12 Incredible Sunsets from Around the World
There’s nothing quite like relaxing and taking in a stunning sunset. Around the world, there are various areas and look out points that truly deliver an amazing sunset spectacle.
Below, we look at 10 of the best locations around the world to enjoy a sunset…
Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
In the Northern Territory of Australia lies Uluru, also known as the famous Ayers Rock, an instantly recognisable symbol of the Australian landscape. A World Heritage Site, it is claimed that Uluru has been around for over 500 million years and it is officially the largest monolith in the world.
There are several designated viewing platforms that have been built into the dunes to provide panoramic views of the magnificent landscape surrounding Uluru. The sun sets between 6.00pm and 7.40pm, dependant on the time of year and a number of tour operators offer prearranged sunset tours of Uluru that will make it easy to get the best views.
Mallory Square, USA
Equally popular with locals and tourists alike, Mallory Square in Key West is another location that is renowned for its sunsets. From this pretty spot in Florida, the sun dips into the Gulf of Mexico and this combines with great food vendors, sticky cocktails and street performers to make an unforgettable experience. The party happens every night between 5.30pm and 8.20pm, but try to get there an hour before sunset to grab a good spot at the bar.
Although best seen at sunrise, the Matterhorn, an alpine peak in Switzerland, is also breath-taking at sunset. For a great view, make the trek across to Monte Rosa over the Gornier Glacier and settle in for a spectacular sight. The sun sets between 4.50pm in the winter months and 9.30pm in the summer months.
Masai Mara, Kenya
There can be nothing more thrilling than the combination of a wildlife migration and a spectacular sunset and in Kenya’s world renowned Masai Mara, this is exactly what you can get. Rhinos, leopards, elephants, lions and buffalo become more active at night and visitors can watch their silhouettes moving across the setting sun.
Being so close to the equator, there is no bad time to view the sunset in the Masai Mara; and the sun will set between 6.20pm and 6.40pm regardless of the time of year. To make memories that are certain to last a life time, why not arrange to take a sunset safari through this beautiful area?
Accademia Bridge, Italy
Venice in Italy has a reputation as a great romantic city break destination, so where better to watch the sun’s dying rays while you snuggle up to someone special? Stretching over Grand Canal is Accademia Bridge, from which the final flickers of light can be seen dancing across handsome historic architecture.
The sun sets here any time between 4.25pm during winter and 9.05pm during the height of summer in June; however, for a slightly more ethereal experience, visit during autumn. In autumn, the fog settling in over the bridge transports the viewer into what appears to be a scene from a black and white mystery movie.
Gay Head, USA
At Gay Head, the sun plays with colours and shapes while the viewer is almost surrounded on three out of four sides by water. Situated in the popular Martha’s Vineyard area of Massachusetts, the view of the Atlantic Ocean from Gay Head is almost unparalleled.
Over 10,000 years previously, the last glacier in North America disintegrated here and left clay deposits and boulders behind that add interest to an already amazing scene. The sun sets between 4.12pm and 8.20pm but no matter what time of year you visit, the cliff-top lighthouse adds a unique charm to an already glorious scene.
Pre Rup, Cambodia
Pre Rup in the Cambodian area of Siem Reap is very popular with tourists thanks to its splendid temples. During sunset, the west facing reflective pools catch the enchanting reflections of these beautiful structures and become streaked with red from laterite and brick. Visit between May and October, when glowing rice paddies give the fields the look of golden pathways.
Mount Haleakala, Maui
Maui’s Mount Haleakala is a very popular place for watching the sunrise; however, there are far fewer people around at sunset and this makes for a better overall experience. Watch the clouds as they burst into different colours, moving between blue and green, to orange and then fiery red, when the sky eventually resembles a bed of glowing coals.
Vairou Bay, Bora Bora
On the beautiful Bora Bora island in Tahiti is Vairou Bay, whose glittering waters with distant view of Mount Otemanu provides a grand backdrop to a sunset at any time of year. The island has four resorts, each of which is perfect for a romantic getaway and the sunset is also spectacular from any of these vantage points.
Setting between 4.30pm and 6.00pm, the sun provides balmy weather all year around in Bora Bora, so there is no preferred time for a visit. As the sun streaks a myriad of colours across the sky, relax on the beach with a chilled margarita and share in a singularly unique experience.
Pfeiffer Beach, USA
California’s Big Sur is home to Pfeiffer Beach, which is situated in the National Forest of Los Padros. It is locally popular but less well-known amongst tourists and this makes for a less crowded viewing experience. The sun sets between 4.50pm and 8.30pm and watching the sun set through ‘the door’ is magical.
The ‘door’ is essentially one of the many sea stacks that litter the ocean, but in this one, a hole through the middle gives it its name. At sunset, the rays of light cause the rock to glow and the door appears as if it is a gateway that leads to another world.
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