Well now, -the- standard postcard of Zakynthos view.
Photographed very often, but still, you can't affort to not take pictures yourself, ofcourse. I shared a view on the wreck before, a very different view .
Now another POV, -the view-, from above, taken from a little platform, that is hanging on a cliff above. The shot is taken with my compact @ 35mm equivalent, so the drop is really as big as you see, not an effect due to extreme wide angle. To reach this view from above, follow the road going southwest from Volimes, there should be singposts for Navagio over there. Coming down the road there is a restaurant near the edge, which was closed when I was there. Well...maybe it was even abandoned, the toilets we're still accessable on the back of it, but I have never(!) seen such AWFUL toilets in my life! Everything was ruined, broken and dirty there. So I guess it's abandoned. Now cats found shelter there, atleast there we're a few cats when I was there. Walking from the restaurant to the edge of the cliff, you see a platform hanging on it. (jjbach shot the platform, find it in Navagio section). From this platform, you get this stunning view. Being build strong, it can hold a lot of photographers at a time. You'll see it a lot on photocards and calendars when you're in touristic Greece.
The beach is accessable only by boat, from Porto Vromi to the south, from Agios Nikolaos Port in Volimes to the north-east. Also a lot of cruises coming from Zakynthos Town harbour, anchor there for a while.
How did this ship come there? I wrote about that on
the other post, but I'll feature it here again for you :
Here's the story...
In 1980, a freighter was pursued by the Greek Navy. The crew were suspected of smuggling contraband and the navy chased the ship through the Ionian sea.
Allegedly there was 'wine, tobacco and women' on board and the chase came to an abrupt end when the ship ran aground in stormy weather on the coast to the north of the island at Porto Vromi. [actually more north from Porto Vromi, but you can catch a boat @ Vromi, costs 12 euro if it reminds me well.]
It's a spectacular sight, whether you take a boat trip and swim ashore, or take the serpentine road to the viewing platform above the cliffs.
Zante Shipwreck Timeline:-
1937 - St. Bedan built in Scotts Bowling Yard in Glasgow for J & A Gardner. Launched on Thursday, January 14, 1937 from Glasgow.
1964 - Sold to Greek owners, M. Gigilinis and S. Kakassinas of Thessaloniki and renamed Meropi.
1966 - Renamed Charis.
1975 - Sold by N.S. Kalfas to P. Lisikatos of Piraeus renamed Panagiotis.
October 1980 - Run aground on Zakynthos and abandoned.
[information sources: zanteguru.com & wikipedia]
(in some way, some resources mention 1983 as wrecking date, but as Zanteguru and Wikipedia say 1980, I believe those..)
See map for location, if you like.
started w/ Resize then slightly :
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Black dots on the walls are not due to compression, that is just vegetation growing on the cliff, on some part the vegetation is larger and won't appear as dots.
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magost (616) 2006-09-16 7:49
Amazing point of view!! All in this photo is superb: subject, composition and colors... This beach is spectacular, and, even if light conditions seems not the best, this is a great shot.
And... Thanks for the useful notes!!!
ollie59 (796) 2006-09-16 8:17
whooooh what an amazing shot,makes my stomach jump ,very good colour,nice and clear and a great write up
very well done
arunabha (184) 2006-09-16 8:22
very intersting shot ... I did not know about this before ... your note complement the picture very well ... amazing blue colors !
KellEy (1237) 2006-09-16 11:23
I love this place and only know about it thanks to trek earth.
I really like the strong saturation to bring out the cobalt blue of the water.
agbonavita (0) 2006-09-16 11:51
Man what a beautiful place! The colors of the sea are amazing. You where climb to take this photo? Great perspetie, with this rock wall on the left giving the a ideia of the size and depth of the place.
evagelosm (144) 2006-09-16 12:49
Congratulations about the photo.Nice POV, colours, and depth. The note is very nice and useful too. Just to add something about the story of "Navagio" is that the shipwreck had a positive influence to the beach enviroment: it causes the sand to gather more and more.
