Navagio Beach – Greece

Navagio Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, maybe in the world. It is located on the north-west shore of the stunning Zakynthos Island (also known as Zante), an Ionian island, and the third in length. Navagio is said to be the home of a famous ship wreck, called Panagiotis, which is why the beach is also called ‘Smugglers Cove’. In case you are wondering why the Italian name, it is because Zakynthos was under Italian rule for centuries, which had an important influence on the island’s culture.

View from clifftop, Navagio Bay, Zakynthos, Greece
View from cliff top, Navagio Bay, Zakynthos, Greece

Originally a smuggler ship, which lost engine power in 1981 and was washed ashore in a magnificent small bay. Featured in Greek tourist ads, it is on the west coast and best visited by going there from Porto Vromi. Go there either early in the morning or in the afternoon (3:00 PM), as in the time between the big around-the-island cruise ships anchor there and the beach is heavily crowded – its not rare to have 20 boats all moored each putting a few hundred people ashore at once.

boats-a-the-beach

Going there in off-peak times ensures you will have the beach pretty much to your own. Be aware the wreck is very sharp and its very possible to injure yourself if not careful For the ultimate picture, follow the signs to the Agios Gergio Kremnao monastery – when you arrive there, use the road to your right to get to a small viewing platform some 600 ft above the wreck and is where most of the picture postcard shots are taken from. It can actually be nicer to see it from this perspective than up close and personal on the beach itself. (information from Wikipedia)

Want to get there? Maybe you can get some help from here: Zakynthos Tours 

If you go, send photos and a post card…

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