One of my favourite parts of exploring is finding a good view to sit and admire the beauty surrounding me and think wow…
I knew where this spot would be on the Greek island of Zakynthos so I hired a car and headed off to Navagio Beach.
Zakynthos, otherwise known as Zante, is the most southerly of the Ionian Islands. With green valleys and lush picturesque countryside the drive to my destination was an enjoyable one.
Zakynthos is one of Greece’s largest olive oil producers and the drive through the shaded olive groves was a pleasant rest from the midday sun. Olive oil is a key source of income for the local farmers. With around 1,700,000 trees the islanders are kept busy collecting the olives around the month of November. They each take the picked olives to their local processing plant. Here the traditional manner is still used to make the oil.
A quick stop off for lunch in the capital town of Zakynthos.
An earthquake in August 1953 along with fire and tidal waves destroyed the old town. Its history and architecture was lovingly rebuilt by the Zakynthos people to replicate the original buildings that once stood. Today they blend into the hills around as if they had always been there.
I recommend Ammos Taverna in Ammos square for a delicious freshly cooked fish dish. Overlooking the harbour and shaded under the eucalyptus trees it makes a tranquil setting to dine. You are made very welcome and the owner happily chats away about his family owning the Taverna for 80 years, rebuilt by them after the earthquake. In the town you can find many interesting things to do. The Byzantine Museum can be found in Solomos Square, further along in the medieval square of St Mark, Solomos Museum with the impressive tombs of Dionysios Solomos and Andreas Kalvos are worth a visit.
Time to head back to the car and carry on to Navagio Beach.
The Greek way of enjoyment, restoring a VW Beetle.
Located on the north-west shore of Zakynthos is Navagio beach, now famous for the shipwreck it’s also known as Shipwreck Cove or Smugglers Cove. The story told that the ship was being chased by the Navy in 1980 due to suspicions of contraband, wine and woman on board. The ship hit rocks in the stormy weather and eventually lay to rest on the beach. The isolated cove is sheltered by the limestone cliffs hosting stunning white sand and crystal clear waters.
There are plenty of boat trips to the shores of the shipwreck, leaving you to explore the wreckage, swim in the turquoise sea or relax and enjoy the sun, but I wanted to take in the view from up above. Ship wreck (just under the bushes on the left) surrounded by sun seekers.
The car park was easy to find and there was plenty of space to park. You will find an information centre a few stalls selling drinks, olive oils, and local produce. I made the short walk to the viewing platform to see what it was all about… I wasn’t disappointed.
I left the busy viewing point and walked along the cliff edge to take in more of this spectacular sight.
There are lots of pathways along the cliff edge. So you can walk and explore the cliffs at your own pace. There is no way down to the beach. Jumping is not recommended.
I find a quiet spot and sit down on the rocks, it’s here I will leave you whilst I admire the view…. Wow…