The most famous beach in Zakynthos, Navagio beach, with its clear waters and the historic shipwreck lying on the sand, has attracted thousands of foreign and Greek tourists over the years.
Recently, there were reactions following word about an old local family that supposedly owns the property titles to the area surrounding Navagio beach and is considering to sell it. Howver, property titles for the beach itself belong to the Greek Church.
According to Greek news, the Public Revenue Service of Zakynthos has filed a 9 million euro contract and 400,000 euros as a deposit for the transfer tax, however, the tax service claims that the property is worth double its current value.
The company that is allegedly planning to buy the area around Navagio beach is an international real estate company related to the Emir of Quatar, while the seller is the last descendant of an old noble family of the island, who have owned the titles since the 17th century.
On behalf of the Greek Church, Bishop Chrysostomos of Dodona said that the Church does not intend to abandon its rights to the region, noting that the issue was already being examined by the legal councilors of the Metropolis of Zakynthos.
The area that has attracted investors belongs to the Monastery of Agios Georgios Krimnon and includes the famous Navagio beach, noted the Church
Bishop Chrysostomos said that the process of transferring the property to an investor is at an early stage and that there are many loose ends. In any case, he noted, the church is closely monitoring all new developments.