The best sunset spots in Europe

There’s something otherworldly about watching the sun slink away and the skies turning a beautiful pink-orange colour. Whether it’s the sun dropping into the Adriatic Sea or illuminating the Romanian mountains, watch as daylight turns to dusk with our selection of the sunset spots across Europe.

Sunset view of Fira, Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Santorini is famed the world over for its iconic whitewashed houses and blue domes, and more spectacularly, its caldera sunset views. Witness this incredible phenomenon from all over the island – hike up to Skaros Rock in the town of Imerovigli, or head to the top viewing spot that is Oia.

Carpathian Mountains, Romania

Brimming with stunning natural scenery – think glacial and volcanic lakes, craggy peaks and pristine forests – these mountains show off surreal landscapes like no other. Take a hike through Retezat National Park before settling down to watch the ombre purple, pink and orange skies take over.

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

A gem of the Adriatic Coast, this 15th-century island has a postcard-pretty charm that’s hard to resist. Climb the steep slopes of the mainland as the sun is setting and you’ll be rewarded with a scene of crystal-clear waters and terracotta-toned rooftops, all with a backdrop of burnt orange.

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

This pretty Norfolk coastal town sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is just the ticket for an awe-inspiring sunset. Lined with cheerful beach huts, the untouched stretch of golden sand is the perfect place to watch as the sun shimmers on the water and slinks off.

Lisbon skyline at night

Lisbon, Portugal

Thanks to its hilly terrain, the ‘City of Seven Hills’ is home to a wealth of magnificent vistas. With myriad viewpoints dotted around the city, you’ll get to see Lisbon from all angles as the sun sets. Top spots include Miradouro Portas do Sol, Castelo de São Jorge, Miradouro da Graça and theSanta Justa Lift.

Zadar, Croatia

With the dazzling colours changing day-to-day, this Croatian spectacle of nature is one of ‘the most beautiful in the world’ – in the inspiring words of Alfred Hitchcock. Head to the seafront and you’ll be spoiled with an uninterrupted view of the sun slithering away behind the horizon.