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Beach in Greece Among Top 10 of the World

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The Greek beach of Navagio has been listed as the seventh best in the world. Credit: Dronepicr / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0

A beach in Greece has been named among the top ten in the world. Navagio Beach, named after the ship that was wrecked there in 1983, secured seventh place in Big 7 Travel’s list of the 50 best beaches in the world.

Navagio Beach is situated within a secluded cove on the Greek island of Zakynthos. It is well known for its turquoise waters and stunning scenery.

It is one of Greece’s most photographed beaches and has been featured as the backdrop to several music videos.

Navagio Beach is listed among the best in the world

Navagio Beach was listed alongside a myriad of stunning beaches across the world, but the spectacular Greek beach on the island of Zakynthos beat off stiff competition to secure a place in the top ten of Big 7 Tavel’s international list.

Among the top ten were beaches situated in the Philippines, Colombia, St Lucia, Zanzibar, Australia, Seychelles, the Turks and Caicos, Vietnam, and, of course, Greece.

Securing the top spot was White Beach, Port Barton, in the Philippines. In second place was Cabo San Juan Beach in Colombia, and in third, was Jalousie Beach in St Lucia.

Beautiful but troubled

Navagio Beach is well known for its beauty, but one of Greece’s most “Instagram-able” spots is not without its fair share of problems.

Earlier in March of this year, the authorities announced that the iconic beach will remain closed to tourists this summer for fear of landslides.

The decision to prohibit access to the Navagio beach was recommended by a team of experts from the Anti-Seismic Planning and Protection Organization (OASP), following a visit to the site on March 8th, as part of a regular safety check.

The OASP team said there was a significant risk of landslides due to the erosion of the surrounding cliffs.

“The safety of residents and visitors is above everything else and the decision was taken taking into account the new scientific data of the OASP and its President, Professor Efthymios Lekkas, given the large number of visitors in the area during the tourist season,” Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias said.

Navagio has already been off-limits to locals and visitors since last September after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake caused large rocks from the surrounding cliffs to fall into the bay.

In 2018, seven people were injured in a landslide on the same beach. At the time, Greek authorities shut down the beach, and it remained off-limits for tourists until April 2019.

The safety of the beach will be reassessed twice a year.

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