Year of 2017

Navagio Beach at Zakynthos, Greece

Ask the locals of Zakynthos about Navagio Beach, and you’re likely to get some variation on the legend of the boat that ran aground in this open cove in 1980. The veracity of that tale may depend on the storyteller. Of course, this just adds to the charm of Navagio, aka Smuggler’s Cove, aka Shipwreck Beach, on the northwest coast of this Greek island. The white sand, blue waters, and accessible-by-boat-only status must be like catnip to Zakynthos tourists.

Navagio Beach, 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 right on Navagio Beach after stormy weather and bad visibility. Many people falsely claim the ship was smuggling contraband cigarettes, wine and women. Although and recently, MV “PANAGIOTIS” Captain Charalambos Kompothekras – Kotsoros released the real story about what happened. The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in the limestone gravel of the beach that now holds the famous nickname Navagio Beach.