COME SEE Belvedere Sunset Spot, Ios, Greece.

BELVEDERE SUNSET SPOT: THE GUIDE

REGION: South Aegean.

ACCESSIBILITY: Car, Scooter, ATV or Local Bus.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: End of peak season | Late August – End of September.

LOCATION: 2 min drive & 6 min walk from Chora | See location on Google Maps

TIME REQUIRED: 30 mins – 1hr

TOURIST RATING: 5/10| No way near as busy as the 4 churches hill for sunset

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BELVEDERE SUNSET SPOT: THE EXPERIENCE

As told by jackie Te-Aroha

I fucking love watching the sun set. It may be the grandma in me but it makes me feel sooo much gratitude for my life and the opportunities I’m afforded including the ability to travel so freely throughout the world. After visiting 4 churches hill (Panagia Gremiotissa) and the secret spot behind the Ampitheatre (Odysseas Elytis) we were very excited to find this one. It was like the third box ticked that solidified Ios as an amazing sunset destination for us!

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You can see Belvedere from the other sunset points but google isn’t very forthcoming with information about this spot so I used my navigational skills to pinpoint it on maps. We drove to the very back of the Chora Hotel – Agean Simplicity hotel and parked our hire car up along the wall. There’s a small staircase at the end of the road which takes you directly up to the Belvedere Church.

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It was a short 2 minute walk to the top and to our surprise there was no one there, just us and a few butterflies. The church is perched right up at the highest point of the hill and overlooks Chora to the right, Mylopotas Beach to the left and the port out in front. We had a quick suss then took advantage of having this cute little space to ourselves by setting up the tripod and getting our vogue on!

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As the sun neared the horizon a few other people arrived. We didn’t mind so much though because we could see the crowd building across the way felt blessed that it was nothing like that here.

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We climbed out along a rock and watched the sun sink below the horizon. We then waited for the sky to turn Zades favourite kinda purple before calling it a day.

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If you have a couple of days in Ios then we definitely recommend adding Belvedere to one of your evening itineraries. Then once your done marveling at this incredible planet you can head back down the hill and into Chora for dinner. You absolutely have to try the Indian at Mozaik and Thai Smile, for… well Thai, duh. Both bomb spots oh… and another reason why we loved Ios!

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