Zakynthos –Shipwreck Beach

 

The shipwreck is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. In many books and magazines, it is described as the best attraction of Zakynthos and one of the most famous beaches in Greece. On October 1, 1980 a ship named “Panagiotis” carrying smuggled cigarettes and due to the extremely unfavorable weather conditions and a damaged engine, it was off the road and soon fell on the rocks on the northwest side of Zakynthos, finally reaching the center of the coast. Initially, the inhabitants of the island were concerned about the environmental catastrophe that they believed would be created by the specific ship with its cargo, and consequently the tourism of the island.

But shortly after, the hitherto unknown beach called Ai Giorgis, suddenly became an attraction for thousands of tourists and is now widely known as “Shipwreck”. The beach is in an inaccessible place and is accessible only by sea or air. Today it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and the world and is undoubtedly a fantastic place that enchants you with its beauty, however, to enjoy it, avoid visiting it in July or August. Wonderful landscape, against the background of the rusty (full of graffiti) shipwreck and the cliffs, in front opens the large shore with white sand that ends at a beautiful beach with turquoise, crystal clear but very cold and steep waters.

I would say that it is now dangerous to climb on the hull of the ship as some parts of it have rotted and are falling. The beach is accessible only by boat, starting from various areas of the island, such as the city of Zakynthos, Alykes, Agios Nikolaos and Skinari. For those who want to admire the beach with the shipwreck from above about 30 km northwest of the city of Zakynthos going to Volimes near the village of Anafonitria in the Monastery of St. George of the Crimea, there is a balcony -a platform that literally hangs in the gap from where you have the opportunity to admire and photograph the beach from above. The wild beauty of the landscape is truly stunning. The towering white rocks and the clear blue crystal waters compose a unique sight.

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