The Top 20 Spots to Watch the Sunset

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The earth is an incredible place, vast deserts can turn into jutting alpine peaks in a matter of miles. Ice cliffs split sending glaciers into the ocean, tectonic plates shift building and levelling mountains… the world is ever reforming, but nothing changed quite like the sky.

With the seasons, the steel grey of a British Winter to the impossible jay-blue gradient of a Hawaiian summer. The reviving splash of white in an early sunrise and the deep technicolour mottle of the days end. The sunset is where the sky comes to life, exploding in hues of pink, purple and red. For the sun worshipers and horizon chasers out there, here is my definitive list of the top spots to watch the sun set, worldwide.


1) Uluru, Australia

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To watch the deep red glow slowly slide behind Uluru is something spectacular. The sacred sandstone rock, standing almost 350 meters from ground level, deepens to black as the sun silhouettes it illuminating the skyline. As with many sacred monuments, climbing Uluru is discouraged, but fear not, the best sunset spot is with Uluru between you and the sun, as you can see from the above image.


2) The Taj Mahal, India

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As the sun sets over India, the architectural masterpiece the ‘Taj Mahal’ takes on nothing short of a magical transformation. The red shades bleed into the building, encroaching on each magnificently ornate tower. The reflection in the pools between you and the palace deepen with the added color, blackening the structure on the surface, an absolute must see moment.


3) Zanzibar, Africa

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The island of Zanzibar is unarguably absolute paradise, but don’t call it a day before sundown, this is when the true magic happens. Be at the Easterly facing beach and catch the sea as it glows blood red mirroring the sky, take it all in, don’t blink.


4) Atacama Desert, Chile

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Although we have managed to source the only image that has plants in it, the Atacama Desert is so dry it has been featured as the surface of the moon in films and is a death trap to unprepared explorers. With immense tempreture comes immense sunsets, watch the South American sun wobble in the rising heat as it dips below the horizon.


5) Maasai Mara, Kenya

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Now you’ve got to time this just right. The sun is not hard to miss, an African sunset is huge, blood red and I think we can all agree, incredible. To really appreciate the wonders of a safari sunset, try to line up some giraffes or lions between you and the sun… you’ll find this is not as easy as you might think.


6) Grundarfjordur, Iceland

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Sandwiched between a lava field and a towering mountain range, the sunset at Grundarfjordur is almost as hard to handle as pronouncing the name of this small town in Iceland.


7) Sagres, Portugal

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Sagres is Europe’s most South Westerly point, sporting magnificent cliffs and an impressive reputation among horizon chasers. At and night of the year small crowd can be found watching the sun go down along the coastline.


8) Bagan, Burma

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Shwesandaw is known as the “sunset” point. A viewing area where tourists and locals alike clamber each evening to experience Bagan’s famous sunsets blotting out the temples among the trees.


9) Pfeiffer Beach, California

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Known as the ‘Keyhole Sunset’, just as the sun sinks into the sea a bar of warm red light rises through this seemingly perfect place in the rock formations around Pfeiffer Beach. An incredible moment worth of your sunset Bucket List.


10) White Desert, Egypt

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Don’t miss the sun dropping behind these surreal but wonderful rock fomations in the White Desert of Egypt. The heat and humidity point to an amazing sunset, the icing on the cake is to be able to see these goliath monuments silhouetted against a soon-to-be night sky.


11) Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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The temple of Angkor Wat, as featured in several movie sets including tomb raider, is an amazing day out, but a more impressive day’s end. The megalith monument towers deep and black blocking out so much of the sky, but something you must know about a Cambodian sunset is that it seems to go on forever, so don’t worry there’s plenty to see.

12) Swiss Alps, Switzerland

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The Matterhorn is a permanent 4.5 thousand meter snow and rock feature of the Swiss Alpine skyline, and does it make an impressive feature in a beautiful sunset.. Why yes it does.


13) Cairo, Egypt

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An incredible sight in the day, the pyramids offer the most amazing front-drop to an Egyptian sunset. Position yourself just right and you can catch a shot of the sun perched right atop of the great pyramid itself.


14) Bora Bora, Tahiti

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I’m going to give it a guess and say you’ve already heard of Bora Bora. Have you heard of Bora Bora as the sun goes down, no? Well feast your eyes on this and buy that ticket, an amazing sight in one of the world most famous places to relax.


15) Port Waikato, New Zealand

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Well to start with you want to be standing on Sunset Beach in Port Waikato, around say 6.30 to catch the, you guessed it, sunset. Renowned as the best place in Kiwiland to watch the sun sink into the ocean, this often clouded area is sure to throw come incredible colours your way.


16) Hawaii Island

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Some say Kauna’oa bay is the most beautiful beach in the US, and it doesn’t half have some amazing sunsets to back that one up. Sit back, relax and be amazing after all that’s what Hawaii is all about right?


17) Grand Canyon, USA

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A road trip destination for tens of thousands of horizon chasers every year, the Grand Canyon is sure to never disappoint. As the sun goes down, licking up the orange rock walls that make up a wonder of the world, watch the world around you burst into flames. Metaphorically that is.


18) Lofoten, Norway

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Now Norway is a different world altogether. With months of sunlight at a time, and the Polar-night where the sun doesn’t rise for months, a true sunset is a rare but beautiful thing.

The Northern Lights, a playful crackle of green and blue light, takes place in this unique spot of Scandinavia.


19) The Sahara Desert

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The world largest expanse of sand sure has some tricks up its sleeve at the end of the day. Watch the sun illuminate the vast petal-like edges of dunes and the wind ripples in the sand as it lights the world up in a deep blood red.


20) Bali – Indonesia

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Bali is almost a perfect sunset guarantee, whether it’s a clouded array of pink and red or a slow red ball slowly submerging itself into the sea, you’re not going to be disappointed. The personal point of some of the best sunset of my life. TraveleZe



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