Navagio Beach, the Most Beautiful Beach of Greece

Navagio Beach, the Most Beautiful Beach of Greece
Navagio Beach, the Most Beautiful Beach of Greece

Navagio Beach or the Shipwreck, is an isolated sandy cove on Zakynthos island and one of the most famous and most photographed beaches in Greece. It is often referred to as the Shipwreck Beach or just simply “The Shipwreck” because it is home to the wreck of a ship called Panagiotis that is believed to have been a smugglers ship. The presence of alleged smugglers ship gave Navagio Beach yet another nick name – Smugglers Cove. 

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Natural beauty of Navagio Beach and how to get there

This small and isolated, yet strikingly beautiful sandy cove is located on the north-west shore of Zakynthos Island, near the Anafotiria village, quite opposite of island’s capital Zakynthos. The area is defined by its sheer limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and clear blue water, which attract thousands of tourists yearly. The strip of beach is accessed only by boat, but you can see it from above if you stand on the high side of the cliffs that overlook it.

Anafotiria village
Anafotiria village

History background and weather condition

Navagio Beach was originally known as Agios Georgios. Then sometime in 1981, the Greek authorities were tipped that a freightliner in the waters around Zakynthos Island is smuggling contraband which included cigarettes, wine and women, and a chase began. Stormy weather and bad visibility resulted in the ship running aground right on Navagio Beach. The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in white sandy dunes of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck.

Zakynthos Island

Like a diamond sparkling in the Greece’s sky, Navagio Beach’s beauty not only lies in its extraordinary natural scenes  superbly preserved by the inhabitants but also lies in the unique history background with ‘unusual’ stories. This place is a must that you have to experience in you life.


Finally, wheen you take a decision of joining Navagio Beach, this place with many natural beauties and adorable local folks will not disappoint you. A visit to Navagio Beach province will provide you many unforgettable memories.