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!
Text and photos: Inka Khanji
The journalist took part in a press tour organized by the city of Zakynthos in October 2016.
Source: Rantapallo.fi – Suomen suosituin matkailumedia by www.rantapallo.fi.
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