Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

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Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia22,399 contributions
Jun 2021
Photos of Navagio beach are replicated so much that to come to Zakynthos and not get on it meant to acquire an unclosed gestalt for the rest of your life. The only problem is that the beach is in the northwest of the island, and the capital of the island, where we arrived by ferry, is in the southwest. And there are 80 kilometers between them. And in the evening of the next day we had to leave. It seemed, what is easier? Public transport? It is not very developed in Greece, and even less so in Zakynthos. From the city of Zakynthos to the village of Anafonitria nearest to the beach, a bus runs several times a week, where you can arrive in the middle of the day, but not return, because the beach is located at a distance of 5 km from the village. I didn't have a driver's license at that time, and I didn't want to pay 150 euros for a taxi. It remained to repeat the feat of Phidippides, who ran 42 kilometers between Marathon and Athens to announce the joyful news of the victory of Miltiades' troops over the Persians. Repeat twice. Of course, I am a relatively prepared person, I have skied the 50-kilometer marathon of the Festival of the North 11 times in Murmansk. But 42 kilometers on the highway in summer is much more difficult than 50 kilometers on skis in spring. I was hoping for a hitchhiking, of course. Leaving at half past three in the morning from the suburbs of Zakynthos I reached Navagio beach at half past nine . Partly by car (for free and for money), partly by walking.This is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the bay. there are no buses with tourists at the top and no water excursions at the bottom yet. You can get a photo like on a postcard. The way back was more difficult, because it was necessary to go through the heat. Hitchhiking almost didn't work. Only locals can let you down. Tourists in rented cars flew by. Probably because they don't see themselves in the pedestrian's place. Although anything can happen... On the north-south highway, I caught a taxi, which I was incredibly happy about. At the end of the day, I looked at my Huawei pedometer: 42 kilometers (66 thousand steps) and about 38 kilometers (according to the map) by car. I repeated the feat of Phidippides. However, unlike the ancient Greek hero, I did not run and did not fight and remained alive..
Written May 13, 2022
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The Marrs
United Kingdom622 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Part of a day trip for the family.
The kids loved the speed boat out to the beach.

It was packed, the boats had to queue to dump us off and then move out the way.

The beach area itself, it's not kept well. Full of fag butts, beer bottles, wrappers. The local council needs to get cleaners out there to clean it and enforce fines. It's such a shame. It's a stunning area and more people should visit.

The water is amazing to swimming in but so much engine petrol from the boats. You can smell it on your skin

The locals care more about the money now than the local environment

Written August 29, 2021
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Nikijanes
Brescia, Italy283 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We took a private boat and got there at 9 am. There were a few people already there but no where near the amount of people who subsequently turned up between 9 and 10! Every two minutes a boat dropped off 100 or so people who were fighting to find a place to sit down. It was crazy!
If you go early you get to see the beach in all its beauty but don’t expect the sun to shine until the afternoon when there are far too many people there to enjoy it!
Written August 16, 2021
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Dave
Amsterdam, The Netherlands135 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
After having to go through a que of cars, you get to go in a que of people to get a (as we understood) a very poor angle to take a photograph.
We decided not to go for it because the line would take about 30 to 45min.

We found a small ledge left from the ‘official’ spot, and decided to go there to see if that would work better.

!! It’s not safe !! But man…. you get good photo’s from there!

