One of my favorite things to find time for while traveling is watching a breathtaking sunset. There are so many different styles, colors and inspiration that you find around the world at this simple moment. Sitting still to watch the sky change colors and dusk settle in can be one of the most relaxing times while traveling.
Sunsets inspire me and it turns out I am not the only one who thinks so. If you’re in need of some wanderlust and inspiration take a look below at thirty blogger’s favorite sunsets from around the world.
It will be hard to not book your next flight before the end of the post.
My favorite sunset from the road has to be from when I camped out in the Sahara Desert. Riding camels out to the campsite, our Berber guide stopped the group just in time for us all to enjoy the sun setting over the tall lonely dunes. Absolutely breathtaking.
Looking out onto the eternal Nile river, the modernist Cairo Tower, and posh Zamalek Island – the home of diplomats and the ‘Who’s Who’ of Egypt – Jan Zak of Egyptian Sidekick ponders the impending journey to the ancient cities of Luxor and Aswan.
It took three tries due to weather to get to the top of Table Mountain in Capetown, South Africa and I was glad that I went at the end of the day to watch the sunset – it was truly spectacular being above the clouds in this amazing city. I started the day in the vineyards with wine tastings and ended it with this view.
We were so lucky to overlook majestic Fish River Canyon during a gorgeous sunset, and this photo reminds us of what an amazing adventure we had in southern Africa.
I took this photo from Shwe San Daw Pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar. I love this photo because it felt surreal for me to watch sunset while being surrounded by hundreds of pagodas. I felt transported back in time to ancient Myanmar.
Spending the night on a boat in the middle of absolute remoteness, just surrounded by amazing wildlife like manta rays, dolphins, flying foxes – what more do you need in life?
Locals in El Nido will try and entice you to head to Las Cabanas to watch their beautiful sunset but transport there can be a bit pricey and if everyone else is going…well, you may not want that. Head to this secret sunset spot and it will be just you, the locals, one bench and the cheapest beer in town. Hurrah!
Due to its location on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, picturesque sunsets on Langkawi Island are a generally a year-round affair. And there is always something a bit magical about watching the sun dip into the horizon of the surrounding Andaman Sea, especially when accompanied by a cool tropical sundowner.
We were watching this beautiful sunset 2 weeks ago in Phuket, Thailand. We really loved the colours of the sky, the sound of waves and the smell of the sun lotion on this beach.
The sunsets over the Arabian sea in Goa, India are some of the most spectacular I’ve seen. As the heat of the day cools down the ‘golden hour’ casts a dewy magical glow over the paddy fields, sari clad women, palm trees; nothing can beat watching the sky turn deep shades of striking orange and pink whilst swimming in the warm seas or drinking a fresh coconut with friends.
My current favourite sunset would have to be from where I’ve been staying since February 1st in Martinborough, New Zealand. From where I’ve placed my laptop for my workstation, I can’t help but notice the sun setting each night. Martinborough is a wine growing region so it receives more sunshine hours than the majority of the country so sunsets like below are a near daily occurrence.
Sunsets in Paris are especially stunning during the summer, when it stays light out past 10 pm. Even more so during a tiny window in August, when the sun lines up perfectly behind the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and Arc du Triomphe du Carrousel, where this photo was taken right in front of the Louvre.
This was the start of a wild night, truly the calm before the storm. A sky heavy with snow clouds and the red of sunset makes me realise why Scotland is my favourite place for magical skies. The next morning the storm hit and this sky was a distant memory.
Hall in Tirol is a 700-year-old cute town located east of Innsbruck, Austria. So what are you waiting for? This gorgeous sunset, the Austrian alps, some skiing if you’re going in the winter (actually, they have it all year round on the highest mountains!) or for some trekking during summer, amazing food and outstanding art in the Swarovski Kristallwelten, located just a few kilometers away.
Cinque Terre literally means “The Five Lands” which comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. One of the most famous of the five towns that make up the Cinque Terre is Vernazza (pictured here). Hiking the trail connecting the towns is best way to explore the region.
The right moment when the boat went past the setting sky – classic!
Taking a stroll around the gorgeous city of Prague, in particular, the Old Town Square is a rewarding experience but when you capture a sunset like this you know you are in the right place at the right time. The medieval design of the Czech architecture is emphasized through this sunset and we felt incredibly fortunate to take this picture while strolling around the Old Town.
Portugal – Cape St. Vincent is the southwestern-most point in Portugal and during our road trip through the country we caught some stunning sunsets but this one beat them all. During May, the lighthouse nearby wasn’t crowded and everyone got a great view of the slow sunset, sitting on by the rocks.
Gracefully situated between the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Arpoador Peninsula offers some of the most incredible views in the city. What’s unique about the Arpoador sunset is if you catch it at the right time of the year, the sun descends between two jagged rocks out to sea before a crowd of onlookers clap and cheer to celebrate the rare spectacle.
This sunset pic was taken in Loreto, Mexico which is located on the Sea of Cortez. I was visiting with my son and there was a ‘fiesta” on the beach. We were sitting with our feet in the sand watching this magnificent sunset become more and more intense and beautiful. One of my favorite sunsets and I got to experience it with my son.
Golden sand dunes surround the oasis town of Huacachina in Southern Peru. A crazy dune buggy ride took us to some of the highest sand dunes in the desert where we rode down with our sand boards fearlessly. Our adrenaline-pumping day ended atop one of the big dunes where we saw the orange and yellow hues of the sunset over the vast Peruvian desert.
My days in the Amazon were always full of adventure. Wildlife spotting trips (we saw pink river dolphins, caimans, anacondas, sloths and monkeys), village visits and muddy hikes were followed by dramatic sunsets — the perfect way to end a tiring day in the jungle.
This was the most relaxed place I visited in Central America. It’s a real hidden gem and is great for snorkelling or diving. The sunsets were big and lasted for ages. The colours changed from golden to deep red and shimmered on the ocean. Definitely one of the best sunsets anywhere in the world!
Khaju Bridge is the most famous of Isfahan bridges, perfect to mingle with people late in the evening, talk to locals, listen to songs.
In the last year, my parents have moved to Laguna and while I’ve been visiting the town for the past 20 years I’m now getting to see it from a whole new perspective and sometimes that is literally. The town offers beautiful beaches and cliff sides, delicious food and a great art community to explore.
This was taken at Islamorada during a road trip through The Florida Keys. We’d gone to eat at Lorelei’s an outdoor restaurant and were having sundowners when this sunset materialised. It’s probably one of the prettiest sunsets I’ve seen and definitely the pinkest.
I’ve seen a lot of beautiful sunsets from my travels and never thought US will amaze me with sunsets until I moved to Arizona. Holy smokes! We have thousands of kinds of beautiful sunsets here, and here’s one of my shots.
This is nature’s light show. Explosive plumes of orange and yellows spray the sky, casting viewers into shadow box like caricatures.
Every sunset we saw in Hawaii was spectacular in some way! On this night, we thrilled to watch the glowing Hawaiian sun glint off of Waikiki’s white sand beach as it descended into the glistening Pacific ocean…pure paradise. Seeing this picture conjures up priceless memories of my family dining al fresco while drinking tropical cocktails and indulging in Hawaii’s gourmet delights.
Where Are You Heading Next?
Which of the places above have you visited before and fallen in love with? Did the sunset shot bring back a memory of your travels?
I hope these sunsets from around the world inspired you to book that next trip, no matter how near or far away it is. Let me know in the comments where you’re inspired to head next!