Also the captain of the ship is still alive ,living somwhere in Europe outside greece to avoid his arrest (as ia saw on a tv documentary few years ago he was living in Netherlands)
Vertigo (714) 2006-09-16 13:06
nice composition and capture
great colours from this famous beach :)
jmdias (59976) 2006-09-16 20:08
Fabulous colors and POV, this place is really very nice to visit. That strange shapes of the cliffs, the sea around, the blue colors and whites too..
angeliki (211) 2006-09-17 5:50
you are so right about this amazing beach (i haven't be there yet!!!)
but yes it is too photgraphed by everyone i know!!! BUT always a pleasure to look at.
now about your picture is G R E A T!!!
TFS my friend!!
izmirli (3989) 2006-09-17 20:00
very nice nature picture.beautiful beach and blue sea.well done.best regards.
DarkoG (8) 2006-09-18 2:20
Very good photo. Well composed. sharp and crisp colors. Excellent contrast between blue see and gray rocks.
Just thinking that you could crop this green tree brancehes on left edge of photo.
Schultzy (5446) 2006-09-18 13:14
It's indeed THE symbol of this wonderful island. Your POV is original and really impressive.
Congratulations, it's a great shot !
wautersw (3647) 2006-09-18 18:03
hele mooie foto en goed standpunt.
Kleine opmerking: je hebt een paar storende (donkere) pixels in deze foto, waarschijnlijk het gevolg van iets te veel compressie. Je hebt nog ruim 50K over en dat maakt soms echt wel het verschil, vooral in de graad van detail.
Scharan (14144) 2006-09-18 21:53
Gosto muito desta foto, uma composição diferente,a água fica dividida em dois tons de azul lindos. Este lugar é um paraíso, amei.
vbl (1421) 2006-09-19 8:32
I like very much this photo, will it be because I like the heights?:) it praises beach to move away from the world. And that waters down so blue. It transmits many peace
atus (15856) 2006-09-19 19:53
Fantastic shot here from a fabulous pov with great perspective. Very well composed with a good dof and amazing colours. A really postcard shot, compliments!
NellyD (1874) 2006-09-20 18:52
Een prachtfoto heb je hier gemaakt, van een bekende plek voor mij, want ik ben daar een paar jaar geleden ook geweest, met een boot erheen en het wrak van dichtbij bekeken. Dit standpunt van boven af ziet er echt mooi uit. En de kleuren zijn ook erg goed, vooral het blauw van het water, dat springt er echt uit!
Philippe (11836) 2006-09-21 12:33
Dag, Emiel. Een klassieker, maar die steeds bevalt. Hier geef je een goed idee van de hoogte dank zij de boom op de voorgrond. De kleur van het zeewater binnen de kreek is wondermooi en het contrast met het witte zand werkt heel goed.
mfc247 (309) 2006-09-21 13:01
hi Emiel, great shot, i love the POV. The picture is fantastic, a paradise isn't it?.
The note is great too. Congratulations.
cepekdong (3676) 2006-09-25 1:59
what a stunning beach ! the sea on both sides the steep rocks and the strong colours make it a fantastic picture. i like the little white boat on the right side which gives a good contrast to the blue ocean ! great job !
njmv79 (461) 2006-09-25 3:28
very good PoV and perspective, nice composition and colors, well done,
aklanac (264) 2006-09-25 4:24
hey...crazy view...i've though first that you were climbing the cliffs to get to the position. the colors are great, if not the best part of the whole thing, of course except the POV as mentioned! but, did you do some noise reduction? it seems to me that there is not much details on the cliffs in the bacground. the note is phenomenal! TFS, Alan.
sebcz (2345) 2006-09-25 9:44
Well, if you say it is a standard take, that standard somehow missed me:) Interesting shot, it's good you have also a "working" boat together with wrecked one.
Xalkida (11744) 2006-09-28 6:30
All time classic shot from the lovely island of Zakynthos and very well composed. Nice colors and lighting.
vilius (642) 2006-09-28 12:19
Very original point of view, interesting subject and note. What I like most is the colors - contrast of white sand and dark blue sea, also a transition from shallow to deep water. Ship is nicely framed by stone textures with some inclusions of grass. Nice compo with rock separating "outer" and "inner" sea. Thanks for sharing. Cheers - Vilius
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-09-30 13:38
Hi Emiel, each time i see a pic of that site with that POV i can't resist to let a critic, yours is really brilliant, impressive colors and this POV "falling" is huge and impressive.
I would love to see that for real with my eyes.
Thanks for the moment, a pleasure
Be back :)
Persuasor (599) 2006-10-03 14:08
We like the blue sea! And that is what you have given us. Thank you.
