Postcard Perfect — By Rachel Greenberg on August 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Navagio Beach, which means “shipwreck” in Greek,  may be hard to get to but that doesn’t mean tourists visiting the island of Zakynthos, Greece don’t flock to it.  Accessible only by boat, the picturesque harbor has a unsavory past.

Although the details have become more folklore than history, it is generally accepted that in 1980, the smuggler ship Panagiotis was on its was from Turkey with a shipment of contraband cigarettes. The Greek Navy caught wind of the ship, and began pursuing it. When the ship hit some rough weather it ran aground on the tiny harbor, and its crew scattered. With no one to claim the ship, it has remained untouched on the sands of the beach ever since.

Now a hot tourist destination, visitors take ferries from nearby cities to spend the day sunbathing and swimming among the wreckage.

Tags: beach, Greece, Navagio Beach, ocean, shipwreck, Zakynthos

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