Navagio Beach: The Shipwreck Beach in “Descendants of the Sun”.. and other beaches at Greece

Fans of Korean drama “Descendants of the Sun” must have been wondering… where is that Shipwreck Beach? Does this place really exist?

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Scene from “Descendants of the Sun”

The scene of the Shipwreck Beach was shot at Navagio Beach in Greece.

Navagio Beach is an isolated sandy cove on Zakynthos island in Greece. It is often referred to as the Shipwreck Beach because of housing the wreck of a ship called Panagiotis.  The shipwreck happened in 1980 after the boat hit the rocks in bad weather while being pursued by the Greek Navy for suspected smuggling of contraband cigarettes.

Here are some photos of Navagio Beach from the web.

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Navagio Beach [Image Credit]
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Navagio Beach [Image Credit]
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Navagio Beach [Image Credit]

How to get to Navagio Beach?

The same way as Captain Yoo Si Jin – by boat.

You could take a boat from Zakynthos, such as at the port of Porto Vromi or at Volimes. According to travelogues, the boat trip is quite touristy, where you will get off the boat and have 20 minutes to take photos at the beach.

Are there other beautiful beaches in Greece?

Of course. There are many public and private beaches at Greek Islands – and of course beach clubs too where you could party day and night.

Here are three favourites from me:

#1: Hydra

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Hydra Beach

Hydra is a small town that is a boat road away from Athens. This small sea town has a number of rocky pebble beaches. An interesting note is that there is no car in Hydra. You can only explore the town and beaches by foot and it is not uncommon to see donkeys carrying guests’ luggages for those who are staying at the town for the night.

#2: Red Beach, Santorini

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Red Beach, Santorini

There are more than 10 beaches in Santorini that you could spend the week just beach-hopping. I went to three beaches and after a while, they all felt the same… My favourite is the Red Beach – which is known as such due to the red volcanic pebbles.

The beach is accessible after a short hike and is very crowded. The cliff side view is amazing. Given that it’s a pebbled beach, it would more comfortable to laze on the deck chairs rather than on your towel though!

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Close up of the pebbles at the Red Beach in Santorini

#3: Perissa Beach, Santorini

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Perissa Beach, Santorini

Perissa Beach is also known as the Black Beach because of its black sand. It is a lot less crowded than Red Beach and Kamari Beach (another Black Beach nearby). Therefore, if you are looking for a quiet beach to sunbathe, Perissa would be a good choice.

For a fake shipwreck…

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A restaurant at Mykonos with a fake ship

Haha, the Salparo Seafood restaurant at Mykonos boasts a coastal view and a fake shipwreck. A good replacement if you don’t have time for the real deal at Navagio.

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