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Navagio (Shipwreck beach)-How the “Shipwreck” Became a Shipwreck! The Story Behind the Popular Beach of Zakynthos.

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The picturesque Navagio or Shipwreck beach in Zakynthos is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful and popular beaches. Thousands of tourists visit it every year but few know the quite unusual story behind it.

most amazing beaches in Zakynthos 2Navagio beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Zakynthos but not because of its crystal clear water, amazing view and white sandy beach. The reason that this beach attracts so many visitors each year is the picturesque wreck of Panagiotis ship.

most amazing beaches in Zakynthos 11The shipwreck occurred on October 1, 1980 but the reason wasn’t due to bad weather conditions, neither due to a drunk captain but because of contraband cigarettes.most amazing beaches in Zakynthos 5

Panagiotis ship spent the later part of her life as a smuggling ship. In 1980 (during a time of record population lows on the island of Zakynthos), Panagiotis was making its way from Turkey with a freight of contraband cigarettes on behalf of the Italian Mafia.most amazing beaches in Zakynthos 6

The crew was chased by authorities, and so the Panagiotis was detected by the Greek Navy. In the attempt to escape, the ship ran aground in a shallow cove on the northwest coast of Zakynthos, to the north of Porto Vromi, where the crew abandoned her to evade the pursuing Navy. The crew of the ship consisted mostly of Greek sailors, which abandoned the ship immediately but were arrested a few days later.most amazing beaches in Zakynthos 7

The “Shipwreck” over time became one of the most popular tourist destinations of Zakynthos. Legend has it that locals benefited from the ship’s cargo and for the next four years, no legal tobacco product was sold on the island.most amazing beaches in Zakynthos 9

On Wednesday, 9/13/2018, a section of a cliff collapsed onto the beach and at least seven tourists were injured.

“So far, we haven’t found any trapped people but we will continue searching,” a fire brigade official said.

How to get there:

If you’re heading for the wreck cliff top by car – look out for the signs marked “Navagio”.

You can visit the shipwreck during one of your island cruises. Catch the local boat from Porto Vromi.


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  • equinoxio21 October 8, 2015

    Eupharisto for a lovely post. Looks very enticing.
    (Plus I had the pleasant surprise to find an old – lost – friend: West!)
    Take care

    • mocochoco October 8, 2015

      Parakalo! 😉

      • equinoxio21 October 9, 2015

        Parakalo indeed! have a nice week-end.

  • reluctanttoblog January 15, 2016

    I worked in Zante for a season and we used to tell guests that the shipwreck had been put there on purpose to attract tourists. This is a much better story.

    • mocochoco January 15, 2016

      Your version sounds realistic but I love so much the story about the “pirates”…..

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