Several months ago, Michelle and Richard from Chalk & Cheese Travels posted a list of their favorite sunsets they’ve witnessed and captured from around the world. Mesmerized by their picture-perfect shots of the glorious “golden hour,” I’ve since been inspired in the same vein to list some of my favorites from my travels over the years. From as west as my hometown of Los Angeles to as far as Japan, I’ve seen my fair share of beautiful sunsets, and I’d like to share some of them with you.

Yet, after going through tens of thousands of travel photos, I was surprised that I didn’t have as many sunset photos as I’d originally thought. In fact, I saw more sunrise photos (which I intend to make a separate post on), and I think my lack of sunset photos is due to the fact that I don’t typically stay out late enough to capture them. Or, at the very least, I would usually return to my accommodation early enough to rest, only to head back out once it’s already dark for dinner or nightlife. That said, I’ve missed plenty of opportunities for such photos, especially since sunsets are such a popular time for some of the best travel images out there.

All the same, I do have a few sunset photos that I’ll share in this post. Some are of nature, others of urban landscapes. In either case, they all showcase that multi-colored glow of pink, orange, and purple that draws people to its sublimity, a means of a beautiful end to a beautiful time while on the road. Without further ado, here are my picks!

10 Favorite Sunsets From Around the World

1. Easter Island, Chile

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View from the hotel (June 2018).

2. Sahara Desert, Morocco

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During the camel ride in the desert (May 2017).

3. Porto, Portugal

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From the miradouro (February 2016).

4. Toulouse, France (2018)

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Along the Garonne (January 2018).

5. Valletta, Malta

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View from the port (November 2018).

6. Marseille, France

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From the Vieux Port (February 2017).

7. Tokyo, Japan

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From the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (June 2016).

8. Loch Ness, Scotland

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Boat ride on Loch Ness (December 2015).

9. Guilin, China

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View from hotel (August 2009).

10. Paris, France

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View at the pont des Invalides (July 2019).

**bonus** Gdaล„sk, Poland

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In the Old Town (April 2017).

Where are YOUR favorite sunsets in the world? Let me know!

— Rebecca

73 thoughts on “10 Favorite Sunsets From Around the World

  1. Depending on your selection, sunsets/sunrises tend to be best when there is the reflection of water, sea, lake, river. The skies are more interesting when there are clouds. For the landscape it comes down to shapes, if possible recognizable, monuments, trees or human silhouettes. I think my favourite photo is the one of Toulouse.

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  2. These sunsets are beautiful – thanks for sharing. My favorite from your list is the one from Chile. I once witnessed an incredible sunset from the Griffith Observatory in LA – itโ€™s my favorite!

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    1. Thank you! The one from Guilin was such a long time ago, but I still have fond memories of that trip. You’re welcome to do your own post on your favorite sunsets, too!

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  3. Seeing your photos from around the world makes me so jealous!
    As we inch closer to the shortest day of the year, seeing this photo reminds me of the one year I spent the shortest day of the year in Tuktoyaktuk watching winter solstice over the arctic.
    I don’t know that I would ever go to that isolated of a place again, but for a one off it was one hell of an adventure!

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    1. I actually had to Google “Tuktoyaktuk,” as I didn’t know about it (although it did ring a bell). Is it north enough to see the Northern Lights? Sounds like you had quite the time there; it must’ve been exciting (and very cold)!

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      1. You can see the Northern Lights from where I live. You can see them into the northern states (Idaho, Montana, etc… sometimes). It’s all about the power of the solar storms. You don’t have to go that far north. You can, but you don’t have to!

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  4. Wow, just look at all these beautiful sunsets. I especially love the one from Toulouse! ๐Ÿ˜€ With the gloomy winter weather upon us, it’s been a very long time since I’ve seen a colourful sunset. Thanks for sharing and have a good day ๐Ÿ˜€ Aiva

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    1. Good point, Aiva! Given now that it’s wintertime, sunsets are fleeting and harder to capture as a result; I work until past 18h00, so by the time I get off work, it’s already dark! No more gorgeous sunsets on the drive home until spring, that’s for sure!

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  5. Love those pictures, they are lovely. I have the same issues with usually missing sunsets and sunrises. The loveliest I have seen in the past must in Hamburg (Germany). I don’t know what it is, but the sky creates beautiful and colorful paintings in that region.

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    1. I have not been to Hamburg, but I’ve heard good things about it! Sunsets are really a rainbow dream, just before the night falls. They emit a sort of aching feeling, of longing for the day to remain and not descend into darkness. At least, that’s how I feel!

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  6. All very gorgeous with a special crush on Paris and Marseille obviously!!
    I didn’t know you did a camel ride in the desert in Marocco! A loooooong time ago, I did a seven-day “mรฉharรฉ” in the Tunisian Sahara with a girl friend from Uni. Such a great adventure… Did you like yours? How long was it?

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    1. Bah oui! Paris et Marseille…c’est parce que t’es franรงaise! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Personally, I found the sunset in Morocco to be lovely, but the camping part not so much ๐Ÿ˜†…all the same, I don’t regret going on the adventure!

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  7. Those images are stunning, I’d love to experience sunset in the desert…Morocco looks gorgeous. I’ve seen some amazing sunsets in the countries I’ve travelled to and of course the sunsets in South Africa were usually spectacular, but in all honesty, the sunsets and sunrises I’ve seen right at home, either in London or now in Thanet have been sublime…so breathtakingly beautiful that I end up snapping away and end up with dozens of images of the same event.

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    1. South Africa is one country I haven’t gone to yet, but I’m keen on visiting! I can imagine the sunsets there must be breathtaking…and it is true that some of the best sunsets are those closest to home (for me, Los Angeles!).

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    1. I’d definitely read your sunset post, if you end up writing one! Easter Island is a beauty, and I do hope you can go there someday (even if you’ve been to a ton more stunning places than I’ve been so far). ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Gorgeous pictures! I just love a beautiful sunset, and it’s such a great post idea! ๐Ÿ˜ I don’t know where I saw the most beautiful sunset, but I remember that when living in Vienna I was amazed, almost everyday, by the beautiful pink sunsets! Too bad I was usually walking around and couldn’t really enjoy them from a high viewpoint!

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    1. Ooh, I can imagine a sunset in Vienna would be stunning! I also agree that views from a higher vantage point are gorgeous, but even walking at ground level can be romantic, especially in the woods or along a bridge!

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