It is one of the most popular and exclusive beaches of Greece and also one of the best beaches in the world. Located on the island of Zakynthos, the third largest of the Ionian islands, Navagio beach seems rather a glimpse of paradise, isolated from the rest of civilization, of which only the privileged have the chance to enjoy. The beach is accessible only by boat, but that does not stop thousands of tourists to venture to this hidden corner of the world, to enjoy the sandy beach and clear blue sea water.
Another attraction of the beach, near the dream picture offered by nature, is the ship wreck Scottish Panagiotis, failed to shore in 1980. Nobody knows exactly how did this ship on the beach, although legends did not delay to appear. Built in Scotland in 1937, the ship changed its name several times over time, ending up as Panagiotis, famous ship cigarette smugglers and Italian mobsters. Some voices claim that the ship failed during a chase with the Greek Coast Guard vessels, crew later disappeared without a trace. Another version of the story says the ship was sunk near the shore of the same Coast Guard, waves and then throwing it ashore. Last, and perhaps the least romantic story, says the ’80 Greek tourism minister, gave orders that wreck to be taken especially on the beach, to attract more tourists.
Navagio is unlike anything. It’s overwhelming. It’s a place where beauty seems unreal, where white beach with small polished pebbles meets the purest turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea.
All around, like cathedrals, stately limestone cliffs that form a nearly vertical wall, hugging Creek, giving you the feeling that you step on a land of … story . Great to Navagio is absolutely incredible. The sun and the sea gets shades of blue, and sunlight filtered by rocks seems a photographic effect. Landscape is that simple beauty and magic of Greece, fancy colors white and blue, causing pure emotion. When boats dock in the bay, the words seem to dissolve in the salty air and can only murmur: “wow.” Pinches you convince yourself that is real and you have plunged into a heavenly space, fashioned by your imagination.
Also known as Shipwreck Beach or Pirates Bay, Navagio is cold, because marine currents and white stones hurt your feet. The aura of legend that surrounds it, makes you think of princesses kidnapped by pirates. The best times to visit is either early morning, with a rented boat (because most vessels are departing after 10 am and arriving in golf around noon) or after 16 hours, when the heat subsides and the water gets shades of ink . May and September, when the flow of tourists is low compared to the rest of the year, are ideal for a trip to Navagio. The Wild Creek there is no water source, so you must take supplies.