Dotting the southern Agean, the Cyclades (Kykládhes) are one of the best places in Greece’s for island-hopping. But it's not all the crystal-clear seas and golden beaches that you might expect.

On volcanic Milos, a geologically diverse island known for its unusual rock formations and geothermal springs, the spectacular shorelines are characterized by multicoloured rocks and volcanically heated sand.

Sarakiniko, in particular, is astonishing. This sculpted inlet, with a sandy seabed and gleaming white rocks, is a far cry from the sandy strands Greece is famous for.

If you've ever wanted to step foot on the moon, this is as close as you might get.

Sarakiniko beach, Milos, Greecephoto credit: Sarakiniko beach via photopin (license)

Sarakiniko beach, Milos, Greecephoto credit: Sarakiniko beach via photopin (license)

Sarakiniko beach, Milos, Greecephoto credit: Sarakiniko beach via photopin (license)

Sarakiniko beach, Milos, Greecephoto credit: Sarakiniko beach via photopin (license)

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