Navagio Beach: Part 1

September 9, 2014

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Navagio Beach, aka Shipwreck Beach, is an extremely popular tourist site located on the northwestern coast of Zakythnos, one of the Ionian Islands of Greece.   Named after a shipwreck that occurred in the 1980s, many locals insist that the shipwreck was a carefully planted tourist attraction.  Despite the Ripley’s Believe It or Not factor, this beach is beyond amazing and well worth an addition to any bucketlist!

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The beach can only be accessed by water or base jumping, if you’ve got big enough cojones! Although, another option to capturing a more panoramic view of the beach and all its gloriousness is by driving up to the cliff that sits right above the beach.  I’m definitely no expert when it comes to visiting Navagio Beach but try to avoid tours if you can! This world wonder deserves hours of your time and most tours are going to limit your experience. (I witnessed bus after bus pull up, only to allow each passenger minutes to snap a few shots. Booooo!).

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Additionally, you can trek about 20 to 30 minutes to a point just to the right of the cliff for a different perspective BUT  beware, appropriate attire is necessary!  This hike can definitely be done in less time but most tourists,  like myself, didn’t get the garb memo.  I think I was going for death defying chic with this look!

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Greece has so many wonderful treasures to explore and Navagio Beach is no exception.  It’s pretty easy to see how this marvel consistently makes its way to lists for Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches!

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