If you already saw this amazing picture below and thought that this place could not be real, sorry but you were wrong. This amazing beach it is called Navagio Beach or shipwreck beach and it is the most famous place at Zakynthos Island. In this article you can check out how to get there, and what to do.
Zakynthos is a Greek island, the third largest of the Ionian Sea. The harbour city of Zakynthos is the capital. Popular beaches like Agios Nikolaos, Alykanas and Tsilivi offer swimming and water sports. Accessed by boat, Navagio beach is the site of a famed 1980 shipwreck resting in a sandy cove framed by cliffs.
How to get there
The best way to get there from Athens is by plane. The journey takes around one hour, and you can buy the tickets through Aegean Airlines or Olympic Air . During the summer period Zakynthos is directly connected to many European cities, as London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and others. There is also another option that might be cheaper, but much longer: you can take a bus from Athens, the company which do the journey is KTEL to the port of Killini or Kyllini – this journey takes about 4h30. From this port there is a ferryboat to Zakynthos, which takes one hour. The bus costs about € 26 and the ferryboat € 7.50.
From Italy, you can also take a ferryboat with departures from the port of Venice, Trieste, Ancona, Bari and Brindisi.
Once you get there you need to have in mind how you are going around. The best way to know the island is renting a car. Zakynthos has a lot to explore, and if you have your own car, you have more flexibility. Inside the airport there are a couple of car rental companies.
Where to stay
After the car, you have to think about where is the best place to stay. This part it is really relative, because depends on your priorities. If you like beach, but you can also enjoy the night you should stay near the capital, but if your priority is enjoy the day, it is recommended stay quite far away from the city, mostly if you want to go more then one day to the Navagio beach. Near the port Agios Nikolaos, it is one of the best places to stay. You cannot found resorts, but there are a couple of very good hotels, and they are not expensive. The port is located approximately 32km northwest of Zakynthos City, and from this port you have boats every hour to the Navagio Beach. Check out some hotels through booking.
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck)
Another advantage of stay near Agios Nikolaos is that you are just about 15 minutes far from the famous point where you can have the Navagio Beach view from above. It is breathtaking. It is important to have in mind that there is no access from the view to the beach. To go to the view you need to drive from the Agios Nikolaos port towards the top of the Mountain around 15 minutes. There some signs along the road showing the direction. The best moment to go there is near 12h when the sun is on the top of the sky, because the colour of the sea is a kind of fluorescent blue.
In terms of access to beach, the only way to go is by boat. From the Agios Nikolaos port the journey by boat takes about 30 minutes, and usually you can stay around 1h o 1h30 in the beach, and you have to take the same boat to go back. On the way back, some companies stop inside of the blue caves to swim around 10 minutes. It is incredibly beautiful.
It is important to have in mind that all tourist wants to go there, so usually from 11:30am to 2pm the beach is crowded. If you prefer something calmer, you have to decide if you want to go in the first boat around 9am or in one of the last boats around 2pm.
Besides Navagio Beach
The Navagio Beach it is incredibly beautiful, but is not the only beautiful place in Zakynthos. The island has a lot of amazing places to explore. And one of those places is Porto Limnionas . It is one of the most hidden places and maybe for this reason it is so beautiful and wild.
To get there you have to pass through the mountains village of Agios Leon and from there following the signs, driving down the road running down to the sea and ending in a small square where you can park. There a good restaurant on the top of the rocks, and it is a good place to have lunch. The restaurant also rent some umbrellas and chairs placed in a terrace, near the steps craved on the rock, which is used to access the natural pool.
Another place to visit is the Marathonisi Island in the turtles’ bay close to Limni Kerì’s beach. It is now one of the areas where the Caretta Caretta turtles go to breed.
With a little bit more structure, in terms of place to buy snacks and umbrellas and beach chair the Makris Gialos beach is a good place. Not far away from Agios Nikolaos beach; it is a calmer place, where you can stay longer comfortably. Near Makris Gialos, just 5 minutes away, you can go to the Xigia Beach. Beautiful and calm, a very good place to stay if you don’t mind the smell. The beach here is naturally beautiful, a small bay set between the cliffs, with turquoise waters, and a very Caribbean style. The natural spring water flowing into the sea here is filled with collagen and sulphur – great for your health and really relaxing to float about in.
Those were just a couple of tips based on a personal experience in Zakynthos. If you are planning to go there, find out more information about the island here.