Whenever you touch down for your latest holiday adventure you are always looking for that moment that takes your breath away.
It could be seeing an iconic landmark, ticking an activity like swimming with dolphins or bungee jumping into an enormous canyon off your bucket list or finding your favourite ever restaurant – these are the moments you talk about for the rest of your life. There is one jawdropping event that takes place each evening and there are certain places that do it a little better than others.
Here are the best destinations for a magnificent sunset.
We start with one of the heavyweights of the genre. Santorini is known across the globe for its special sunsets. The Greek islands is known for its dramatic views, whitewashed houses with colourful roofs and the orange glow that arrives each evening, it’s amazing how something so perfect could be formed from a volcano.
There are so many great vantage points to snap a shot of the sunset but the quaint town of Oia provides the best spot. The rugged cliffs offer a picturesque setting where you can watch the sky flicker in colour as night falls.
As “a city built gentlemen for gentlemen”, Valletta offers a sunset that exceptionally compliments your city break. The Maltese capital is both a European Art City and World Heritage City and as the evening approaches, the Baroque architecture is bathed in an orange glow as the sun heads for the ocean.
Take a wander down to the Grand Harbour and watch out over the yachts floating on the bay as the nightfall cover Valletta.
The rolling hills of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon provide excellent spots to watch the sunset over the city’s harbour. Lisbon is a place of stunning architecture, unique food and a vibrant nightlife and there is no better way to start an evening in the city than by seeing the sun go down.
Among the wealth of rooftop bars, you enjoy a real venture through the city to Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. As one of the highest points of Lisbon, you can marvel at the city and the 25 de Abril Bridge basking in the evening sunshine.
Famous for its terracotta buildings, beautiful beaches, Medieval architecture and peaceful views, it is no wonder George Bernard Shaw said “if you want to see Heaven on Earth, come to Dubrovnik”. Aside from the winding, cobbled streets and City Walls, Dubrovnik puts on quite a show when it comes to sunsets.
Take a cable car up to Mt Srđ, directly above the Old Town and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city. Catch Dubrovnik on a particularly clear day and you will be able to gaze out on to the Adriatic Sea and even see the twinkling distant lights of Italy.
Is there anything Barcelona can’t do? Not only does it have one of the world’s most famous cathedral, one of the world’s most famous shopping streets, architecture inspired by Antoni Gaudi, world-renowned tapas and, of course, Lionel Messi, it also has a pretty special sunset.
It is no surprise that Barcelona at sunset is a simply stunning experience. Tick off both a city landmark and see the sunset at Park Guell, one of Gaudi’s best-known works. See the colourful buildings glimmer at dusk from this hilltop setting.
Where better to watch a sunset than in the most romantic city in the world? Ride a gondola along Venice’s famous waterways and feel the tranquillity under the stars of the Venetian night, a holiday moment you will never forget.
If you want that perfect Instagram picture of the Venice sunset then head to Accademia Bridge and point your camera towards the Madonna della Salute church. As the sun slowly sets snap that photo that will take pride of place on your wall for years to come.
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