Greece is perhaps one of the best places for sunset-lovers, offering a plethora of idyllic locations to choose from and enjoy this magical time of the day. Come with us on this "trip" to show you what we think to be the best places to catch the sunset in Greece.
Without a doubt, gazing at the sunset moves everyone. The explosion of colors vividly painting the skies with all sort of hues and tones is an experience that repeatedly people seek to live in every chance. Now, to that picture, add deep blues seas, unique natural monuments, and tempting beaches and you have a sunset in Greece, a sight that every sunset-hunter must experience. Here is a short list of the must-visit sunset spots in Greece, carefully selected for you.
Balos – Western Crete
Sunset behind the mountain peak over Balos beach, Crete, Greece - credits: natalyphotography/Shutterstock.com
In case you find yourselves on the island of Crete this summer, do not miss the chance to visit Balos Lagoon, one of the most beautiful sceneries the island has to offer. After your full-day trip to get to Balos, have a bite at a nearby traditional taverna and wait for the sunset. What you are going to see will definitely compensate you for any inconvenience. The sun sets behind the small peninsula of Tigani and paints the sky with all sorts of colors as it dives in the Cretan sea. This background is ideal for you to have a last swim at the cooling waters of the lagoon and lay on the long pinkish beaches of Balos.
Lindos – Rhodes
Sunset in St. Paul's bay (Heart shaped bay) in Lindos, Rhodes - credits: kvika/Shutterstock.com
For those who chose Rhodes as their summer destination, the impressive Acropolis of Lindos is perhaps the best spot to catch the sunset. Visit the site of the Acropolis earlier and wander around the impressive ruins coming from different time-periods, reflecting that way the vast history of the island. Visit the temple of Lindian Athena, see from up close the huge relief of a trireme (warship) dated in the 2nd century BC and admire the Hellenistic walls of the sanctuary and the Castle of the Knights of St. John. Do not miss the chance to enjoy the sunset through the standing columns of the Hellenistic Stoa.
Sounio - Attica
Ruins οf the temple of Poseidon in Sounio - credits: sborisov/Depositphotos.com
At the southernmost point of the Attica region, Sounio stands as an emblematic archaeological site that every visitor of Athens must attend. Just an hour away from the city-center, Sounio hosts the majestic classical Temple of Poseidon, climbed on top of the hill and brutally beaten by the waves of the Aegean Sea. The place where according to ancient Greek Mythology, Aegeus fell mistakenly mourning the death of his son Theseus, is one of the must-go destinations for every sunset-lover and always included in every Athens travel guide. Relax on the grounds of Poseidon’s temple or have a swim at the beautiful beach nearby and enjoy the beautiful sunset Attica has to offer!
Santorini - Cyclades
Oia village at sunset, Santorini island, Greece - credits: Mila Atkovska/Shutterstock.com
Perhaps one of the most photographed, and idyllic sunset spots in Greece, Santorini is well known worldwide for its natural beauty and the iconic caldera. Find your favorite spot, either at Fira, Imerovigli or the well-known Oia and relax by watching the sunset in one of the most beautiful places in the whole Mediterranean Sea. For those though, that want to find themselves in a less touristy place, choose Therasia, the small island next to Santorini and watch the sunset with the Therian caldera as background.
Meteora - Central Greece
Sunset in Meteora - credits: NataliaD/Shutterstock.com
Meteora is the second most important monastic center of Greece (after the Athos region) located at an awe-inspiring natural landmark unique to the Mediterranean region. Perhaps the best place for you to experience the religiosity and humbling atmosphere of the Greek- Orthodox tradition, Meteora also offers you one of the most impressive sunset spots you should not miss. After a full day of discovering ancient monasteries, secret monastic cells in small caves, and exploring the massive iconic pillars of Meteora, choose one of the designated sunset spots and witness how a sunset could be as magical as on an island, in the mainland of Greece.
Naxos - Cyclades
Portara, ruins of the ancient temple of Delian Apollo on Naxos island at sunset - credits: Stamatios Manousis/Shutterstock.com
Naxos is the largest island of Cyclades with a vast history and a tranquil atmosphere, suitable for anyone that wants to have an authentic Cycladic experience off-the-beaten-path. Just by visiting the Chora of Naxos, you will find yourselves surrounded by monuments dated from antiquity up until today. Wander around the alleys of the medieval castle of Naxos but do not miss the opportunity to catch the sunset at the small islet of Palatia at the port of Naxos. There, you'll have the chance to sit on the grounds of the ancient temple of Apollo and watch the sun setting behind Portara, the monumental gate of the temple, the symbol of Naxos!
Navagio, Zakynthos - Ionian Sea
Idyllic sunset view of Navagio Beach on Zakynthos island - credits: gorillaimages/Shutterstock.com
Zakynthos belongs to the Heptanese island complex of the Ionian Sea which is located at the western part of Greece. Completely different to the Cyclades islands, Zakynthos hosts lush pine forests reaching down the beach, resulting in a mesmerizing scenery with emerald waters and long stretched sandy beaches. Perhaps the most iconic landmark of the island is the shipwreck (Navagio) at the northwesternmost tip of the island attracting visitors from all around the world. The beach of the shipwreck is accessible only by boat but the one can enjoy a spectacular sunset from the cliffs overlooking the picturesque beach. Do not forget to grab your camera and enjoy a view taken out from a fairytale.
From Meteora to Crete and from Zakynthos to Rhodes, Greece is a country that offers to the visitor some of the most iconic sunsets a man can experience in the Mediterranean Sea. Plan your own trip to one of the destinations listed above or check out one of our Greece tours.