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The iconic Shipwreck Beach in Zante will be more restricted this summer

You'll find all information about the drastic measure in our blog.

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Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Beach, is THE most famous attraction on the Greek island of Zakynthos/Zante. It could previously be reached by excursion boats, which many tourists gladly took advantage of and paid a visit to the famous shipwreck.

This summer, however, it will be more restricted than it has been before.

How come?

After a site visit, the Anti-Seismic Planning and Protection Organization (OASP), which is dedicated to protecting people from the consequences of earthquakes, decided that there was an increased risk of landslides due to the erosion of the surrounding cliffs. The local authorities followed the recommendation and announced the bay will be closed to tourists. After a meeting of the regional council yesterday, it was announced, though, that there will be access, only restricted.

Here is what we know so far:

  • Boats won't be able to stay for 6 hours, but 2 hours. Tourists will be able to disembark, there will be a green zone, where people will be able to visit.

  • The zones and their safety will be revisited every six months.

  • According to the total number of tourists allowed in the green zone at a time is 258.

Have there been any critical incidents before?

Yes, back in September last year, a boulder fell into the bay after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake. Even then, the beach was already closed, as was the access road to the vantage point above the bay.

Is the ban forever?

Not necessarily. The condition of the bay is now examined twice a year and a new recommendation is made.

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