Navagio Beach aka Shipwreck Cove on Zakynthos Island, Greece

Navagio Beach is one of the trademark beaches in Greece. It gets frequently featured on postcards and various promotional materials for its breath-taking visual appeal and thrilling isolation. Navagio Beach is often referred to as the Shipwreck Beach or just simply “The Shipwreck” because it’s home to a wrecked ship called Panagiotis, which is believed to have been a smugglers ship. The presence of alleged smugglers ship gave Navagio Beach yet another nick name – Zakynthos Smugglers Cove. Not only is Navagio Beach considered to be the best beach on the Zakynthos Island and one of finest beaches in Greece, it’s also regarded by many as one the best beaches, or THE best beach in the world.

Aerial Photo of Navagio Beach aka Shipwreck Beach on Zakynthos Island, Greece, Photo: dkilim (barrage), Flickr
Aerial Photo of Navagio Beach aka Shipwreck Beach on Zakynthos Island, Greece, Photo: dkilim (barrage), Flickr

Navagio Beach Location

Navagio Beach is located on Zakynthos Island in Greece. Zakynthos is the third largest island of the Ionian Islands – islands located in Ionian Sea, off the west coast of Greece. Zante is another name for Zakynthos, mostly used by English or Italian speakers, but this name is slowly being given up in favor of native Zakynthos (which frankly has a nicer ring to it).

This small and isolated, yet strikingly beautiful sandy cove we know as The Shipwreck Cove is located on the north-west shore of Zakynthos Island, near the Anafotiria village, quite opposite of island’s capital Zakynthos. You can see and navigate through the location of Navagio Beach on an interactive map below:

History of Shipwreck Cove

Navagio Beach was originally known as Agios Georgios. Then sometime in 1981, Greek Navy ships were tipped that a freighliner in the waters around Zakynthos Island is smuggling contraband which included cigarettes, wine and white meat (women) and pursuit was initiated. Stormy weather made for difficult navigation and bad visibility, resulting in alleged smugglers 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 Shipwreck nickname. Navagio means Shipwreck in Greek.

Rusty Body of Wrecked Ship on Navagio Beach in Greece, Photo: Adestro
Rusty Body of Wrecked Ship on Navagio Beach in Greece, Photo: Adestro

How to Get to Navagio Beach

As you can see from pictures, Navagio Beach is enclosed within unpenetrably steep cliffs which give it this remote, inaccessible feel. Because of that, it is impossible to walk to the beach, instead one needs to take the boat. Frequent boat service to Navagio Beach is provided from nearby Porto Vromi located to the south, or from the Harbor of Saint Nikolas in Volimes, located to the north of Navagio Beach. You can also take a boat from island’s capital city of Zakinthos. Boats from Porto Vromi to this paradise beach leave about once every hour and take approximately 30 minutes.

To get spectacular photos of Navagio Beach from above, you can drive up on top of the cliff where new viewpoint offers amazing photo opportunities. Most postcard photos are taken from there. To get to the viewpoint, just follow the road signs which read “Navagio”.

View of Shipwreck Cove from Top of the Cliff on Zakynthos Island, Photo: Hehec, Wikipedia
View of Shipwreck Cove from Top of the Cliff on Zakynthos Island, Photo: Hehec, Wikipedia

What to Take on Navagio Beach

Because of tricky access to Navagio Beach, it is advisable that you stock up before going there. Most of all, make sure you have enough water for whole day is availability at this remote location may be limited. Sunscreen is expectedly essential but keep in mind that water around Shipwreck Cove is often cooler than in other areas of Greece.

For your own safety, do not enter the shipwreck as its rusty metal construction contains dangerously sharp edges or sticking out nails at times. As it is an older ship (built in Scottish shipyards in 1937), the engine chamber has been allegedly isolated with asbestos which as we know, is a potentially poisonous and carcinogenic substance.

Navagio Beach aka Shipwreck Cove - The Most Photographed Place, Photo by Paolo Rosa, Flickr
Navagio Beach aka Shipwreck Cove - The Most Photographed Place, Photo by Paolo Rosa, Flickr

Best Time to Visit Navagio Beach

Navagio Beach is one of the most popular sights in Greece. Many travel guides agree that Navagio is the most photographed place in Greece, getting even more attention than the Acropolis of Athens or the Parthenon. Because of that, if you choose the peak of the day during high season, chances are good you will have to share this rather cozy cove with thousands of other visitors. In order to avoid overcrowding, go to Navagio Beach either early in the morning or put off your visit until later in the afternoon (at around 3pm).

As you can see form the satellite image on the navigable map above, there were four larger ships docked at the Navagio Beach at the time of this picture. Because of growing popularity, tourists boats run to Navagio Beach often and even boats that head to other location usually make a brief stop at Navagio Beach so the place is truly busy between 10 am and 2pm.

Navagio Beach Video

This video was filmed from the platform on the cliff, overloooking the Shipwreck Cove. It was filmed when there were no people on the beach and includes close ups of the shipwreck. Nice video, gives great perspective of how beautiful Navagio Beach is:

Shipwreck Bay is a spectacular sight which must be seen to believe. There is a reason why Navagio Beach is one of the most photographed places in the world. Crystal clear water surrounding the bay changes colors with each ray of sun light so the photographs you take will never look the same as everyone else’s. Navagio Beach is a place to behold and a must visit for all avid travellers and photographers.

Tuscany – Holidays in Italy

Tuscany, Italy, Photo: Roby Ferrari, Flickr
Tuscany, Italy, Photo: Roby Ferrari, Flickr

A vacation in Italy is often associated with romance, lots of history and bad ass pizza. But there’s so much more to Italy than this. If you’re a hopeless romantic, there is hardly any country that would strum your unspoken love affair tune as loud as Italy. But even if you’re not, when it comes to Tuscany, the region on the western coast of central Italy – you’re in for some serious treat whether you’re a beach lover or an adventurer looking for an exciting place to explore.

