There aren’t many things in life better than watching a beautiful, golden sunset melt into the horizon at the close of a day. Sunsets seem all the more special when on holiday and luckily, we don’t have to go far to see some of the most spectacular ones around.
To mark National Sunglasses Day, we’ve picked some of the best spots in the Mediterranean to while away another sunny day in your shades.
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Oia is by far the most popular town in Santorini for people wanting to catch a glimpse of the stunning sunset. If you arrive in plenty of time to get a table at one of the outdoor restaurants, you will be in prime position to watch the sun turn the famous white buildings and blue domed roofs a warm, orangey glow before disappearing beyond the horizon. If you’d prefer somewhere a little less crowded, head to Fira and find your perfect spot there.
There are so many great places to watch the sun go down over Paphos. If you’re in the centre of the city, anywhere around the harbour, in particular Paphos Castle at the edge of the harbour, will give you a great show. Take a walk along the coastal path from the castle and you will find many peaceful places to stop and take it in. Dangle your feet off the edge of one of the small peers dotted along the coast and really soak up the moment.
San Antonio, Ibiza
Ibiza boasts a great sunset, wherever you choose to view it. But there really is only one place that you should be heading to, and that’s Café del Mar on the outskirts of San Antonio. Ensure yourself a good spot by getting there nice and early, then simply kick-back, relax and lose yourself in the eclectic Ibiza sounds coming from the DJ in the bar. There may be many alternatives, but Café del Mar is the home of the sunset chill-out vibes.
Saint-Tropez is a magnificent place at the best of times, but you can really soak up the ambience of the beautiful Côte d’Azur town as the sun slowly sets over the marina. You will get a great viewpoint from either the old tower or the town’s ancient citadel. But if you prefer something a little further away from the crowds, get yourself a seat on the terrace of Hotel Bar Sube and sup on a cold drink whilst enjoying a prime spot overlooking the harbour.
Witness a breath-taking sunset over the Adriatic from the picturesque setting of Dubrovnik. Take a walk around the Old Town’s city walls and watch the sun cast its golden, evening glow over the sea of terracotta roof tiles. Whilst in the area, seek out the hidden Café Bar Bard for a fantastic sunset spot. Alternatively, take to the sea for some extra special sunset kayaking whilst taking in the views of the stunning Dalmatian coast.
There are many great places to view the sunset in Barcelona, but by far one of the best places to head is to the top of El Carmel Hill where you will find the architectural splendour that is Park Güell. Park Güell is one of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi’s most impressive creations and forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Works of Antoni Gaudi’. Watching the sunset bring out the colours of his work is a truly magical experience, not to be missed.