Below is the classic view of ‘Shipwreck Beach’ or Navagio Beach in Zakynthos. You may recognise a picture similar to this from your desktop screensaver, travel brochures or just any travel blogger!
This spot is now one of Zante’s most popular destinations and attracts thousands of people every year, whether it’s people going to the viewpoint (like myself) or arriving on the beach itself by boat. You can’t go between the viewpoint (the top of the cliff) and the beach, therefore if you want to visit both you’ll have to do 2 separate trips.
There are so many companies that will offer boat tours to the beach, you can either book online or if you’re already in Zante if you walk through any town I’m sure they’ll be advertising one of the boat trips there. I personally wasn’t interested in viewing the shipwreck this way as I’ve heard it’s not worth it. Apparently you aren’t there for long and the beach is very overcrowded. I know this is the only way to see the shipwreck up close, so if that’s something that interests you then maybe a boat trip may be the right option for you.
If you want to see the beach from the cliffs above by visiting the viewpoint more than likely you’d need to have a hire car, unless you pay for a taxi. If you just search for ‘shipwreck viewpoint’ on google maps it takes you to a little car park at the top. From here you are then right by the official viewpoint. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect with this, but it definitely did shock me.
As you can see from the image above, it’s basically a slight ledge with bars for security. However, the view you can get from this point isn’t quite as good as the ones you may see all over social media!
You have to almost lean right to the edge just to be able to try and see the shipwreck.
Basically, if you want to get a better view you’ll need to walk along the cliff on a rocky path. This path wasn’t signed when I was there, but I had previously heard about it and saw a couple head along it whilst I was at the viewpoint itself. In order to see the beach more and get a better photo opportunity, I would recommended following this rocky path. However, please do be careful and don’t go right to the edge as there are no barriers to protect you if you slip, and rock faces are known to collapse (this literally happened last year here). Obviously your safety should be first!
When walking along this path it’s basically just rocks as shown in the picture above. You don’t need to wear any particular footwear, the majority of people seem to fear flip flops and manage fine. I would say it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk along this path. However, if there’s a lot of other people or if you’re having to negotiate letting people past in the opposite direction then it could take longer.
Best time to visit?
We arrived here around 8:30am in order to try and miss the crowds. I personally would recommend this time, the only downside is the bay is mainly covered by a shadow. It’s still an amazing view, but you don’t get to see the turquoise colours in the sea with the same intensity. If you visit later on in the day the scenery may looked prettier, however more than likely you’ll be fighting with a lot more people to try and get a good photo.
Also, you’ll probably want to check the weather beforehand. You won’t get quite the same view if it’s cloudy and raining!
If you’re visiting the island of Zakynthos, I would recommend visiting this iconic location. If you want any more recommendations of where to visit on this island check out my other blog post here on Zante.