Zante Sights - Shipwreck beach - Holidays in Zakynthos
Shipwreck beach - Zakynthos Greece
The shipwreck is without a doubt the most famous sight in Zante. It also gets referred to by its Greek name "Navagio", as well as "Smugglers Cove".
Most visitors to Zante have already seen photos of the shipwreck before they arrive on the island, as it is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. This picturesque beach gained prominence when a boat was shipwrecked here approximately 20 years ago, after hitting rocks in bad weather. The boat was trying to flee the Greek Navy as it had contraband cigarettes on board; fortunately none of the crew was injured in the shipwreck.
The shipwreck lies in the middle of a beautiful white pebble bay, surrounded by white cliffs and blue water that looks like bleach has been added - the colour is certainly impressive.
Shipwreck beach can be appreciated in two ways: either by taking a boat trip or by viewing it from above; there is no direct access to the beach.
Boat trips depart from many points on the island, such as Skinari, Alykes, St Nikolaos harbour, Zante Town and make for a memorable, enjoyable day out. The viewing platform is near the village of Anafonitria and is accessible by car, where there is plenty of parking and it is well sign posted. One thing is sure, the Shipwreck is not to be missed - and whichever way you choose to see Smugglers Cove you are guaranteed not to be disappointed - it really is breathtakingly beautiful.