Shipwreck Cove in Zakynthos!
On the north west coast of the Greek Ionian island of Zakynthos
you will find Shipwreck Cove
or Smugglers Cove also called Navagio Beach
which is probably the most famous beach in Greece and can only be accessed by boat but is well worth the trip.
This picturesque beach has been photographed and featured in many holiday brochures, travel books and televised advertisements. The boat was shipwrecked back in 1980
after hitting rocks in bad weather while being pursued by the Greek Navy who suspected it was carrying contraband cigarettes.
Those tourists planning to lounge in the sun are advised to bring all necessities
with them as there are no facilities
in this secluded bay. A sun umbrella is a must, as the heat radiates off the white cliffs and there is no shade on the beach to get away from it, especially at midday.
As you can see from pictures, Shipwreck Beach is enclosed within large steep cliffs
which give it this remote, inaccessible feel. Because of that, it is impossible to walk to the beach, instead you will need to take the boat. Frequent boat service
to Shipwreck Cove is provided from nearby Porto Vromi
located to the south, or from the Harbor of Saint Nikolas in Volimes, located to the north of Shipwreck Cove. You can also take a boat from island’s capital city of Zakynthos.
However when we visited Shipwreck we went on the boat trip run by the Potamitis Brothers which you can catch near the Lighthouse at Skinari.
Best Time to Visit Shipwreck Cove
Shipwreck Cove is one of the most popular sights in Greece. Many travel guides agree that Shipwreck 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).
To get spectacular photos
of Shipwreck Cove from above, you can drive up on top of the cliff
where viewing platform on the edge of the cliff offers amazing photo opportunities. Most postcard photos are taken from there. To get to the viewpoint, just follow the road signs which read “Navagio”.
When you visit Zakinthos do not miss out on an amazing boat trip to the wonderful Shipwreck Cove!
About the Author
is a guide to the Greek island of Zakinthos which was setup in 2012 to promote tourism on the island and is part of www.zantehotels4u.com
Photography for this post by Alistair and Heather Ford