Guaranteed, if you ever catch a glimpse of Sarakiniko Beach on the internet, it would immediately become a must-visit destination for you. From my own firsthand experience, the rolling expanses of smooth, bone-white rock and the frothy turquoise waters of this surreal moonlike landscape in Milos imprinted itself on my traveller’s soul as one of the coolest places I’ve ever seen! However, I feel like I got more of a view than I had bargained for…and the view was x-rated!
…more on that later.
First, let me run down all the practical deets for you because while getting to Sarakiniko Beach might be a bit of a journey, it’s an absolute must if you find yourself in this modest corner of the Cyclades.
It felt like I was working on my tan on the moon with the added benefit of not imploding….cuz space and stuff.
How To Get There
Located on the north shore of the island of Milos, you have a couple of options for how to get to Sarakiniko Beach.
If you value autonomy, rent a scooter or car to get around the island, including to this infamous beach. Take note that according to rental places in Adamas, a new law requires you to possess an international driver’s license.
None of us had an international driver’s license so instead we caught a quick 15-minute bus from the centre of Adamas for under 2.00 €.
Tip: Take a photo of the bus schedule or check beforehand here.
You can get a taxi from Adamas as well but make sure you arrange to be picked up since there are very few on the island, let alone waiting around the beach for fares.
The rock formations are due in thanks to volcanic eruptions that happened on the island approximately 70,000 to 90,000 years ago. Over time, the strong north winds have blown the water against the land, shaping it into its characteristic smoothness.
All that white rock acts as a perfect photo assistant, reflecting light from the sun and making everything brighter and the sky more blue.
What To Do
+ Go for a dip: There’s a little beach further down that is low enough that it’s protected from the wind making the waters easier to swim in, weather permitting.
+ Have a picnic on the moon: Pack some snacks of pick up some freshly baked treats before heading out to Sarakiniko because there’s nowhere to buy food once you get there. Lay out a blanket, soak up some sun and enjoy your makeshift feast!
+ Do a photoshoot: The moonscapes of Sarakiniko is unlike anything you’ve ever seen…unless you’ve been to the moon. Location scout around the unique terrain and strike a pose because if there are no pictures to make people jealous with on IG, did it really happen?!
+ Jump off a cliff: If you’re an adrenaline junkie or have delusions of invincibility, there’s a cliff jumping spot on an incline so you can decide how high you want to leap from. Yea, I thought I could fly when I was 5 and that’s how I got a scar on my forehead so I don’t do that anymore.
THE UNEXPECTED VIEW
Just having missed the bus back to Adamas, Kelly, Liana and I attempted to hail a passing taxi from the main road. However, unlike bustling cities like Toronto and New York, Milos doesn’t have many taxis let alone Ubers and Lyfts readily available on every corner.
Despite that, a car slowed to a stop, idling beside us. The driver rolled down his window and asked me something in a thick, indecipherable accent (or at least it was indecipherable to me since I’m horrible with accents and one of the few females on the planet who sees it as a drawback versus an attractive quality in the opposite sex).
Assuming that he was asking for directions – and being in an irritable mood due to growing hunger pains and exhaustion – I shrugged and replied that I was as lost as he was before turning away.
One of my travel companions, Liana – patient soul that she is – leaned in towards the driver to see if she could help. Standing a couple feet away with Kelly, I noticed her eyes suddenly widen and her eyebrows jump into her hairline in shock as she watched the scene unfold.
“What? What happened? What?!” I kept asking her as the driver drove away and Liana joined us.
“He had his 🍆 out!”
Side Note: Don’t make me clarify what I mean by 🍆 If you read this post, you should know.
Apparently, unbeknownst to Liana and myself (thank goodness!) the driver had not been asking for directions as I had assumed but was offering a ride…..while his 🍆 was sticking out of his pants.
It made me wonder: Does he just drive along that road looking for lost, female tourists to offer a “ride” to? Is he so clueless (and disgusting) that he actually thinks that’s a good strategy to get whatever the eff he’s aiming to get? What’s his success rate like? So many questions, so little pepper spray.
It’s times that this that really convinces me that I need to invest in a good taser, despite the fact that I’d probably be very irresponsible and use it whenever I was annoyed on the subway.