Navagio Beach or Shipwreck Beach, is an exposed cove, sometimes referred to as “Smugglers Cove”, located on the northwest of the island. On October 2, 1980, a
freightliner, the MV Panagiotis, built in Scotland in 1937, ran aground in the waters around the island right on Navagio Beach after stormy weather and bad visibility. There have been lots of different contradicting stories claiming the ship was smuggling contraband cigarettes, wine and women, along being affiliated to the Italian Mafia and ran aground being chased by the Greek Navy but recently, MV “PANAGIOTIS” Captain Charalambos Kompothekras – Kotsoros released the real story about what really happened, so if you want to the know the truth (well, we’ll just have to assume it was the real captain that wrote it) then click HERE.
The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in white sandy dunes of the beach that now holds the famous nickname Shipwreck beach, and what makes it look like something off a postcard is the sheer limestone cliffs that define the area, white sand beaches, and clear blue water, which attract thousands of tourists each year. The strip of beach is accessed only by boat. Regular tours to the beach depart from Porto Vromi to the south, and from Agios Nikolaos and Cape Skinari to the north-east.
There are several view points that look down over the cove if you don’t want to go all the way to the beach, that way you can still get yourself that famous picture!