Navagio, Zakynthos

Navagio, Zakynthos, originally uploaded by RobW_.

Craig’s picture
Ranked #2 in Explore for Jan 22, 2006

Update from Rob

Thanks Russell, for that recognition. The photo shows one of the quintessential tourist sights in Greece, featured on many a brochure and website, the Navagio beach on the west coast of Zakynthos, one of the seven Ionian islands in western Greece. Navagio means “shipwreck?, and gets its name from the wreck of (supposedly) a cigarette-smuggling freighter, which ran aground on this beach in 1977, while fleeing the coastguard in a storm. The limestone cliffs surrounding the beach are constantly eroding, giving the water its brilliant blue hue, and replenishing the beach so that the wreck is now far back in the sand. One may land on the beach by boat, and tens of thousands of visitors do so every year. There is also a viewing platform projecting from the cliff, from where this photo was taken. I have several photos in my Flickr stream (do a tag search on “navagio?), but this one was taken by a friend of my daughters, Craig Damster, who visited us in June 2005.

Thanks, and greetings to you and your readers.
Rob

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2 Responses to Navagio, Zakynthos

  1. Thanks Russell, for that recognition. The photo shows one of the quintessential tourist sights in Greece, featured on many a brochure and website, the Navagio beach on the west coast of Zakynthos, one of the seven Ionian islands in western Greece. Navagio means “shipwreck”, and gets its name from the wreck of (supposedly) a cigarette-smuggling freighter, which ran aground on this beach in 1977, while fleeing the coastguard in a storm. The limestone cliffs surrounding the beach are constantly eroding, giving the water its brilliant blue hue, and replenishing the beach so that the wreck is now far back in the sand. One may land on the beach by boat, and tens of thousands of visitors do so every year. There is also a viewing platform projecting from the cliff, from where this photo was taken. I have several photos in my Flickr stream (do a tag search on “navagio”), but this one was taken by a friend of my daughters, Craig Damster, who visited us in June 2005.

    Thanks, and greetings to you and your readers.
    Rob

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