It’s a holiday cliché but nothing stirs even the surliest soul quite like a good sunset. There’s something about seeing the clouds turn shades of pink, purple and orange that prompts us all to reach for our cameras and start snapping, and you needn’t be the world’s biggest romantic to appreciate a good glow. Here’s our pick of the best places in the world to watch the sunset.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio is one of the world’s most vibrant cities at any time of day but Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer look even more majestic under the orange light of sunset.
Gaudi’s colourful architecture contrasts beautifully against Barcelona’s fiery sunset but you’ll need to get high above the packed city streets for the best view, spanning the whole of Barcelona and the blue of the ocean beyond.
Santorini is widely renowned as the best sunset spot in the world and it’s a well-deserved title. Head to Oia to catch the perfect shot of purple skies, inky waters and whitewashed villas set into dark cliff sides.
New York, USA
Twice a year New York plays host to a phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, with the sun perfectly aligning between buildings to create the city’s most spectacular sunset of the year. Those who aren’t lucky enough to be in the city to witness this event will still find incredible sunsets illuminating the iconic skyline year-round.
Taj Mahal, India
The Taj Mahal is a sight to behold at any time of day but the white marble mausoleum becomes even more entrancing when bathed in the soft orange glow of an Indian sunset.
Grand Canyon, USA
The Grand Canyon sits atop many a bucket list and the rust red rocks illuminate come sunset. Hopi Point is popular with tourists on sunset trips but Yaki Point, Yavapai Point and Mather Point offer equally stunning views with far less crowds.
The Serengeti, Tanzania
The Serengeti National Park is home to lions, zebras, elephants and giraffes but when the day draws to a close, the sunset over the park plains attracts almost as many gasps as the wildlife.
The shadows of golden temples against a bold umber backdrop is a sight unlike anything you have ever seen. Sunset over the temples of Bagan tends to attract a crowd, especially at the popular Shwesandaw Pagoda, so head to the lesser known Shwegugyi Temple for a more authentic experience.
Isle of Skye, UK
The scenery of the Inner Hebrides is almost other-worldly and sunset over the seascape is truly spectacular. Watching the sun drop behind the hills and the skies turn a rainbow of colours is made even more thrilling thanks to the island’s remote feel.
Big Sur Highway 1, USA
Highway 1 is one of the most scenic drives in the world and a Californian road trip affords you some of the most incredible sunset views stateside. Hairpin bends suddenly give way for the most breathtaking views; a melee of rugged cliffs, expanses of sky and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.
When did you last see a sunset that took your breath away?