The smuggler’s cove is the most famous attraction in Zakinthos

Rusty ship of smugglers

The most popular attraction in Zakynthos, in the Greek Ionian Islands, is Navagio Beach, whose rusty wreck and special location are of interest to tourists. The small beach, hidden by high cliffs, is already a special destination in itself, but the wreckage and the mystical story associated with it add to the beach’s appeal.

Known as the wreck cove or the Smugglers’ Cove, the beach got its name from a shipwrecked in 1982. According to the stories, the ship now covered in rust was used by smugglers when the engine was damaged and a Panayiotis ship loaded with illegal cigarettes destined for the Italian mafia drifted ashore.

The beach is conveniently located in the embrace of high cliffs and tourists do not visit there by chance. Navagio Beach is only accessible by boat and there are plenty of guided tours. In summer, the beach is teeming with visitors.

The landscape can also be seen from above, as there is a great Viewpoint on the cliffs surrounding the cove, where you can visit, for example, by car or bicycle along winding mountain roads.

See pictures of Zakynthos’ famous Cove of Smugglers!

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The boat trip to the Cove of Smugglers is quickly broken thanks to the spectacular scenery.
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In summer, the beach is crowded, but outside the holiday season it is peaceful.
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The best way to visit Navagio Beach is with a cruise that is organized in abundance.
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The rusty wreck can also be seen on top of the cliffs.
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Inside the wreck is a collection of stones collected by visitors.
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The wreck in the middle of the light landscape stands out from the view.
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Visitors have left their mark on the wreck of the ship Panayiotis.
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Navagio Beach is not a sandy beach, but there are small white rocks on the beach.
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The white beach combined with turquoise seawater makes the cove popular.
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The best way to get to the wreck is by boat.

Text and photos: Inka Khanji

The journalist took part in a press tour organized by the city of Zakynthos in October 2016.


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