Greece: How to get to know Navagio Beach on the island of Zakynthos

Greece: How to get to know Navagio Beach on the island of Zakynthos
 

Last updated: 10/11/2019

Check out all the tips to visit Navagio Beach, famous Greek beach that is considered one of the most beautiful in the world! Access requires programming on your part, as it is isolated. The tour is amazing and well worth it.

A NAVAGIO BEACH (SHIPWRECK)

Navagio Beach is a hidden beach on the island of Zakynthos, in the Smugglers Cove area. In 1980, the ship Panagiotis, which was being pursued by the Greek Navy, ended up running aground on the spot. Rumor has it that the ship was transporting contraband, including cigarettes. The captain of the ship denied this, stating that it ended up sinking because it faced adverse situations due to a storm, which greatly impaired its visibility.

Greece: How to get to know Navagio Beach on the island of Zakynthos
Panoramic view of Navagio Beach

The ship was abandoned and to this day it can be found on the beach, well rusted and resting on the white gravel of Navagio, in front of its amazing turquoise waters. The beach is also known as Shipwreck (wrecked ship) precisely because of this event.

Greece: How to get to know Navagio Beach on the island of Zakynthos
The sunken ship is still on the beach

Navagio is one of the most beautiful and photographed beaches in the world and there are two ways to get to know it: from a viewpoint, on top of a cliff, where it is possible to have an area view of the beach and, properly, stepping on your sands. However, it takes a little work to get to the place, since the beach is only accessible by boat.

Greece: How to get to know Navagio Beach on the island of Zakynthos
Navagio Beach, in the background, view from the boat

Read more: 4-Day Zakynthos Itinerary: Navagio Beach and more

 

NAVAGIO BEACH VIEWPOINT

The most famous photo of Navagio Beach is an aerial view of the beach. This area is accessible by a road on the west side of the island of Zakynthos that leads to the site. From Zakynthos Town, the main town on the island, it takes about 1 hour to get there. Follow the Shipwreck Beach signs and you can't go wrong. there is an free parking where you must stop to continue on foot. Continues heading right until you reach an area with a small metal structure. There is the safest area to see the beach, but not the best view. It's really hard to capture a photo surrounded by dozens of visitors eager to take a selfie.

Greece: How to get to know Navagio Beach on the island of Zakynthos
Registering a photo of us at the small viewpoint

To take good pictures of the beach, you need to follow the cliff edge. My recommendation is that you wear sneakers to protect your feet and be safer to walk, because you will have to walk to take good pictures. I saw a lot of people in flip-flops and I don't recommend them. I honestly thought very dangerous take this route. There is no guardrail on site. There is not even a defined path to follow. You need to find gaps in the middle of a low and dry forest to improve the angle of view and be able to take beautiful pictures. You have to be really, really careful, because an oversight, a misstep can be fatal. My intention in narrating this is not to scare, but to warn. I had no idea how dangerous it was to walk there and I wasn't expecting to have to do this walk. I believed that it had structured and safe viewpoints for visitors, but this is not the case. In the end, all the effort is rewarded by a simply incredible view of Navagio Beach!

Tours:

STARTING POINTS TO GET TO THE BEACH

First of all, we want to make it clear that it is not possible to walk between the viewpoint and the beach. Navagio Beach is surrounded by vertical cliffs, meaning the beach is only accessible by boat. Now let's detail 3 options to get to Navagio Beach. In the map below, we have placed all these options and indicated them by colors to differentiate them. Then, we will give you more information on how to get to know the beach from one of these locations.

1. LEAVING ZAKYNTHOS TOWN (NO CAR OPTION)

As Zakynthos Town (also known as Zante) is the largest city on the island of Zakynthos, there is nothing more convenient than staying there. There are many more options for restaurants, shops and tourist attractions than on the rest of the island. Staying there is also a great option for those who do not intend to rent a car, as it is possible to walk to the Port of Zakynthos or there are excursions that pick you up at your hotel. See some options:

* departing from hotels in various cities on the island of Zakynthos

If you have plans to rent a car or ATV to get around the island (inquire about vehicle prices in Zakynthos in this link), here are some cool options for starting points to visit Navaggio Beach:

2. LEAVING FROM PORTO VROMI (NEAREST)

The quickest way to get to Navagio Beach is to take boat trips from Porto Vromi, located to the west of the island of Zakynthos. In addition to the shorter travel time, it is possible to get to know the blue lagoons (Blue Grottoes) along the coast during the tour. Take the opportunity to visit the incredible region of Port Limnionas (Read more at: Greece: Porto Limnionas natural pool in Zakynthos) which is close to Porto Vromi. You can purchase tickets for the boat trip from Porto Vromi in this link, to secure your reservation.

Greece: How to get to know Navagio Beach on the island of Zakynthos
Porto Limnionas is one of the main attractions in the region

3. LEAVING SKINARIS (NORTH OF ZAKYNTHOS)

Another option to get to Navagio Beach is from the north of the island. This option is very nice because you can also take the opportunity to take the tour to the Blue Caves (Blue Caves), which I think is simply unmissable! You need to take a boat to Navagio Beach, go back to the harbor and take another boat to the Blue Caves. The complete visit lasts around 2 hours. I recommend the company Potamitisbros boattrips.

TOURS AND EXCURSIONS TO NAVAGIO BEACH

 TIPS TO VISIT NAVAGIO BEACH

  • When choosing your boat, I recommend opt for smaller boats from one of the nearest ports than the huge double-decker boats that also make the trip to the beach.
  • Avoid mid-day trips (between 11 am and 3 pm), when the beach tends to get extremely crowded. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
  • Avoid going in high season (European summer – between July and August) in addition to everything being extremely crowded, accommodation is usually much more expensive. If possible, also try to avoid the rainy season (October) and Winter (November to March). The ideal is to go during the months of April to June. We went during the month of June and it was great, although it was already quite hot.
Greece: How to get to know Navagio Beach on the island of Zakynthos
Diving into the turquoise waters
  • Navagio Beach is super small and there are no shops on the beach. So, take your water, snacks for when you are hungry/thirst and sunscreen, as the sun is very strong and there are no umbrellas available.
  • I strongly recommend wear rubber beach shoes because Navagio is formed by large white stones that hurt the feet a lot. Also, depending on the time of your visit, it can be very hot and the rocks are very hot, making it difficult to walk around.
  • You boat trips have time to go and time to return. They will allow you to spend around 1 hour on the beach. Take a good look at your boat so you don't get confused and lose it when it's time to return.

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