World’s Best Sunset Location? Well, Santorini, Of Course

July 25, 2021

You won't get an argument from anyone who's stood mesmerized atop Santorini to watch the sun set in a brilliant orange hue, without smog or particulates blocking the view, the island ranked the world's best spot to watch it happen.

That honor came from the travel group Bounce which compiled alist of the best sunset spots in the world looking go record “Those brief moments where the sun is just falling below the horizon, or rising above it in the morning, are among the most magical and special no matter where in the world you are, casting a warm red glow over the landscape and making for a spectacular view” to remember.

“Some places around the world have become particularly well-known for their inspiring sunrises and sunsets and draw people from around the world purely to catch a glimpse of them,” the site said, with just about everyone sure they know it's their favorite and the best.

The study examined the number of travel articles and blogs recommending the destination, the number of related Instagram posts and the level of light pollution in every area to give them a sunset score out of 10, said Kathimerini.

Santorini was recommended in far more articles than any of the other destinations that Bounce looked at, and doesn’t suffer from light pollution like major cities, with a brightness of 0.627 mcd/m2, luminance, measured in millicandela per square meter.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, you'd have so much company on Santorini watching the sun set that you'd be elbow-to-elbow with them, and tourism has begun to pick up again there, people around the world lured by its reputation for beauty, especially atop the famous hill across from an islet where the sunken volcano caldera is located.

Santorini easily beat out Bali, Indonesia and Hawaii for the sun set viewing honor, the site praising Santorini, “thought by many to be the most beautiful of the country’s many small islands, known for its towering cliffs and whitewashed houses on the shore of the Aegean Sea.

“Santorini was recommended in far more articles than any of the other destinations that we looked at and also doesn’t suffer from light pollution like major cities,” the finding added.

But the most Instagrammed sunset location was Rio de Janeiro, offering a spectacular view of a polluted harbor, while Bagan, Myanmar was then ranked the least light-polluted sunset destination.


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