The simple things in life are some of the best and when is that more true than when watching a glorious sunset? Mother Nature puts on the show once a day but it’s never quite the same; that’s why we’ve picked some of the best sunsets around the world including some classics and some unexpected spots to inspire a spot of wanderlust… What are the best sunset you’ve ever seen and where did you see it?
Cable Beach, Australia
Spanning 22km, the golden sands of Cable Beach is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. It is found in Broome, on the north-west coast; a portion of the country that receives dramatically fewer visitors than the bustling east coast! With the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean lapping onto the sun kissed shores, there’s no better place to be to enjoy an Australian sunset, especially when a line of camels amble past too. With such a huge beach to wander, you are almost guaranteed to find a quiet spot to enjoy this simple pleasure on your own!
Grand Canyon, USA
A visit to the Grand Canyon would be impressive at any time of the day, year, or your life. Visit in time for sunset however and it will be transformed into something all the more spectacular. The rich copper of the canyon burns brighter with all shades of red and orange as the sun casts it shadow across the rocks. Whether you opt for south rim or north rim, you can’t fail to be disappointed here but do bear in mind that Hopi Point, a popular spot, will be crowded!
Kumharas, San Antonio Bay, Ibiza
Dubbed a sunset restaurant lounge, Kumharas restaurant in San Antonio Bay, Ibiza is one of the very best places to watch the sunset from this blissful summer haven. With a castle turret forming the bar, day beds and couches to sit on and live music to set the tone, as well as variety of performers, bohemian Kumharas is the very best place to be when the sun drops below the horizon in Ibiza.
Montmartre, Paris, France
In the most romantic city in the world, a sunset view over Paris from the steps of Montmartre would truly be the cherry on top of a trip here. Montmartre is actually the name of a hill and surrounding district and at a height of 130m the views of the city are never ending. The beautiful Basicica Sacre-Coeur which sits on top of the hill is just another string to the bow here.
Giza Pyramids, Egypt
Naturally the Giza Pyramids attract crowds but time your visit just before the sun goes down and it will be slightly less busy, allowing you to view this ancient world wonder in all its glory. You won’t be able to enter the pyramids at this time as they often close between 3-4pm but this will be one sunset you wouldn’t forget in a hurry so it makes up for it!
Iceland is renowned for its untouched natural beauty, prevalent across the extent of the country. Grundarfjordur is exceptional however therefore if you manage to time your visit to coincide with a breathtaking sunset, it’s all the more special. Remember that during the month of June, the sun never fully sets as this is the ‘Midnight Sun’ period.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Most of us dream of going on safari one day and what better destination than the famous Kruger National Park in stunning South Africa? Dusk is one of the most popular times for game viewing so get the best of both worlds and you watch the Big 5 as the blazing suns sets on the horizon.
Santorini, Greek Islands
You could choose any of the Greek Islands for an idyllic summer sunset but Santorini is perhaps one of the best choices. The view point at Oia Castle which looks straight out to sea is a popular spot, but that means you will have to share the experience with plenty of other holiday makers. Why not hire a car and find your own secluded spot instead?
Queenstown, New Zealand
I think you would have to look pretty hard to find somewhere with an ugly sunset in New Zealand; after all the country is gorgeous! Queenstown however, a truly charming town surrounded by imposing mountains and with Lake Wakatipu taking centre stage, the sunset is the icing on the cake.
Actually lying in the Arctic Circle, Lofoten is an archipelago of Norway. A natural beauty spot famed for its whale safaris it also makes an unmissable location to watch nature’s greatest show! Visit during the colder months before the snow has thawed and the sunset will be all the more spectacular.