The setting sun is more than just a daily ritual—it’s an example of just how beautiful the natural world can be. When people are lucky enough to marvel at the sun dipping below the horizon, the display is celebrated as more than just another day passing into night. It brings people out to watch, tour operators plan entire trips around the sunset and the transition inspires art and entire festivals. They say that no two sunsets are ever the same. Whether it’s the colors, the clouds, or the scenery each one has something unique about it. Here is a list of world’s best sunset:
Canals of Amsterdam
With over 400 bridges arching over its romantic canals, Amsterdam has plenty of “perfect” spots to watch the sunset.
This small Icelandic town is situated between a mountain range and a lava field making for some intense background scenery as you watch the sun fall below the horizon.
Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles
Sitting on the beach watching people play miniature golf with the lights of a ferris wheel reflecting off of the breaking waves under a California sunset…indescribable.
Taj Mahal, India
Any time you think of the Taj Mahal you are probably thinking of a clear blue sky with lots of tourists. And of course, it’s great to see during the day, but it’s when the sun starts receding that you want to really make sure you have your camera.
Lake Annecy, French Alps
This popular tourist destination high up in the French Alps has been voted Europe’s cleanest lake, which isn’t too hard to believe when you see the setting sun’s rays reflecting off the water.
The Florida Keys
The sunset at Key West is so magnificent there is a nightly festival to celebrate it. Each evening locals and tourists from around the world head to Mallory Square two hours before the sunset to enjoy local musicians, street performers and food vendors. When the time comes, the sun dips into the Gulf of Mexico in a magnificent array of pink and orange, while the crowd watches in awe.
Bora Bora, Tahiti
The words Bora Bora immediately conjure images of a crystal clear lagoon with private over-water bungalows and mountaintops lining the background. Another thing Bora Bora is well known for—unbelievable sunsets. Either watch from the island or take a champagne sunset cruise and enjoy the spectacle out on the water.
Famous for distinct architecture and sunsets that will blow you away, Santorini is a volcanic island set amid the Aegean Sea. Check out the black sand beaches of Perissa, but when it’s time to watch the sunset visitors say you’ve got to get to the town of Oia for the very best view—even better if you can manage to get up high on the cliffs or out to sea on a boat.
This tropical paradise is made up of more than 1,000 islands, 200 of which are inhabited and 105 of those are resort islands. Set amid coral reefs, white sand beaches and spectacular sunsets, the Maldives has something to offer every traveler. Dive in the clear waters surrounding the islands, take a seaplane to look at the islands from above or sit back and enjoy the stunning sunsets.
Once again we find ourselves in the Mediterranean, this time however in the boot of Italy, where Puglia’s unspoiled beaches, rocky cliffs, and quaint towns all combine to assure a unique and memorable sunset.