Our week on the Greek island of Zakynthos was primarily for relaxation, but what’s a holiday without a bit of adventure?
I was desperate to visit the iconic Navagio Beach, also known as Smuggler’s Cove and Shipwreck Beach, but unfortunately due to horrific stormy weather most of the trips for the week were cancelled.
We spoke to out TUI rep about getting a taxi to the viewpoint instead, but at €100+ for a return journey, we couldn’t quite justify it. Our next option was quad bikes, which are available for rent in every commercial Zakynthos town.
“There’s only one road” they said. “You can’t possibly get lost” they said. What an outright lie! We managed to get lost many times, but luckily this worked in our favour because we found the most gorgeous beach to spend a quiet half an hour.
As we didn’t have the most amazing beach at our resort, fresh white sand and crystal clear waters with a distant view of Kefalonia was the perfect stop for a little break.
On part two of the journey to the Smuggler’s Cove viewpoint, we realised the fuel gauge was broken as we suddenly broke down half way up hill. Thanks to the nice Greek man, we were directed us to the nearest petrol station, which by some luck was only 300 metres away.
Thankfully after that things began to go more to plan, and we spent the next hour or so drifting up through the mountains with the sun above us and not a cloud in the sky.
On the way, we even discovered a gorgeous little orange juice bar with unbeatable views.
A few hours later than planned, we finally made it to the viewpoint, and it really was something else. I have never seen such blue, glistening waters in all my life.
I can see why Shipwreck Beach is such a key tourist attraction in Zakynthos, but unfortunately as it’s only accessible via boat you have to go via an organised excursion to get there.
For me, the viewpoint in a sense was even better as I was able to sit on this gigantic cliff edge (at a safe distance!) looking down at the beautiful aqua blue mass beneath me.
The best spot for photos is hard to miss – just look for all the tourists with the selfie sticks!
After an ice-cream stop, we hopped back on our quad with the intention of heading back to the resort. But of course, we decided to go another way to see more of the island.
Half an hour later and a seriously steep decline down towards the ocean, we found ourselves at a Porti Vromi, which is a dead end. A very stunning dead end, but a dead end nonetheless.
Unfortunately, our quad wasn’t really powerful enough to get back up the hill successfully. It took a fair few goes and plenty of pushing!
But it doesn’t end there, because on the way home we drove about five miles in the wrong direction, passed Tsilivi and straight towards Zante Town.
It was another eventful day, but what an adventure! After eight hours on the road it’s safe to say we were in desperate need of a hot shower, a glass of wine and a very large meal.