Greece's very own moonscape
Despite being one of the most photogenic beaches in the Aegean, Sarakiniko on the Greek island of Milos is not your typical long stretch of fine, powdery-white sand.
What makes Sarakiniko Beach stand out is its meringue-like rock formations. The bone-white hue and striking topography call to mind the surface of the moon, and there is certainly something other-worldly about this striking slice of coastline.
Add to this the brilliant electric blue waves that crash against the shore, and it’s clear Sarakiniko is a must-visit when on a yacht charter in the Cyclades.
The beach is unlike any other on the island of Milos, or even Greece. The sprawling mass of smooth, volcanic rock packed with huge hollows has been shaped over many thousands of years by wind and waves, and there’s no sign of vegetation or trees.
There is certainly something other-worldly about this striking slice of coastline
Get here early before the crowds to experience the unique coastline at its best. The beach can be windy, so you'll find the best anchorages just a short tender journey away, around the bays of Polonia and Voudhia.
The small beach is lapped by a shallow bay, but it’s also possible to spread out on the rock’s slopes, perch atop the highest formations, or seek out shade in one of the curvy crags.
A deep channel of water invites swimmers to take a dip, and snorkellers and divers can also keep busy. There’s a series of underwater caves as well as a shipwreck (the ruins of a tanker which crashed into the rocks during a storm in 2003) to discover.
Those on a luxury yacht charter in the area may even spot brave beach-goers jumping off the cliffs on the left-hand side of the beach. Plus, there’s an abandoned warren of mining caves to explore. And on days with low wind, it’s a great place to discover by kayak.
At night, Sarakiniko beach takes on a whole new guise. The moonlight reflects off the water and rocks, creating a romantic spot in which to soak up nature at its best.
Sarakíniko, milos, 848 00, Greece