Manamo (3708) 2006-10-11 10:09
mmm, this country is soo photogenic!Look at those colors!There is no match for that blue! Your point of view limits the perspective you could give to this one. All you could do was open it as wide as possible and shoot. But still, you took such a nice picture of this paradise! the contrast of the sand and rock with the STRONG blue is very nice. the only thing disturbing for me is the green branches on the right, as if this part of the picture was useless..
Very nice work Emiel,
AB- (41) 2006-10-11 16:46
Excellent viewpoint, the photo is FANTASTIC !
batalay (37449) 2006-10-14 8:08
Spectacular shot, and excellent narrative. So this is not in the Aegean, but in the Ionian Sea, west of the mainland. The idea of standing above so far up on a platform suspended above oblivion is a bit scar, however. What focal lens was the lens, is it extremely wide angle, or is the drop as big as it seems.
Incidentally, the 1600-mm lense you commented about in my photo "Bubble about to Burst," was a Questar telescope, only 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm) in diameter, and about 35-cm long. But with different eyepieces, it gave focal lengths of 3200-mm and 6400-mm, sufficient magnification to make out to count eye lashes a block away. Regards, Bulent
zeca (19762) 2006-10-27 1:30
What a nice picture! The colours are beautiful and this POV is amazing! This is a postcard! An invitation to visit this unique little beach! Well done!
USErin (189) 2006-11-07 16:56
Zakynthos looks like paradise. The water in all of your photos is such a beautiful blue. Its magnificent.
mphotographies (1976) 2006-11-26 21:15
Oh man forget about that toilet experience (I've seen worse), this photo is STUNNING dude! As if you captured it while doing bungy jump! WOW... words can't express how amazed I am seeing such a view! ery impressive shot Emiel!
PJE (20758) 2006-11-27 0:02
Emiel this photo of yours has all the makings of a fantastic viewing. I really love how the rock breaks up the framework and how the boats bring this to scale. Excellent work!
jmcl (14535) 2006-11-27 1:00
You know going back I think I like this view even better than your newer post .. the grass (I think) somehow makes that drop a bit more real) .. and I am as phobic of heights as they come .. this makes me jump just looking at .. pretty amazing photograph.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-12-15 18:51
Cool, what a wonderful place! I have a little problem to look down from altitude, but this is amazing. Such a nice beach.
Nice image with splendid colours,
MLINES (12516) 2006-12-15 20:42
Hi Emiel, Almost getting vertigo from this over-powering POV. Excellent clarity and colour as well as notes telling us about this special place in Greece. Nice work. Murray.
rj2747 (526) 2006-12-15 22:32
As other have commented, you have a wonderful natural perspective here, and you have got the most out of those azure Greek seas as in other examples of your work. A dramatic image, but perhaps could have benefited from a slightly wider angle.
robob (3646) 2006-12-29 12:30
Et bien, voilà une vue plongeante très impressionnante vers cette petite plage. C’est très inattendu d’y trouver là une épave. Cependant, c’est un plus dans la composition de cette photo. Excellente netteté et magnifiques couleurs. Je ne suis pas étonné du succès que rencontre cette image. Bravo !
Avec mes compliments,
cdmonson (4910) 2007-01-01 23:39
I can see why this is such a popular shot. All the same, yours is great. You have the right amount of light--not too strong, but enough to show the details. The color of the water is beautiful as well. The water on the other side of the cliff kind of threw me off at first (I wasn't sure what it was), but I like its inclusion. It might also be a cool picture to crop it out, but I don't think it hurts the picture. Nice job.
EdytaEdi (40) 2007-05-25 15:35
Yeahhhhh it is a very good shot!
The lovely, small beach in the center is the key point. The rock looks dangerous from one site, but from the other - it is wonderful. How did you take it? Super!
mabelle2006 (650) 2007-06-16 16:49
All right, as promised, I do my first comment on your photos and I choose my favorite one! First of all, I just wondered if it was dangerous taking this photo. It really makes me feel dizzy! The POV is so high! I can imagine you leaning over a fence and nearly fall! I like the contrast between the incredible blue of the sea and the white of the sand. The cliff seems to be a huge wall parting the sea in two (that's why I prefer this one compared with this with a narrower angle). And the fact that there is almost no one on the beach is a good thing too! I love wild and calm places not disturbed by human activity.
capthaddock (28790) 2007-06-22 16:12
Hi Emiel - indeed one of the most phenomenal views in Greece, such a pretty cove, good timing with few excursionists visible, enough of them to give scale but not enough to overwhelm the beach (I want to go back to take another photo of this, this time armed with my 10mm. lens so I don't have to stitch anything.)
