beaches around the island and have tourist facilities, like shops, taverns, and car or bike rentals. All Milos hotels have traditional architecture and convenient facilities.

If you decide to choose accommodation close to the Sarakiniko beach we recommend you stay at the Limeri apartments. These apartments consist of a sitting room with two built-in sofas, which can be used as two single beds, a kitchenette and a couple of steps up lead you to the bedroom with a built-in double bed and bathroom with shower.

The apartments are open planned, which means there are no wall or door separation between the rooms. If you’re planning to travel in a group of 4, Limeri apartments will be a great option. They are approximately 41m² and have private verandas overlooking the Aegean Sea. On days when you decide to stay close to the apartments, you can visit a secluded beach which is located only 400 m away. Limeri apartments are traditionally furnished and include:

  • A fully equipped kitchenette
  • Daily maid service
  • Change of linens every two days
  • Colour flat TV
  • A/C
  • Ethernet & Wi-Fi

For breakfast, you can have a variety of Greek honey, jam, marmalade, butter, crackers and rusks as well as juice, milk and coffee. If you prefer suites over apartments, we have another amazing recommendation – Cave Suites Milos. They are situated in Kaminia in Milos Island.

The hotel is newly built and provides the guests with privacy and tranquillity. All suites have a balcony with private pool and panoramic sea view. The Sarakiniko beach is only 1 km away from the suites so the trip to and from the beach won’t require too much of your time.

Cave Suites Milos is suitable for friends, couples and families up to 3 adults. Each suite is 20 m2 big and features free Wi-Fi, a large double bed, a sofa bed, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom with shower, toiletries, coffee/tea making facilities and a small fridge.

At Cave Suites Milos, a daily maid service is available and a la carte breakfast is served in your room with local delicacies, offering you and your loved ones the ultimate Cycladic experience. The amenities included in the suites are the following:

  • Bath Amenities
  • Bathroom with Shower
  • Beach Towels
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Closet
  • Coffee Facilities
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet Access
  • Hairdryer
  • Individually Controlled Air Condition

And also:

  • Modern Furnishing
  • Non-smoking rooms available
  • Outdoor small Pool
  • Pool towels
  • Private Balcony
  • Safe-deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Sea View
  • Small Fridge
  • Sofa Bed
  • Soundproof Windows
  • Wake-up Call

Things to do in and around Sarakiniko beach

White chalk cliffs in Sarakiniko, Milos island, Cyclades, Greece.
Photo: Gatsi / Adobe Stock

Moving on to the fun experiences in Milos Island, we have a few recommendations that you should consider. First of all, consider going on a guided tour. One of the tours in the offer will provide you with a unique island experience allowing you to discover the fantastic island of Milos with the special geological landscape and the natural secrets. You’ll start the tour from the Cave of Papafrangas. This complex of sea caves was formed by volcanic activity and is divided by a small ravine.

Many people use the opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise waters at the bottom of the ravine and explore the caves. If this is your first time on island Milos, you can take the opportunity and stop by the Sarakiniko beach for the first time while on this tour. After you’re done with splashing in the blue waters head down to Plaka, Klima and Catacombs.

Plaka is the capital town of Milos that you absolutely shouldn’t miss visiting. Learn about Cycladic architecture, admire the stunning views of the Aegean Sea and enjoy pastries with delicious homemade sweets. After Plaka, just a couple of km away, you’ll arrive at Klima and see the early Christian catacombs.

Except for enjoying some thrilling tours, you can have loads of fun at the very Sarakiniko beach. If you’re a fan of kayaking, feel free to kayak around Sarakiniko on days with low winds. You’ll be able to explore the coastline and mesmerizing rock formations from an angle that’s not accessible in any other way. Furthermore, feel free to go cliff diving from this marvellous work of nature.

The volcanic formations offer amazing heights for you to dive into the crystal blue waters and swim to your heart’s desire. You’ll find the diving rocks on an incline so you can jump from a smaller height and work up the courage to jump from the top. You can spot the most distinct parts of Sarakiniko once you cross the sand beach and get to the left side of the inlet.

