Dimitrios Shipwreck

Βαλτάκι, Greece

Shrouded in mystery, this rusted freighter appeared on Valtaki Beach—five kilometers (three miles) north of Gíthion—in 1981. The more colorful story goes that the vessel was being used to smuggle cigarettes, and was torched to hide the evidence. But another version claims that the freighter was basically abandoned at Gíthion’s port by its owners, after which it swept loose and eventually washed ashore at Valtaki Beach, where it took up permanent residence. Either way, the Dimitrios makes a striking landmark along this shoreline, where swimmers and sunbathers gather on golden sands.

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