10 of the best places to watch that sun rise (or set)
Summer has finally hit, or so we've been told, with summersolstice taking place this week. Monday was the longest day of theyear, with approximately seventeen hours of light between sunriseand sunset. And although we may not be having the brightest ofJunes here in Britain, we still think the sun is kind of a bigdeal. So, with that in mind, here are ten of the best places towatch it do its thing around the world.
Taj Mahal, India
One of the sevenwonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is one of the most inspiringplaces to watch the sun rise. As night fades, the iconic mausoleumis silhouetted against a burnt-orange sky, making for breath-takingviews.
Matterhorn Mountain, Switzerland
Matterhorn Mountain pierces the evening sky every time the sun sets over the SwissAlps. A ragged summit with a near-symmetrical pyramid-esque peak,the Matterhorn is popular with mountain trekkers and holiday goersalike. As the sun goes down it turns into a dramatic black shadow,swamped in mesmerising colours that are reflected in thepicturesque lake in front.
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Head to Angkor Wat at around 4:00am to catch the sun rise above the majestic andancient temple complex. There'll be a gaggle of other touristscrowding around to take pictures but don't worry, there's somethingquite magical about the way everyone goes silent as the sun creepsup over the striking turrets.
Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica pier is swathed in shades of orange, pink and blue as the sun setsbehind the famous Ferris wheel, which sits as an iconic landmark onthe horizon. Each evening the sky explodes with a full spectrum ofdreamy sunset colours, leading locals to continuously debate wherethe best place to catch it is.
Elgol, Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is renowned for its mystical beauty, and thisparticular beach is the perfect spot to catch an atmosphericsunset. The sun doesn't go down until around 10:24pm in Elgol atthis time of year, with the summer evenings stretching out forhours in true Northern European style.
Lofoten is an archipelago in Norway, and is renowned for its sheltered bays andunspoiled beaches, which sit nestled against a backdrop of dramaticmountains and snowy peaks. Not only is it graced daily by theworld's best sunsets, it's also a great spot to view the NorthernLights at certain times of year.
Sunset Beach, New Zealand
Watch the surf turn from blue to orange as the sun goes down over Sunset Beach inWaikato Port, New Zealand. This black-sand beach is very popularamong surfers due to its great waves, but it's also a fantasticspot for simply sitting back and enjoying the sunset, with uniquerock formations and ilmenite sands making for eerily beautifulviews.
The Quayside in Newcastle makes it onto this list not only because of theimpressive lighting display across the Millennium Bridge butbecause the North East of England is home to some of the world'sbest sunsets. Stand on the bridge to watch the daylight fade, orgrab a glass of wine in one of the nearby bars to enjoy the sunsetting behind Newcastle's stunning architecture. If this haswhetted your appetite for a stay in The Toon and you're looking forNewcastle Hotel Deals, take a look at our range of rooms andbook your stay with us.
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum is one of the biggest deserts in Jordan and captures some of the mostbeautiful sunsets on the planet. Climb up one of the many mountainsto view mile after mile of glowing red sand as the sun disappearsbehind hundreds of formidable cliff-faces.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Pick any of the islands in Thailand and you'll get to witness a spectacular sunsetevery night of the week. This picture is of Koh Samui, an islandrenowned for its white sand beaches and tall palms, which turnblack against a blushing sky as the sun goes down each night. Bestenjoyed with a cold bottle of Chang in your hand - the local Thaibeer.
What's your favourite spot to watch the sunrise or set? Let usknow in the comments below, on Twitter @MillenniumEU, or on our Facebookpage.