If you think it is worth the effort it takes to stand in line for a while to get a decent photo at best, I would recommend coming early, around 9 a 10 o’clock.
Written September 8, 2021
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IlianaPY
Athens, Greece82 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Amazing location. Breathtaking view. One of the most beautiful sea accidents in the Mediterranean sea. The shipwreck creates a fairytale scenery, resulting into encountering one of the most -well deserved- famous beaches of Greece.
Written July 30, 2021
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Zangeetha R
Gussago, Italy10 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
The tour was quite okay. The boat was filled with people but we were told to wear our masks at all times. The beach was lovely with electric blue waters but full of crowded people. Not sure of it's Covid friendly as my husband and I were the only ones wearin the masks on the beach. It's worth the visit but due to the pandemic, id be very careful. Btw it's just a beach with an old shipwreck filled with graffiti. Nothing great
Written August 18, 2020
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JackWho
Redditch, UK197 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We arrived by private boat around 10.30am. It was quite busy on the beach and in the water with crowds of tourists. As we got out of our boat a huge tour boat pulled in and dozens more visitors filled the small beach. It completely spoiled the atmosphere.
The beach was crowded and loads of people were swimming. You couldn’t go near the cliff walls due to bits falling so a man with a (almost constant) whistle was ordering people away - including the idiots in the water who swam to the cliff face. We witnessed bits really were dropping and at some force.
There was no pretence at social distancing whatsoever and no opportunity given the crowds.
I can see this would be a wonderful place if you were lucky enough to get there on a quiet sunny day. The water is wonderfully clear, blue and the beach and shoreline are bright white.
We passed by a couple of hours later and there seemed to be a queue of boats waiting to offload and load. Utter madness and not enjoyable I’m sure.
My tip: Take beach/swimming shoes. The white ‘sand’ is actually limestone pebbles and shale. It’s very very sharp underfoot and lots of people were really struggling. It’s not suitable for those with mobility issues!
Hire a small boat for a few hours and share the cost. There are a few other wonderful inlets and coves with stunning beaches just a few minutes away. We found one almost identical - without the shipwreck - and had an hour swimming in crystal clear water only a few minutes up the coast.
We loved that all the small boat skippers took time to collect floating plastic bottles and wrappers they came across. Ours was particularly annoyed with the hooligans on the big boat who flagrantly threw their rubbish overboard.
Written September 14, 2020
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ZurichTraveller71
Winchester, UK68 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Don’t expect to view Shipwreck Beach like the postcard. It was heaving even with Covid-19.
Theodosis Cruises was a small boat (normal capacity 45 but in Covid, 20). The highlight was definitely the blue caves and the big school of fish at the entrance of the caves. This boat could nudge into one of the caves.
We paid 20 Euros each for a 3 hour trip which included 1 hour on Shipwreck Beach and a good 15 minutes snorkelling at the caves.
Written August 19, 2020
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acmiller
Leeds, UK10 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Obviously this is the must see part of the island…having already booked a boat trip we decided to head up by hire car to the viewing point a day ahead and at least explore part of the island, dragging the kids (9 and 12) away from the pool at the villa! We’d heard that the road to the viewing point has been regularly closed of late so we checked with the resort management who, after phoning around a few taxi companies, declared it was open.

We set off from Tsilivi between 8.30 and 9 to try and beat the coach tours, who we understand can cause long queues for the 5 minutes photo opportunity. We were surprised at the lack of traffic on the drive up (although due to covid the island is nowhere near as busy as in pre pandemic times), which was also a better route than expected, given the general state of the roads on the island. When we got within 1.5km of the viewing point, a fire truck had just blocked the road! We were 5 minutes too late! Despite enquiring we weren’t even allowed to walk down…

Clearly this was disappointing as we had been on the road for almost an hour and had checked before we travelled - nothing online or on the road in advance to notify us. They really do need a Twitter feed or something to inform tourists.

Anyway, we drove passed the roadblock to the nearby Monastery of St George Kremnon as at least there were some views of the coastline from the cross, further down past the monastery. From here we could see the viewpoint and the road leading to it. We discovered a pathway through the shrubbery that looked like it might lead to the road…and two of the family decided to give it a go!

Our intrepid exploring paid off as we managed to follow the path for 10 mins or so before reaching the road, well out of sight of the roadblock. The path is easy enough to follow but is steep in places, with overgrown shrubs and loose rocks - not for younger children or those that are a little cautious. There’s no danger of falling down anything steep but it would be easy to turn an ankle or get a few scratches from the bushes.

We followed the road down for another 10 minutes and had the entire viewing point to ourselves. Not another soul in sight! The walk back up the hill and the pathway to the monastery was hard work in the heat but well worth our bit of slightly rebellious intrepidness!

On the way back we drive past another roadblock further up the road in, that had been set up since we had come through. If we had been blocked here we probably wouldn’t have stopped at the monastery as you would need to turn around and follow an alternative road route, that we spotted on the map afterwards.

So, if the road is blocked off when you get there and you are prepared to risk circumventing the roadblock - head to the monastery and look out for a path just past the small chapel not far from the big cross. Good luck!
Written August 25, 2021
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Losha K
Utrecht, The Netherlands5 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Simply astonishing view! Me and my girlfriend took an hour (!) long trip to visit the Shipwreck Beach viewpoint, but it was absolutely worth it! We went at 8:30PM, which is the exact time the sun fades away into the horizon and this gives the most beautiful perfect-picture of the beach, PLUS there was almost no one there! No long waiting lines to take a picture, I think there were 10 people at the whole place. There is a platform made for pictures, but like everyone says this is not the best place as your view is limited. Just right of the platform there is a rocky trail which gives way for some daredevil cliffs, but they do give the best view of the ship and beach, so if height isn’t a problem for you definitely go there. The water is beautiful and the view is something that takes your breath away, a must for everyone traveling to Zakynthos. Unforgettable!
Written August 4, 2021
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