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A Greek Beach Among the 5 Most Photographed on Instagram

Navagio beach Zakynthos
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A recent study of the most “Instagrammed” beaches in the world revealed that Greece’s Navagio Beach, located on the island of Zakynthos, lands in the top five., analyzed over 26 million Instagram hashtags to identify the most picturesque and beautiful beaches in the world.

The most Instagrammed in the world

The study ranked the popularity of beaches according to the number of Instagram posts made of them per meter of beach. According to the hundreds of thousands of posts of beaches on the social media site, Bali’s Kelingking Beach is the most popular beach in the world.

Kelingking Beach, Most Photographed Beaches in the World
Kelingking Beach, the world’s most beautiful beach, according to Instagram users. Credit: Shrigusti/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

The stunning Indonesian beach uploaded the most times on the platform per meter was Kelingking Beach. The beach itself stretches along only eighty meters (262 feet) of Nusa Penida in Bali. Despite the holiday spot’s relatively small size, Kelingking Beach has more than 338,193 photos of it on Instagram, meaning that for every meter of the beach there are 4,227 pictures uploaded to the site.

Of course, that might have something to do with the fact that the cliffs surrounding the beach look like a Tyrannosaurus rex opening its mouth!

The findings also showed that half of the world’s most popular beaches to immortalize in picture form are located in Europe. However, the second most-uploaded beach could not be further away, in Sydney, Australia.

Bondi Beach, beautiful beaches of the world
Sydney’s Bondi Beach at sunset. Credit: Sardaka/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

Bondi Beach ranked second on the list with a mammoth 1,000 meter (3,280,84 foot) long sandy crescent-shaped cove attaining 1,776 pictures per meter posted on the website. The beach’s name comes from the Aboriginal, meaning “water breaking over rocks,” and calls to both Sydney city-dwellers and tourists alike.

One of the two most fashionable beaches is Railay Beach in Thailand with 587 pictures posted per one of its total 450 meter (1476 foot) stretch of sand. Finally, rounding out the top five most popular beaches is Tropea Beach in Italy with its length of 115 meters (495 feet) accruing around 423 photos per meter.

That beach is closely followed by Navagio Beach on the island of Zakynthos, Greece, a gem that features towering cliffs and an abandoned shipwreck.

The list, which outlines the top twenty beaches posted on Instagram, features spots found the world over. This includes countries which may come as no surprise, such as beaches in South Africa, Spain, and Portugal, but also some more unexpected picks. Beaches in England, Canada, and Wales also feature on the list despite these not being among the first destinations that come to mind for a holiday lounging on the beach.

Greece’s most popular beach on Instagram

The most exquisite beach in Greece features a stunning stretch of fine white sand which is 182 meters (597 feet) long; a staggering 403 pictures are posted on the social media site for each meter of the beautiful bathing spot.

navagio beach greece
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Navagio Beach was originally known as “Agios Georgios Beach.” On October 2, 1980, the freightliner MV Panagiotis ran aground in the waters around Zakynthos Island during stormy weather and poor visibility. It has been rumored for years that the ship was smuggling contraband, including cigarettes and alcohol.

The Panagiotis was abandoned after running aground, and because of the extraordinary difficulty that would be involved in salvaging it, it still rests half-buried in the limestone gravel of the beach, which is now known worldwide by its nickname “Navagio,” or (“Shipwreck”).

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