Sarakiniko is the largest and most developed beach of Gavdos
, if the word developed can be used for the island at all. It has about 10 restaurants and cafes, a small mini market and rooms and studios to rent. The tavernas emphasize on fresh fish and home made local recipes.
Sarakiniko lies on the north coast of Gavdos and faces Crete
. It is very wide and over 600 meters long, with large dunes, soft sand and shallow water around the shore. There are no beach bars (yet) but some of the cafes have tables with parasols placed right on the sand, away from the shore. Since Sarakiniko has more facilities and people at one place, naturists are not very common, they prefer the nearby Agiannis
beach or Potamos
beach on the west coast. At the two beach ends there are sporadic low trees behind which tents can be spotted but the beach is so vast that you will never find it crowded or noisy.
The port of Karave
is 2 km away and the main village of Kastri
is 6 km away but the local bus connects them with Sarakiniko.