Zakynthos – Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
Navagio Beach (Greek: Ναυάγιο, pronounced [naˈvaʝo]), or Shipwreck Beach, is an exposed cove, sometimes referred to as “Smugglers Cove”, on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece. Navagio Beach was originally known as Agios Georgios. On 2 October 1980, a freightliner, the MV Panagiotis, ran aground in the waters around Zakynthos Island on Navagio Beach during stormy weather and bad visibility. It has been rumored the ship was smuggling contraband such as cigarettes, wine and women. The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in the limestone gravel of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck.
Navagio is located in Zakynthos, an island in the Ionian sea, right off the east Peloponnese coast of Greece. To be more precise, the beach is in the northwest part of this island, close to Anafonitria village. It is surrounded by colossal white limestone cliffs on one side, and crystal clear blue waters on the other, making it accessible only by boat.
The funny thing is that there is a big chance you’ve probably seen some photos of this place since it is maybe THE most photographed location in the entire country, and naturally, it is the biggest tourist magnet of Zakynthos attracting thousands of visitors each summer.