Our top 10 sunset hotspots in the world

For me it is quite amazing to think wherever you are in the world you are witnessing the same burning sun dip below the horizon. Yet the same sun setting each day offers a unique moment, special to you. Sunset is one of my favourite times of the day – a moment to reflect on the amazing things you’ve seen on holiday that day and to think about all the exciting things you are still yet to do. And surely there is nothing better than a refreshing, thirst quenching sundowner admiring the vista.

This is my collection of some of the best places in the world to sit back in awe and watch some remarkable sunsets. If there is ever a list of top places to see before you die, make sure these ones are at sunset and preferably with a sundowner in one hand!

Santorini, Greece

This beautiful island in Greece is renowned for its stunning sunsets. The combination of the sun hitting the coast and the white wash buildings in the quaint town of Oia is breathtaking – not to mention the atmosphere as the crowds of visitors accumulate to find the best spot.

santorini

Benirras Beach, North Ibiza

This particular location comes alive on a Sunday evening – with its chilled bohemian hippy vibe. Expect to hear the ritual of bongo drummers, drumming down the sunset, as the crowds look out at the striking rock of Cap Bernat when the sun glows and dips behind it.

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Shirley Heights, Antigua

Again it’s all about the Sunday party! Arrive for a rum punch or 2! Plenty of jerk chicken and lots of reggae tunes.

shirley-heights

Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia

The sunrises and sunsets over Uluru are simply magical, as the sun’s intensity hits and illuminates this impressive rock – it’s a spectacular lightshow!

uluru

Big Sur, California, USA

California dreaming indeed as this coastline offers spectacular views and incredible sunsets. When staying at the Post Ranch Inn, in Big Sur it was the perfect spot to explore the coastline and enjoy the sky light up in orange each night.

big-sur

Ipanema Beach, Brazil

This iconic beach is picture postcard especially when the sun is setting – beachgoers often applaud the sunset in the summer months.

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Masai Mara, Kenya

African sunrises and sunsets are a photographer’s dream as you can often capture the natural spectacle at its best.

masai-mara

Sahara Desert, Morocco

The dunes of Erg Chebbi near Merzouga have the highest and most spectacular sand dunes in Morocco. Take a camel trek over the dunes and watch the sand colours gloriously change as the sun slowly disappears leaving a star filled sky.

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Jimbaran Beach, Bali

Jimbaran is an idyllic bay with beautiful white sandy beaches. This tiny fishing village has a cluster of delicious seafood restaurants – which are great spots for watching the Balinese warm sun disappear for the day.

jimbaran-beach

Grand Canyon, USA

With some of the world’s most unforgettable views the Grand Canyon is a splendour as the sun’s glow changes the colours of the beautiful sandstone from deeps reds to flaming oranges. Head to the north or south rim for the most impressive views.

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Diana Cherry is Director of Operations at Oxford Private Travel.

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  1. Jane says:

    Hi Diane,
    Thanks for a really heartwarming article. I particularly liked to read that people actually applaud the sunset at Ipanema Beach!

  2. DeniseM says:

    Yes, Santorini for sure! In the dunes of Erg Chebbi near Merzouga I was as well but unfortunately during a sand storm, so no sun at all, not during sunset and not during snrise.

  3. Glenn muller says:

    Stunning sunset at Jimbaran Beach, even though I found the surroundings dirty and full of litter- not to mention the over-hyped and prices seafood.

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