Nothing beats the feeling of experiencing a magnificent sunrise or sunset. We have selected a handful of destinations where the transition between day and night is particularly exceptional.
A beautiful sunset is indeed magical to watch, but in certain places, it is visually extraordinary. In this article, we have listed several destinations that are in themselves well worth a visit, as well as for the incredible hotels in the areas!
Santorini remains as one of the most magical islands in Europe. This volcanic island lies in the southern Aegean Sea and is a part of the archipelago and prefecture of the Cyclades. It is iconic for its white buildings, that are essentially clinging to the steep mountainsides. The view is unbelievable – and this also applies to the sunsets. The experience to watch when the sun disappears on the horizon while the white buildings are coloured in pink, orange and red is magical.
The Grand Canyon National Park is an incredible place with its breath-taking valleys, plateaus, and rivers stretching through an area of almost 5.000 km2. Over the years, the Colorado River has created a unique terrain. The Grand Canyon is also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is worth a visit with or without the sunset experience.
Have a look at the best hotels near the Grand Canyon here.
The lush island of Madeira, in the Atlantic Ocean, is located north of the Canary Island, offers a pleasant climate all year round. The volcanic island has an
impressive and dramatic nature. It is steep, and has several hotels and viewpoints that are well suited for experiencing the sunset by the sea.
The characteristic mountain, Uluru, is situated in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park. Thousands of people from all corners of the world travel here annually to either climb or have a look at Uluru, which is the aboriginal name of the mountain also known as Ayers Rock. The huge sandstone shifts colour throughout the day as the sun passes by, and it is precisely at sunset that it gets a magical red glowing colour.
The Masai Mara National Park in Kenya offers the most unbelievable experiences. For example, there are numerous exciting animal and living experiences, unlike anything you have seen before. Take a look at our absolute favourite safari lodges, which are a great starting point to experience both the sunset and hear the wildlife waking up to life before the night.
Lofoten is an exceptional starting point for nature experiences. The nature is wild and genuine, and there are various spots where you can enjoy the sunset in unspoiled nature.
The Buddhist temples in the ruined city of Angkor attracts many visitors annually. This historical site is located north of the city of Siem Reap in Cambodia. There are several locations that are ideal for experiencing the sunset, we highly recommend the magic sunrise at Angkor Wat and the sunset next to Pre Rup Temple.
On the Indonesian island, Java, there is a majestic temple which resembles Angkor Wat. However, this is the largest Buddhist monastery in the world, and of course, both the sunrise and sunset are incredible here.