Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach)

Accessible only via boat, this popular beach on the Ionian Sea is an iconic destination off the south coast of Greece. Known for its crystal-clear azure waters framed by jagged rock formations,┬áNavagio Beach┬áis also known as “Shipwreck Beach” and “Smuggler’s Cove” because it is the resting place of the Panagiotis, a shipping vessel that washed ashore in 1983. Despite its remote locale on the northwestern coast of the island of Zakynthos, this beach is highly popular with tourists, so it is best to visit in the morning before it gets too crowded. There are tour companies on the island offering daytrips to the beach from tourist areas such as Planos and Zante Town, though some tours are only offered during the high season from April to October. For easy access to the tours, stay at traveler-approved hotels, such as Lesante Blu and Contessina Suites & Spa.