SONY DSC

The sunset over Santorini is one of the most famous in the world, and in peak season you'll struggle to find a spare inch of the island from which to watch it. People have even been known to applaud as the Aegean and the whitewashed clifftop houses turn rose-pink.

Northern Ireland provides some of the very best Atlantic sunsets, set off by the dramatic basalt blocks of the Giant's Causeway in the foreground. The stiff breeze coming off the sea adds to the drama.

santa monica beach, Los Angeles, California

The beach at Santa Monica gets much more beautiful - and much more fun - after sunset: calm seas, still-warm sand, pink-bathed palm trees and the twinkly lights of the ferris wheel.

Sunset is one of the best times to explore the Serengeti and feel like you're in The Lion King. Cooler evening air brings out herds of fantastic animals, silhouetted against a huge, rusty orange sky.

Photo: iStock
Mountaineering Holiday World Guide Expeditions Matterhorn Zermatt Switzerland Europe

Even more beautiful than a Toblerone wrapper, sunset over the Matterhorn is a really special sight. The last light catching the snow sets the whole mountain ablaze against a pink and gold sky.

The Taj Mahal brings to mind images of white turrets against a bright blue sky but it's much more romantic at sunset, when the dome and minarets are bathed in magical yellowish light.

The Isle of Skye beat the likes of Bali and the Maldives to be named best sunset spot by Travel magazine. There are plenty of high-up spots from which to watch the sun going down over the sea, turning the water and the craggy rocks pink and orange.

Angkor Wat Temple at sunset, Siem reap, Cambodia.

Angkor Wat is one of the most amazing ancient sites in Asia, and it is as its most beautiful at sunset. Visitors gather on nearby hilltops to watch the last light catch the temples and lily ponds.

Hawaii's sunsets are, rightly, legendary. Kauna'oa Bay is one of the best spots on the island from which to watch the Pacific turn yellow, violet and orange.

Sunset over Cape Town is stunningly pretty from any angle. You can stake out a cafe along the harbour and watch the sun dip behind Table Mountain with a cool glass of something, or go for a dusky walk along the beaches to enjoy the fiery orange horizon.