Spectacular sunrises and sunsets

06 Feb 2013

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There's nothing better than bearing witness to a beautiful sunrise of sunset on your holiday. Such stunning moments are hard to come by, where you can sit back, look out and see your destination in all its sun-soaked glory. If these romantic, natural moments  speak more to you than others, you'll love our hand-picked selection of spectacular sun spots. When contemplating your next holiday, know that these destinations are certainly worth your while.

Sunrise at Stonehenge, England

Located in the English county of Wiltshire, the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge has long kept travellers captivated with wonder. The date that the huge stone monument was built has long been debated, with archaeologists estimating it was anywhere between 3000 BC and 200 BC. While its birth date continues to be a topic of debate, one thing can be agreed on: its beauty. Particularly at sunrise when golden light shines through the monument. As such, summer and winter solstice is a popular time to visit Stonehenge.

Sunset in Broome, Australia

While the east coast of Australia may enjoy a pretty sunset, it’s the western beach town of Broome which really shines at dusk. With the sun setting over the ocean, the long stretches of white sandy beaches offer a front seat view to the golden light show, with the vibrant colours doubling up as they are mirrored on the ocean.

Sunrise in Zermatt, Switzerland

Early risers and adventures won’t mind braving the elements to see the sunrise over the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. The famous mountain made extra famous by the Disney ride, has a summit of over 4000 metres high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Pennine Alps. While the Matterhorn makes for a magnificent snow-capped view at any time, it is especially beautiful at sunrise when the sun hits just the top of the peak turning it a vibrant orange or yellow, reminiscent of a candle.

Venice at Sunset

Sunset in Venice, Italy

Already captivatingly beautiful, Venice is impossible to forget when showered in a magnificent golden glow at sunset. So beautiful is the city’s romantic 15th century architecture bathed in light, that it inspired the famous impressionist Claude Monet to paint it, resulting in the 1908 piece San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk.

Sunrise in Siem Reap, Cambodia

The city of Siem Reap is beloved by travellers for its museums and temples, the most popular being the historic Angkor Wat. Constructed in the 12th century, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest Hindu temple complex and religious monument in the world. While you can explore up close, the best sight can be seen from afar at sunrise when the sun baths the expansive temple in golden light.

Sunset in Masai Mara, Kenya

For the ultimate picture-perfect safari moment in Africa, few can compare to Masai Mara at sunset. A national game reserve located in southwestern Kenya, Masai Mara is home to a wide range of wildlife including elephants, leopards, lions, buffalo, rhinoceros and giraffes. At sunset most animals, particular those active at night, pass through the park, making magnificent silhouettes against the vibrant, red sky.

See the world's best sunrises and sunsets for yourself. Plan your next holiday with help from an experienced travel consultant. Free call 1800 017 849.

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- Travel Associates.

Coby Sullivan

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