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Coordinates: 37°51′34″N 20°37′28″E / 37.85944°N 20.62444°E / 37.85944; 20.62444

Navagio Beach and wreck of the MV Panagiotis.

Navagio Beach (Greek: Ναυάγιο, pronounced [naˈvaʝio]), or Shipwreck Beach, is an exposed cove, sometimes referred to as "Smugglers Cove", on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece. Navagio Beach was originally known as Agios Georgios. On 2 October 1980, a freightliner, the MV Panagiotis, ran aground in the waters around Zakynthos Island on Navagio Beach during stormy weather and bad visibility. It has been rumored the ship was smuggling contraband such as cigarettes, wine and women.[1] The ship was abandoned and still rests buried in the limestone gravel of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck.[2][3]

The location was prominently featured in the hit Korean drama Descendants of the Sun leading to a surge of interest among Chinese and Korean tourists.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ Dilouambaka, Ethel. "How Did The World's Most Famous Shipwreck Come To Be?". Culture Trip. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  2. ^ Epp, Linda. "Navagio Beach History, Shipwreck and BASE Jumping". Archived from the original on 23 August 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Navagio "Shipwreck" Beach". Navagio "Shipwreck" Beach. I Love Traveling. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Tourists flock to this country to stand where Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo stood in 'Descendants of the Sun'". Allkpop. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ "You'd be surprised by how many real locations made up Descendants of the Sun's fictional country of Uruk". DramaFever. 27 April 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Latest Drama Hit Creates New Travel Boom". The Korea Bizwire. 26 March 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2018.