From contraband smuggling to sudden cliff crashing, Navagio, also known as Smuggler's Cove or Shipwreck Beach, is shrouded in legend and speculation.
Cast away on the west coast of Zakynthos, surrounded by electric blue two-toned water, chalky white coves and a shallow bay reflecting gleaming pigments of white sand, Navagio is one of Zante's most diverse beaches. This inconspicuous limestone-caked beach is only accessible by boat and is also home to one of the most famous and photogenic shipwrecks in the world.
According to legend, the ship once smuggled contraband such as cigarettes, wine and even women before running aground on the shore. Hedge your bets by searching for treasure in the deserted shipwreck, or even explore the Keri Caves on this idyllic island.
Recently, Shipwreck Beach hit the news for a cliff collapse, destroying two boats and injuring seven tourists. The beach's peaceful atmosphere, loved by tourists and immortalized in a Bounty Chocolate advert, was shattered as crowds had to be hurled onto boats to flee the island last week.
The beach is currently closed to tourists, but is expected to reopen. The cliff collapse will most likely only add to Navagio's mystic.