Best Places to Watch a Sunset Around the World

Survey of travel journalists from across the globe reveals the top 100 sunset-viewing spots worldwide, as well as honourable mentions for 400 further locations.

Santorini, Greece​, was the most nominated place to view a sunset worldwide, followed by ​Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA​, and ​Mykonos, Greece.

● The United States was the most commonly nominated country worldwide for sunset-viewing spots, ​with 14 locations making the top 100. ​The UK and Italy came second​, boasting 5 spots in the top 100 each.

● Summer was the most recommended season ​to view a sunset in these locations around the world (46.06% of respondents), followed by Autumn (19.35%), Spring (17.64%) and Winter (16.95%).

Eyewear specialists ​Lensbest​ have released a study that for the first time uses a data-driven approach to collate and determine the best spots around the world to watch a sunset. As the best sunset-viewing experience is often a subjective one, the company decided to ask those who had the most knowledge gained by visiting numerous spectacular locations around the world: travel journalists. The result is a comprehensive list of the top 100 places across the globe to view a sunset according to international consensus, as well as a further list of 400 honourable mentions.

How the study was conducted:

To begin the study, Lensbest sent a questionnaire to travel journalists hailing from 46 countries across the globe. The respondents were asked to give their opinion on the ​best spot to view a sunset in both their home country, as well as in those they’d visited around the world​. They were also asked ‘Which season of the year do you think it’s best to watch a sunset in this spot?’ With over 600 global locations nominated, the answers were then compiled and refined using a score-based system into a final shortlist of the 100 best places to watch a sunset worldwide according to travel journalists.

The table below reveals a sample of results for the​ Top 20 Best Spots to View a Sunset Around the World, including the most recommended seasons to view them in:

  1. Santorini
  2. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  3. Mykonos
  4. Taj Mahal, Agra
  5. Madeira
  6. Uluru, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
  7. St Pete Beach, Florida
  8. Maasai Mara National Reserve
  9. Phi Phi
  10. Tahiti
  11. Jebel Akhdar, Al Hajar Mountains
  12. Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve
  13. Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence
  14. Matterhorn
  15. Uluwatu Temple, Bali
  16. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap
  17. Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro
  18. Mallory Square, Key West
  19. El Nido, Palawan
  20. Ponte dell’Accademia, Venice


“Long before social media influencers became popular, holidaymakers were looking to travel journalists for inspiration when comprising their travel bucket lists. Travel writers have the breadth of knowledge and experience that goes way beyond what the average nomad can boast, so it felt like a natural decision to defer to them when searching for the best places to watch a sunset,” comments Ling Fan-Montzka, Managing Director of Lensbest. “By collating the opinions of the world’s foremost travel experts for the first time, we hope that this list can be used as the ultimate must-see guide for those looking to see the best sunsets of their lives.”

“While it’s unsurprising that most people recommended summer as the ideal season to view a sunset in their chosen locations, it was also nice to see some examples of places that are beautiful sunset-periods in other seasons. Like the journalist who chose autumn for Uluru, Australia, or another who recommended winter as the ideal time to see a sunset in Key West, Florida,” says Ling Fan-Montzka, Managing Director of Lensbest. “It goes to show that there is beauty to be found in every season, and that visiting these places off-peak can be just as worthwhile.”

To view the results and full methodology of the study, please refer to the results page here: 

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