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The iconic beach in Rio de Janeiro is a truly wonderful spot to sit as the sun sets behind the Dois Irmãos rock formation. Surfers pause to wonder and it’s not uncommon for the beach-goers to break into spontaneous applause.
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The title of “last place to see the sun set” used to belong to Samoa until the International Date Line was nudged aside in 2011, handing that honour to this tiny Polynesian archipelago. Watch the earth’s day come to a close from one of the beaches and chances are you’ll have the place to yourself.
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Sunset is a special time for the holidaymakers on the Philippines’ postcard-perfect beach capital. As the bright blue ocean succumbs to the fiery orange of the sky, the beach bars serve sundowners and chill-out tunes to the deck-chair viewers. Eat, sleep, repeat.
Atacama Desert, Chile
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Eerie in its remoteness yet beautiful in its eerie-ness, sunset over this incredible dry landscape turns the skies improbable shades of orange, red and gold. Some of the best views are over the Valle de la Luna (or the Valley of the Moon), where the backdrop of the Andes becomes the star of the show.
Cape Town, South Africa
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You can watch the sun turn the sky into a moody rainbow as it descends into the Atlantic Ocean, drink in hand, from the beachside cafés of Camps Bay. Or you can take the cable car up Table Mountain and watch the day drain out of the city. Better still, you could do both.
The Pyramids, Egypt
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You can join an organised sunset tour, or any rooftop in Giza will do for an amazing panoramic view. Watch in awe as of one of nature’s most beautiful shows meets one of ancient man’s greatest achievements.
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There’s a reason honeymooners love this chain of islands in the Indian Ocean and there’s nothing like an over-water thatched bungalow to provide the perfect perch from which to watch the sunset. Let the romance begin.
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This picture perfect Greek island has become the global sunset-seeker’s pilgrimage of choice. Watching the sun sink below the white buildings and blue domes from a bar in one of the west-facing towns is difficult to describe without using the word “magic”.
Grand Canyon, USA
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Arizona’s Grand Canyon affords spectacular views at any time of day, but the breezes that stir dust up into the atmosphere can result in a dramatic, multi-coloured sundown experience. Stay on to see the stars in one of the world’s most unpolluted skies.
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One of the world's most famous monuments, the prehistoric stone circle remains an enigma, as no one knows quite why or how it got there. At sunset, when the last rays shine through its portals, the sense of mystery is engulfing.
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The walled city of Dubrovnik shocks most first-timers with its beauty. Come sunset, there’s a little cliff-side bar on the edge of Old Town with tables set among the rocks and from there you have arguably the best view of the incredible sunset. Its location is, of course, a closely guarded secret.
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The saturated colours of the red, red rock take on a whole new kaleidoscope as the sun sinks slowly and there’s a wealth of organised activities to help you enjoy it: picnics, barbecues, Champagne tastings, camel rides and heli-flights to name a few. Or you can just turn up and marvel.
Taj Mahal, India
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Romance and sunset go hand in hand so seeing the sun go down on the symbol of everlasting love is hard to beat. Time it with a full moon and you can linger on to witness another view you’ll never forget.
Up Next: Donna Hay's Healthy Restaurants
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She’s authored 24 cookbooks and edits two successful food magazines, but this is where Donna Hay likes to enjoy a meal when she’s not cooking up one of her own recipes.