Tuscany Beaches

Tuscany boasts some of the finest beaches found anywhere in the world. The entire coastal region of Tuscany is just amazing but each time you get on a beach you’ll find it well looked after, clean and maintained. Water quality is a story on its own. Tuscany has water so clean it’ll make you wonder if they’ve installed water filters in the sea. Many of the beaches found throughout the coastline of Tuscany bear the Blue Flag symbol, which is a FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) award given to the beaches with the best water quality and the greatest environmental management. This is a major plus point for Tuscany, especially if you’re planning a vacation in Italy with kids, because you know you would be on a great beach, swimming in waters that are clean, safe and environmentally friendly.

Clear Water of Elba, Tuscany, Photo: Michael Joachim Lucke, Wikipedia
Clear Water of Elba, Tuscany, Photo: Michael Joachim Lucke, Wikipedia

Tuscany Hotels

Tuscany is a popular tourist destination not only among Europeans, but among people from all over the world. As with most places in Italy, Tuscany hotels offer quality accommodation, great food and top notch service. Countless ocean front hotels located just meters form the beach offer magnificent view of the Tyrrhenian Sea with islands of Tuscan Archipelago mounted in the distance.

Tuscany Food

Did I mention that Tuscany is in Italy? I think I did. Being in Italy, I don’t think I need to focus much on quality of food. Let me just sum it up in a single sentence – Italian food is to fall in love with. Be aware, that you will be eating actual Italian food, not food from Italian restaurant abroad. This is the heart of it all. This is the real deal, Italian food as it is meant to be prepared and eaten.

Food in Tuscany is fresh and abundant. Being close to the sea, any form of seafood and fish are bountiful. Tropical climates of the Tuscany regions allows for growth of luscious vegetables and fruit which are also profusely available. You also have to try Italian wine. Nearly every small town and village in Tuscany has its own wine production with wines so good, it will make you want to stay in Tuscany forever.

Tuscany Wine Cellar, Chianti, Siena Region of Tuscany. Photo: roblisameehan, Flickr
Tuscany Wine Cellar, Chianti, Siena Region of Tuscany. Photo: roblisameehan, Flickr

Tuscan Cathedrals

Cathedrals (duomo in Italian) can be found in every town or village in Tuscany. Each of them is a beautiful masterpiece of old architecture and each of them beautiful in its own way. It’s impossible to select out just one or two. They are all gorgeous.

Florence

Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region in Italy. The beauty of this city has been praised so much in songs and poems that I doubt there is anyone out there who’d have any doubt regarding Florence. It’s one of the biggest gems of a town anywhere on planet Earth, not just in Italy.

When visiting Florence, make sure you drop in the Galleria dell’Accademia where statue of David, famous masterpiece of Michelangelo is housed. Art lovers should also visit Uffizi Gallery which houses the largest collection of the best Renaissance art in the world.

Staue of David by Michelangelo in Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, Photo: templar1307, Flickr
Statue of David by Michelangelo in Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, Photo: templar1307, Flickr

Province of Pisa, Tuscany

The Province of Pisa, one of the dominating parts of the coastal region of Tuscany stretches from the province of Luca on the north to the province of Grosseto on the south. It’s home to the finest European beaches as well as to historical riches and countless attractions.

Leaning Tower

Naturally, when visiting town of Pisa in Tuscany’s province of Pisa, you have to check out its main landmark – The Leaning Tower. The beginning of The Leaning Tower date back to 1173 and it started to lean shortly after being built as the ground below was subsiding. Due to safety concerns, The Leaning Tower was closed to public for several years but was reopened in 2001. The tickets cost 15 Euro (not very cheap) but the experience is extraordinary.

The Leaning Tower Of Pisa, Photo: fulminating, Flickr
The Leaning Tower Of Pisa, Photo: fulminating, Flickr

Island of Elba, Tuscany

Isola d’Elba is an Italian name for the island of Elba, located about 20 km west of Piombino, a town in the province of Livorno, Tuscany. Isola d’Elba is the third largest island in Italy, following Sicily and Sardinia and is the largest in Tuscany. Isola d’Elba is the most famous for being the exile island of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte where he was held for 300 days until he made his last stand and faced final defeat at Waterloo.

Island of Elba, Tuscany, Italy, Photo: Michael Joachim Lucke, Wikipedia
Island of Elba, Tuscany, Italy, Photo: Michael Joachim Lucke, Wikipedia

Relaxing Vacation in Tuscany

Tuscany offers a very relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for anyone wishing to escape the hassling life and challenges it brings. Tuscany is a welcoming place that will soothe your weary body and mind. Clean and gentle waters of the Mediterranean Sea will wash away the stress from your muscles to make way for a romantic dinner you can enjoy with that special someone. Countless activities are available throughout Tuscany for those wishing to add more excitement to their vacation in Italy. You can rent a boat and sail the waters of the sea, you can put on fins, mask and snorkel and dive under the salty water to explore abundant sea life, or you can go water skiing – there’s never a boring day in Tuscany.

Quality of a vacation spot can best be judged by the reactions of people who have visited the area. If they have positive things to say, you can be assured that it’s a great vacation spot. If they say they’re guaranteed to come back for their next vacation, that’s a near perfect vacation, but when they say they want to move to the area and live there forever, you know you’re in for a treat and the vacation will be perfect. And that’s what Tuscany, Italy and perfect beaches with clean water it offers is like. Benvenuti in Italia