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Sarakiniko Beach on Milos Island

Sarakiniko beach on Milos is not your average beach. Visiting it is like stepping into another world. 

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Sarakiniko Beach on Milos

Some have written that walking around Sarakiniko beach could be compared to walking on the surface of the moon (whatever that would feel like).  Now that I have spent a day at Sarakiniko, I’d have to agree. It was a moon-like experience!

Here’s a photo tour of what it was like to spend the day at this incredible Greek beach carved out of white “moon” rocks.

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Sarakiniko beach on Milos.
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A stunning beach indeed.

The Scene: Sarakiniko Beach

So where did all these white moon rocks come from?

The daily clash of the sea and the passing of time carved out Sarakiniko beach on Milos.  The volcanic rocks developed huge holes, dark caves and strange hollowed out shapes.

There was a tiny beach sitting in a cove that was full of white sand.  It was a wonder to sit there and take in the entire whitewashed landscape and its striking contrast against the blue sea.

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I’d call these ocean moon rocks!

Volcanic Past of Milos

The volcanic eruptions occurred on Milos between 70,000 to 90,000 years ago.  Those very eruptions were behind the current beauty of this striking white beach and the various colorful rock formations around Milos.  It was hard to believe that the sandy Firiplaka beach was located on the same island.


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Vew of Sarakiniko beach.

How to Get to Milos

Fly: Olympic Air and Aegean fly from Athens International Airport. The flight takes 30 minutes. The cost starts at €60 one way.

Ferry:  Ferries to Milos depart from the port of Piraeus. Count on more choices of departure times in the summer.  The journey ranges from four to seven hours, depending on stops and ferry type.  The cost starts at €35 one way for slow ferries. Check www.openseas.gr for updated ferry schedules.

What to do in Milos

Also check out another photo post about the amazing Firiplaka beach on the other side of the island.

Some of the most scenic spots on Milos are only reachable by boat. I got to experience Kleftiko (Bandit’s Lair), breeze past an authentic reachable-only-by-boat fishing village and hang out in a stunning cave with azure waters on a day trip sailing around Milos with Chrysovalandou tours.  Check out my post called Sailing in Milos. I highly recommend the sailing experience, it was so memorable.

Have you ever been to Sarakiniko beach on Milos? Or any beach in the world that looked like this?

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  1. Visited it for the first time last summer. I went there to take some long exposure photos during the night. If it looks like the moon under the sun, it is absolutely haunting under the starlight. Thank you for bringing back memories.

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