No two sunsets are the same, as many of our team have been lucky enough to learn on their travels. From enjoying a sundowner on a Greek island, to watching through medieval battlements, we have rounded up our favourite sunset experiences from around the world.
Sat at the top of our list for a reason (sunsets just don’t get much more spectacular than this), Santorini’s cliff-hanging villages and hotels offer the perfect sunset experience.
Most people go looking for the sunset in the charming village of Oia, in the north of Santorini – and you wouldn’t be wrong to. Oia’s iconic windmills and blue-domed churches make up an album-worthy forefront to your sunset photos. However, anywhere along Santorini’s coast you can catch an amazing glimpse of the sun sinking into the Aegean Sea.
I watched the sun set over Santorini’s caldera from the restaurant terrace at the Grace hotel. I watched as the sun sank into the Aegean behind the hotel’s stunning infinity pool – it was a jaw-dropping moment. Clare, Travel Expert
The Greek Islands are the sunset opportunities that keep on giving. Little Venice in Mykonos is where it’s all happening and the sunset comes with lively bars sitting pretty along the seafront. Sip on a cocktail and watch as the sun sets on Mykonos, changing the island’s normal whitewashed buildings into a warm yellow.
I would highly recommend Semeli bar for one of the best sunset locations on the whole island. By day, enjoy a selection of delicacies, teamed with a Dolce Vita (vodka, Cointreau, pomegranate, cranberry, passion fruit and sparkling water, yum). But after the sun goes down (watched from your front-row seats in the bar’s outside seating area), you get a real glimpse of the renowned party isle – Ibiza-esque music is played and cocktails continue to flow.
The Caribbean, and Antigua in particular, conjures up images of long swathes of white sand, turquoise-blue waters and bottle-green palm trees – add a peach-toned sky to it, and you have a sunset experience to beat all others.
My favourite place to watch the sunset in Antigua is from Shirley Heights. It’s a national park up on a clifftop on the island’s south coast, with fantastic west-facing views over to English Harbour and the forested hills that surround it. My top tip would be to visit on a Sunday, when the whole place becomes a big al fresco sunset party, with live music, barbecues and plenty of rum punch. Laura, Content Manager
The sunsets in the Indian Ocean don’t get more tropical than in the Maldives. Many of the resorts will allow you to have what will feel like your own private viewing of the sunsets from gorgeous water villas –It’s so romantic you could even say it was a pretty perfect setting for a marriage proposal!
One of my favourite experiences when I visited the Maldives was the sunset jazz party on Friday night at the Kurumba Maldives. We enjoyed an amazing guitar and saxophone duo, local dancers, wine tasting and out-of-this-world canapes, all while watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean. It was not only stunning, but such a fun evening. The hotel managers even popped down to party with us. Dimitra, Travel Expert.
Paphos is steeped in history, but what makes this Cypriot resort so great is how its historic sites sit perfectly next to holiday must-haves – sandy beaches and tavernas serving delicious local fare. Paphos harbour is home to the town’s medieval castle. Today, there isn’t much to view inside, but you can still visit and enjoy the views from the top. Even better, the castle lends itself to one of Cyprus’ best sunset experiences. As the sun sets behind the castle, it becomes even more impressive.
We found it very hard to tear ourselves away from the Almyra Hotel because it is quite simply amazing. Luckily we didn’t need to – as the hotel is on the seafront, you can catch a glimpse of the sun setting behind Paphos Castle. We watched from this spot every evening, without fail. Karen, Travel Expert.
It’s not only the Greek islands that know how to put on a show when it comes to sun sets. As we travel further north in Greece, Halkidiki offers up a whole new sunset experience thanks to its varied landscapes – still nothing short of spectacular.
On a visit to the Sani Resort in Halkidiki, I enjoyed a complimentary sunset cruise. I watched as the sun set over the entire resort while enjoying a glass of bubbly and canapes. It was very memorable. Lewis, Travel Expert.
Ibiza isn’t just about poolside parties and superclubs – it also boasts some of the Med’s most spectacular sunsets. Because partying aside, it’s one of the most beautiful islands this side of the Indian Ocean. Most of the west coast of the island sees spectacular sunsets over the sea, but a couple of Ibiza’s most famous viewing hotspots are Café del Mar and Café Mambo in San Antonio.
Whether it’s for dinner or just a cocktail, people flock from all over the island to watch the sun set from the trendy strip of bars in San Antonio. Alternatively, you can sit on the rocks below the bars and enjoy the same view. Sam, Travel Expert
Get a grandstand view of the sun setting over the Dubrovnik coast from the well-preserved walls that surround the city’s old town. If you time it right, you can amble along the walls (a must-do while in Croatia), then pause to watch the sun set through the ancient battlements.
Some of my favourite spots were the city bars that cling to the coast’s cliff edges. The terracotta rooftops, Adriatic Sea and sunset make the ultimate photo opportunity, so don’t forget your camera. Helen Howard, Product Manager
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