There’s something so satisfying about watching the sun dip down in a final blaze of glory. And there’s no better place to catch one than on holiday. Cue smug picture post alert. Whether it’s the colours, the setting or the backdrop, every sunset is unique. So, where are the best spots for a sundowner display? Here’s our top 5…
This white-washed town on the Greek island of Santorini clinches our top spot. Sunsets are big business here and it’s no wonder. Oia’s dizzying cliff-top spot means you get amazing views of the Aegean Sea when it blushes a deep rose-pink. It’s such an event, spectators usually break into a round of applause. Our tip? Arrive early for front-row seats at one of the sea-facing tavernas.
Watching the sun set anywhere in Africa is definitely up there, but watching it on safari in the Masai Mara is something else. Kenya’s famous game reserve is known for having the best photographic light in the world and come sundown, it showcases the beauty of the landscape a treat. If you’re lucky enough, you might even see one of the Big Five silhouetted against the burnt-orange skies.
The masses may come to the land of fire and ice to clock the spectacular Northern Lights show, but the sunsets here are just as otherworldly. You can catch plenty of dazzling displays from cosmopolitan Reykjavik, but the lava fields and mountain ranges surrounding Grundarfjordur – just north of the island’s cool capital – make for an amazing backdrop.
Heading to the Algarve? Don’t miss the chance to see the sun go down at Europe’s most south-westerly point, Cabo de São Vicente. This 75-metre wind-whipped cape rises up almost vertically from the Atlantic and has a definite end-of-the-world feel – in fact, the Portuguese once believed it was. As you watch the skies burn red, you can almost hear the sun hiss as it hits the water.
Sunset in paradise, anyone? Mention this group of exotic atolls floating in the Indian Ocean and trademark white sands and world-class coral reefs are the things on most people’s minds. But these castaway islands also throw in picture-perfect sunsets. And when viewed from a private water villa built over the ocean, well, even better.
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Author: Jenny Childs
Published: March 3, 2015
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