Where and what to eat

If you’re a foodie, spending a holiday in Greece will be a real treat for you. Dining is a special ritual in Greece, making every meal more unique than the one before. You can find a variety of taverns and restaurants in Greece to enjoy hearty meals with your family and friends throughout an entire vacation.

To get a true Greek experience, look for traditional taverns. Whether you stay in rural villages, coastal towns, isolated islands or bustling city centres – traditional taverns will wait for you to enjoy their spectacular ambience.

Every tavern in Greece is traditionally decorated with wooden tables and features a breath-taking view of the sea or the natural surroundings. When you wish for luscious homemade dishes, made of fresh first ingredients and, of course, high-quality locally produced wine, head down to the nearest tavern in town. Retsina and Greek beer are the two top must-try when you visit a tavern.

Restaurants near Sarakiniko beach

The island of Milos has many Greek taverns in relaxing spots that offer amazing views to the Aegean Sea. All Milos restaurants offer exceptional local plates for all tastes and preferences. Some of our food recommendations include ladenia – a traditional pie with olive oil, tomato and onion.

Don’t miss out on little cheese pies called pitarakia that will go perfectly with whatever meal you’re having. For dessert choose a watermelon pie or the koufeto spoon sweet made from honey and almonds, to make your hot summer nights super refreshing.

Another awesome choice of restaurants near Sarakiniko beach is certainly the Medusa restaurant. It is located in Mandrakia, one of the most picturesque areas of Milos. A meal at Medusa restaurant will be anything but an ordinary experience. You’ll have a unique opportunity to gaze at the endless, turquoise scenery of the crystalline waters of the Aegean Sea with every bite of delicious Greek food you take.

Here you will find a variety of delectable food. From seafood, ouzo to spectacular wine choices, Medusa will offer you only the best of the best. Visit Medusa and experience a unique, culinary journey!

Also, you’ll be glad to know that if need be, you’ll have wheelchair accessibility and parking available. Whether you want to offer your sweetheart a romantic atmosphere or you’d like to celebrate a special occasion, Medusa restaurant will make sure you have the night to remember.

The restaurant also offers vegan and vegetarian meals. Medusa restaurant is perfect for having lunch or dinner. Some of the features you will enjoy while dining there include:

  • Free Wifi
  • Sea View
  • Harbor View
  • Outdoor Seating

Moving on to the next restaurant option, we suggest you wine and dine at Glaronissia. This lovely restaurant is located in Tripiti. With fabulous views all over Milos, Glaronissia invites you to sit in the courtyard in the typical Cycladic environment of white and blue colour. Thanks to the authentic recipes and local specialities you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the most delicious food in this part of Greece.

Glaronissia boasts an indoor and outdoor dining area where you can enjoy a pleasant meal. When you wish for an outdoor meal, the courtyard and roof terrace are excellent options offering mouth-watering appetizers. You won’t have to worry about the food quality, because all dishes at this restaurant are made with fresh ingredients.

If you don’t feel like going out, but you’d want to enjoy a fabulous meal in your suite, Glaronissia will deliver the meal to you, or you can order head there for a takeaway meal. The establishment is kid-friendly and perfect for a family or large group gatherings.

Fun facts

  • Sarakiniko Beach is one of the most Instagrammed beaches in Greece! Its chalky white, moon-like surface is one of the many features that makes this unique location so popular!
  • Interesting rock formations are created by poured and frozen lava following a volcanic eruption.
  • You can also find the abandoned mine tunnels that you can spend some time investigating when you need some shade.
  • If you can’t stand soaking up the sun for a long time, make sure you bring a parasol with you because you won’t find many trees that can protect you from the sun.

Summary

If you’re yearning for fabulous Instagram photos and you’re spending your vacation on the island of Milos, Sarakiniko beach is the perfect beach choice for you. Go diving, kayaking and dine in some of the best taverns in Greece. When you visit it once, you’ll want to come back to this amazing beach at least one more time in your life.