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Coordinates: 37°51′34″N 20°37′28″E / 37.85944°N 20.62444°E / 37.85944; 20.62444

Navagio Beach and wreck of the MV Panagiotis.

Navagio Beach (Greek: Ναυάγιο, pronounced [naˈvaʝio]), or Shipwreck Beach, is an exposed cove, sometimes referred to as "Smugglers Cove", on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece. Navagio Beach was originally known as Agios Georgios.

On 2 October 1980, the coaster MV Panagiotis, ran aground in the waters around Zakynthos Island on Navagio Beach during stormy weather and bad visibility. Some rumours claim the ship was smuggling contraband; however official sources did not confirm this, and the captain was not convicted for such offences. In fact, after the captain alerted the authorities, 29 locals were convicted of looting the cargo and valuable equipment from the wrecked ship.[1] The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in the limestone gravel of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck.[2][3]

The location was prominently featured in the hit Korean drama Descendants of the Sun, leading to a surge of interest among Chinese and Korean tourists.[4]

The beach was briefly closed in 2018, and swimming and boat anchoring were forbidden, after a cliff collapse above the beach dropped a large amount of rock.[5] The beach reopened and anchoring is permitted, but with restrictions out of concerns over future landslides.[6]

Also in 2018, the beach was named as the world's best beach in a poll by over 1,000 travel journalists and professionals.[7]


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  2. ^ Epp, Linda. "Navagio Beach History, Shipwreck and BASE Jumping". Archived from the original on 23 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Navagio "Shipwreck" Beach". Navagio "Shipwreck" Beach. I Love Traveling. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Latest Drama Hit Creates New Travel Boom". The Korea Bizwire. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ keeptalkinggreece (14 September 2018). "Zakynthos Shipwreck beach closed until 'further notice'. What's next?". Keep Talking Greece. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  6. ^ GCT (23 September 2018). "Navagio Beach reopens to the public for first time since landslide – Greek City Times". Greek City Times. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  7. ^ worlds50beaches (27 November 2018). "The World's 50 Best Beaches 2018". The World's 50 Best Beaches. Retrieved 27 November 2019.