Navagio Beach | Zakynthos | The World's Most Famous Beach and Shipwreck
Updated: Sep 13
George Papadellis | SG Head
Navagio Beach is a world-famous beach on the east side of the island of Zakynthos, near the mountain village "Anafonitria". The beach setting consists of crystal clear blue waters, white sand, impressive steep cliffs and a half-submerged ship's trunk, the Navagio Beach Shipwreck. Access to the beach is by sea only, by private boats or boats that depart daily from the city of Zakynthos and neighboring Porto Vromi.
The beach, whose normal name is Ai-Giorgis, was formed by the landslides of the last 100 years. According to residents, the beach in 1900 was very small with black stones and then gradually became a first beach to the point where the shipwreck is today and then the current one.
Locals say that the Navagio Beach Greece Shipwreck happened in 1980. The ship was spotted by a marine patrol boat and was found carrying smuggled cigarettes. The ship was wandering for three days due to bad weather conditions between Kefalonia and Zakynthos due to mechanical failure. Eventually, the ship ran aground at Cape Schinari and the crew remained locked in a cave for two days.
Afterwards, crossing an inaccessible mountainous area, the crew arrived in the Community of Volimi, where they informed the Police Station about the incident.
At first, residents were alarmed by the environmental disaster they believed would create the ship with its cargo, and the economic disaster they thought would cause the island's tourism.
But a short time later, the shipwreck became an attraction for domestic and non-domestic tourists, and it became one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and in the world.