Google Zakynthos and the first 1 million pictures (a rough estimate there from me) are of the notorious Shipwreck Cove, or Navagio beach. The myth surrounding its origins are it’s an old smugglers ship that rocked up on the beach, and there are other stories that it’s an old pirate ship. It’s likely it was just placed there to become a tourist attraction, but the smugglers wreckage is a bit more exciting… Nevertheless, it still attracts thousands of tourists each year on boat trips, and this year my boyfriend and I paid up to take one there from Zakynthos town.
We went with a boat company (unfortunately I can’t find their website), which had a glass bottom (although I don’t think anyone spent any time indoors) and it also had seating outside on the roof of the boat. It was quite packed with tourists – and there were a few people who got on last who couldn’t squeeze themselves into a seat. The journey lasted from 1-6pm, with a 1.5 hour drive up the east cost and round the top of Zakynthos to and from the shipwreck to sit back and enjoy. The boat dropped us off at the shipwreck cove, before driving back down past the blue caves to have a look before stopping off at a little seaside town for an ice cream and a sit on the beach.
If you want to go on a trip to the shipwreck beach do your research before your holiday and work our which tour operator to go with. At 20 euros each I think we had a pretty good deal, but if you want longer or less time on the boat maybe look around. Obviously, for higher prices you can be on your own boat, or in a smaller group of people. And – im not kidding – there seemed to be a ‘pirate’ ship that would sail around, and the three times we saw it was constantly blaring the Pirates of the Caribbean theme tune – I hope for the passengers sake they didn’t play it on loop all day.
If you’re thinking of going the one thing to know is that the beach is literally that. A beach. There is nothing there to do other than sunbathe and swim, or take pictures of the abandoned ship. There isn’t anywhere to eat or drink, so if you’re on a day trip make sure to bring your own picnic and water supplies! There aren’t any sunbeds on the island and usually your boat tour will drop you off for 30 minutes – 1 hour, to have an explore and a swim, so it’s not somewhere you rock up for the day.
It really does look impressive when you’re on the beach. The setting of the ship in that cove means that the view you have of the crystal blue water and mountains high up give a really gorgeous view. If you’re feeling adventurous/have strong abs, you can lift yourself up onto the ship to have an explore inside.
Overall, I would definitely recommend going on a trip to visit the Shipwreck cove if you ever visit Zakynthos. However, make sure to do your research on which company to go with, and if you can afford it look into hiring your own boat, or going in a smaller group!
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