Ashrain (124) 2007-06-23 13:59
Very nice place, a cliff with a white sandy beach, and the sea. there are many contrasts of colors in this landscape itself, but you succedeed to take all of them with a good result!
marknunnerley (2780) 2007-07-19 2:24
Hi Emiel. A well known famous shot of the wreck. I have been here about 12 years ago by boat. The sun comes round and lights up the water like no other I have seen. Just beautiful. But the water was freezing ;)) If I ever go back I will make the effort to take this myself.
steliosk (4802) 2007-10-11 17:21
I'm wondering when will I go there, to take a picture of it by myself!!
I'm jealous!! :)
xramm (1831) 2007-10-28 5:17
Very good processed image. Excellent POV.
Colors are beautiful,good tones of turquoise blues.TFS
dHitman (0) 2008-08-27 17:34
When I saw this shot from your gallery, I just have to vote for it! It's one of my favourite Greece picture. The blues and colors are just incredible. TFS!
peppe59 (14551) 2009-05-05 10:51
after to have seen this photo they are favorably remained made an impression. Only a word " spectacular " Complimenti from Italy !
AyseGurel (574) 2009-06-22 12:09
This must be heaven!..no more words!
akg (166) 2009-06-28 19:31
extraordinary this is. The colour of water is so deep blue this side in contrast to the silver sand! This top view greatly reveals the dimensions. Wonderful take.
Warm regards, abhijit.
Leconte (5795) 2009-09-02 6:58
profondeur époustouflante, impressionnant !
popsick (635) 2009-09-05 0:28
wow, amazing. very beautiful landscape...
thankx for sharing
borax (1732) 2009-09-27 10:31
The perfect shot of the perfect beach
JodiB (14) 2009-10-13 2:55
Ohhhhhhhh.... I soooooo wanna be there!!!!
Albrecht (11281) 2009-10-21 2:13
Marvellous view; excelent colours and e very special place!
kabe (2011) 2009-11-07 10:43
sta (170) 2010-03-16 5:55
One word, Very unique place.
Bournazel (0) 2010-04-06 2:14
Super cliché avec ce dégradé de bleu !!!!
zipekci (343) 2010-04-20 8:47
very nice capture and ooint wiew...
billakos773 (253) 2010-04-23 7:28
this shot is simply.....amazing!!!
have a nice weekend!!
gakgo (52) 2010-06-20 4:15
there must have been worth to climb; fascinating.
pratiwi (77) 2010-06-28 6:24
I'm speechless. Reading your note and look at the picture once again I feel like I'm absorbed. Nice colours and details. TFS, Imelda
joiseyshowaa (81) 2010-08-09 14:27
Wonderfully disorienting point of view. The different shades of blue up front and behind seized my attention as I puzzled through the framing. Crisp focus and the description was interesting as well.
brech (189) 2010-12-29 14:18
Amazing!!! The POV, colors, composition, and perspective.
I wish I could award more than 2 points!
fds (9150) 2011-01-16 9:11
fantastic pont of view over the very great beach and fantastic colors of the water
selay22 (254) 2011-03-04 1:51
love the deep blue of the sea
and the composition
using the mountains as a frame really worked
ghost_man (1006) 2011-04-01 3:55
david_P (512) 2012-03-06 16:14
Beautiful landscape, great place for Base Jumpers !
livermore (1631) 2012-11-21 14:29
Quelle vue! à vous couper le souffle.
C'est une splendide composition, et les couleurs de la mer sont impressionnantes.
andypwatson (47) 2013-02-24 9:12
This photo has made this place a must visit location for me!
yiannisscheidt (124) 2013-08-28 3:27
Never tired to see this picture, the famous "Shipwreck" of Zakynthos, and every time there is something new to discover and a new "kind of sea colour". Great view and composition, well done!
- Copyright: Emiel Hillege (Emiel_Skyfreak) (3002)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-31
- Categories: Nature, Transportation, Ruins
- Camera: Canon Digital IXUS 50, SanDisk 1GB
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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