The world's best sunset spots
Choosing where to go on your next adventure is always a tough decision. While some travellers might prefer a city break to take in the local culture, others will want to explore the natural wonders of more scenic locations.
But the best holidays and tours are the ones that create memories that last a lifetime, with sights and sounds that you can’t experience anywhere else, like spectacular views of the setting sun framed by picturesque villages and awe-inspiring landscapes.
So which locations can be crowned the best sunset spots? We’ve dived into social media, looking at Instagram posts and TikTok views for each location to find out.
The most photogenic sunset spots
1. Bali, Indonesia
182,661 Instagram posts
Packed full of idyllic beaches and natural wonders, Indonesia's island of Bali can be crowned the most photogenic location to watch the sun go down with more than 182,000 Instagram posts. The best locations to watch Bali’s sunsets are the beaches along its western shores, with views often featuring historic temples making the golden panoramas of the island’s setting sun even more memorable.
2. Santorini, Greece
157,745 Instagram posts
Often framed by the island’s picturesque cliff-top villages and unique lighthouses, sunsets in Greece's island, Santorini, take second place for its Instagrammability, with over 150,000 Instagram posts celebrating that magical time of evening. The village of Oia to the north of the Island is the most popular spot, with views overlooking the town’s blue-domed churches, although there are plenty of other locations off the beaten track if you want to avoid the crowds.
3. Ibiza, Spain
120,982 Instagram posts
Spain’s Mediterranean island, Ibiza, takes third place as the most picturesque location for sunsets, with more than 120,000 Instagram posts dedicated to the beautiful orange, pink, purple, and red hues that light up its skies each evening. Some of the best views in Ibiza can be found on the beaches of Cala Conta and the shores of San Antonio Bay.
4. Maui, United States
120,727 Instagram posts
Up next is Maui, one of the largest islands that make up the US state of Hawaii. The island has more than 120,000 dedicated to its sunsets, with some of the best beauty spots like Kapalua Bay with its white sand and rocky beaches, and the rugged landscape of Haleakala Volcano providing the perfect locations to watch the sun go down.
5. San Diego, United States
Instagram posts 96,348
The city on the southern coast of California offers travellers plenty of opportunities to soak in the sunset, so it’s no surprise it ranks so highly on the list with more than 96,000 Instagram posts. Some of the best places include the aptly named Sunset Cliffs and Shelter Island Marina Walkway.
The most viewed sunset spots
1. Santorini, Greece
70.2 million TikTok views
The Greek island of Santorini takes the top spot as the most viewed sunset spot on TikTok, with the popular holiday destination racking up 70.2 million views on the platform! Home to picturesque whitewashed villages and volcanic beaches with spectacular views of the Aegean Sea, Santorini is a haven for tourists looking to experience its natural wonders.
2. Bali, Indonesia
19.2 million TikTok views
Up next is Bali, brimming with ancient temples and natural beauty. From stunning beaches to lush greenery and scenic lakes and waterfalls, the island has plenty to offer visitors looking to find the perfect spot to watch the sun go down. The island has 19.2 million views for its sunsets, taking it to second place.
3. Paris, France
13.1 million TikTok views
Taking third place, sunsets over Paris have clocked up more than 13.1 million views on TikTok. France’s capital is perfect for golden hour as you can take in the sunset from the top of its many iconic landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower, which both give stunning views of the city skyline. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could even cruise along the Seine as the sun goes down.
4. London, United Kindgom
11.4 million TikTok views
The UK capital boasts plenty of locations to watch the sunset, so it comes as no surprise it's one of the most popular locations on TikTok, racking up 11.4 million views on the platform. Popular sunset spots include Primrose Hill and Greenwich Park, one of London's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
5. Maldives, The Maldives
8.2 million TikTok views
World famous for its white sandy beaches and deep blue waters, Maldives is also one of the most popular locations to watch the sun go down when it comes to TikTok views, totalling 8.2 million. Travellers have plenty of choice when it comes to watching the sun sink below the horizon, with sunset cruises being the most popular option.
Beginning with a list of the best locations to watch sunsets worldwide taken from list articles, we ranked each one on the following factors.
Instagram posts: the total number of Instagram posts tagged #[location]sunset.
TikTok views: the total number of views for TikTok posts tagged #[location]sunset.
Data was collected on 17/05/2023.
Ting has a serious case of wanderlust. Having travelled to over 40 countries, it’s her mission in life to make her way through her ever-growing list. Her two young sons have also caught the travel bug, and recent trips have seen them making snow angels in Iceland while watching the Northern Lights, as well as walking alongside elephants in South Africa.
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