This summer, we may not even get to see one of Zakynthos' main attractions.
The Greek island of Zakynthos is a favorite among many Hungarians, as it is also flown by cheap and low-cost airlines, and is even easily accessible by car. If you search for the island, you can find countless pictures of a sandy bay with an old shipwreck in the middle, and this is not a coincidence, because Navagio Beach and the wreck of the 43-year-old ship are among the most visited places and the most photographed tourist attractions on the island, as it takes you Travel companies regularly undertake excursions, and many shipping companies have even built them to show visitors the attraction from the sea. However, this work will soon stop, as the ship's condition has deteriorated significantly in recent years and the sea is slowly eating it away.
the euronews According to his report, the wreckage is the remains of the ship MV Panagiotis, which ran aground in 1980 and about which there are many rumors. According to the most common story, the ship was carrying contraband and its crew was caught in a terrible storm while trying to escape a pursuing navy. The ship has remained untouched since it ran aground, but in 2022 a landslide occurred in the bay, caused by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake between Kefalonia and Zakynthos. At that time, tourists were prohibited from entering the beach, so the wreck could only be viewed up close by being close to the water. But in recent days, a post has appeared on Instagram showing how the ship's condition has deteriorated over the past decade due to weather factors.
Residents and tourism operators called on the authorities to try to protect the wreck, given its tourism importance, but there were also those who offered to fund the preservation of the tourist attraction with their own money.
If you're planning to visit the island this year despite or because of the news, watch this video to get to know Zakynthos better before your trip:
(Cover image: Zakynthos. Photo: GettyImages)