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Offline Maik

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Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« on: Monday, 25 March, 2019 @ 10:51:58 »
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Navagio Beach on Zakynthos Unlikely to Open for Summer

Zakynthos Port Authority is unlikely to give the green light for the opening of the world-famous Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach this summer after the landslide of September 2018.

It is unknown whether one of the five most popular beaches in the world will receive the hundreds of thousands of tourists that visit every year. September’s landslide has destroyed part of the landscape and makes accessibility difficult.

Zakynthos municipal authorities are working hard to remove the fallen rocks and debris.

So far, the Zakynthos Port Authority is prohibiting access by any kind of boat to Shipwreck Beach as the danger of further landslides remains.
https://greece.greekreporter.com/2019/03/24/navagio-beach-on-zakynthos-unlikely-to-open-for-summer/

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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday, 27 March, 2019 @ 08:29:34 »
That will be a blow to the trip boats, that carry thousands of visitors to the bay. They must have made a fortune over the years.
A lot of erosion of the Katelios cliffs has taken place during the winter and I am concerned about rockfalls. I might make a warning sign!




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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, 27 March, 2019 @ 20:30:14 »
Are there still a few old confiscated boats in the marina across the Drapano bridge? Strand one on Mounda Beach and ship loads of tourists in from Zakynthos to see it.
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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #3 on: Friday, 29 March, 2019 @ 02:10:08 »
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New Safety Measures Announced for Iconic Navagio Beach on Zakynthos

Seven months after a major landslide at the iconic Navagio (Shipwreck) beach on the island of Zakynthos, a plan to manage visitor safety is ready, a geology specialist told Athens-Macedonian News Agency radio “Praktoreio” on Thursday.
https://www.thenationalherald.com/237063/new-safety-measures-announced-for-iconic-navagio-bbeach-on-zakynthos/

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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #4 on: Monday, 01 April, 2019 @ 03:22:35 »
Are there still a few old confiscated boats in the marina across the Drapano bridge? Strand one on Mounda Beach and ship loads of tourists in from Zakynthos to see it.
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OMG! They've only gone and dunnit! It's the Kαπετάνιος Σπύρος (Captain Spyros), an old freighter that brought grapes from the vineyards of Crete to the wineries and distilleries of Patras - and between Kefalonia and the Gulf of Patras unloaded on to a smaller ship counterfeit cigarettes from Turkey to be taken through the Corinth Canal to the bars and nightclubs of Athens. Kef coast guard confiscated the boat back in 1991 and it's been waiting opposite Argostoli to be claimed by its owners since then. Surprisingly, no-one has ever come forward to claim ownership (or involvement) and ever since the boat has been rusting in peace opposite the Drapano cemetery.

According to the official version, the boat broke free of its moorings during this year's unusually harsh winter storms and has been drifting, ghost-ship like, off the Kef coast until it washed up in the early hours of this morning on Mounda Beach. Bound to be a big hit with the tourists, and quite fortunate timing as the first tourists arrive by easyJet and cruise boat today.


The Kapetan Spyros on Mounda beach with Zakynthos in the background

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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #5 on: Monday, 01 April, 2019 @ 08:22:07 »
Nice one Maik! And a happy first day of April to you as well.

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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #6 on: Monday, 01 April, 2019 @ 14:26:23 »


Bugger!! Looks like the bunch who pitch their towels and umbrella two feet from the bottom of my rented sunbed are there already this year!

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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #7 on: Friday, 12 April, 2019 @ 02:24:23 »
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Zakynthos mayor under pressure to reopen iconic beach ahead of tourist season

Local businesspeople on Zakynthos are putting pressure on mayor Pavlos Kolokotsas to allow full access to the famous Navagio (shipwreck) beach on the island’s northwestern coast, where a landslide in September last year injured one tourist.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/239460/article/ekathimerini/news/zakynthos-mayor-under-pressure-to-reopen-iconic-beach-ahead-of-tourist-season

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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #8 on: Friday, 12 April, 2019 @ 10:42:14 »
I thought they had reopened it with no go areas, basically under the cliffs  the main beach being accessible

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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #9 on: Friday, 12 April, 2019 @ 11:38:07 »
Yep, that's the impression I had, Ian. I'm now thinking that was just Plan A.

I think local businesspeople on Zakynthos got a bit worried about the pulling power of Kαπετάνιος Σπύρος
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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #10 on: Monday, 15 April, 2019 @ 23:27:04 »
Sounds like they've agreed to the three zones and the beach will re-open, according to greekreporter.com

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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #11 on: Saturday, 20 April, 2019 @ 20:10:48 »
Bugger!! Looks like the bunch who pitch their towels and umbrella two feet from the bottom of my rented sunbed are there already this year!

Probably won't stop the buggers invading your space but, if ever this covers Kef, it might help your reserve a sunbed: beachdibs.com

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Re: Shipwreck Beach closed for summer?
« Reply #12 on: Sunday, 21 April, 2019 @ 00:31:57 »
Bugger!! Looks like the bunch who pitch their towels and umbrella two feet from the bottom of my rented sunbed are there already this year!

Probably won't stop the buggers invading your space but, if ever this covers Kef, it might help your reserve a sunbed: beachdibs.com

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I see I can get an umbrella, two beds and towels and a bottle of Prosecco at Aperanto Galazio (Infinite Blue) Cuisine Bar on Mykonos for a mere €110 per day. Just booked a fortnight!

Tony