The sunrise is indeed one of the most evocative events that Mother Nature can offer us. The first rays of the sun that flood the earth, emerging from the sea, between two mountain peaks, or among the ice as in semi-unknown lands, always manage to surprise us, to fascinate us, to capture us.
But which are the most beautiful “sun greetings”?
Here is the list of the 20 most beautiful sunrises in the world!
20. Black Sea, Romania
The Romanian shores of the Black Sea can offer not only the opportunity to spend a low-cost holiday but also to eternalize one of the most breathtaking sunrises in your mind (and with your camera!). Soft, lively, and absolutely warm colors, ranging from pink to slightly accentuated red and orange shades, illuminate the shore, the waters, and the entire beach.
19. Svalbard Islands, Norway
In the mysterious Svalbard Islands, the Norvegian pearls, the sunrise, and the sunset almost merge. There are no clear boundaries between daytime and nighttime hours because this place, among the inhabited ones, is the most northern in the world. This allows you to witness a more unique than a rare moment, with a riot of warm colors that blend with the whiteness of the Scandinavian glaciers.
18. New York, USA
The city that has become the ideal set for internationally successful movies and TV series boasts the presence of no less movie-like dawn. Americans call it Manhattanhenge, paraphrasing the famous Stonehenge, to highlight the peculiarity of a phenomenon that occurs especially in late May and mid-July. On these particular dates, the sun rises in the middle of the roadway, illuminating the streets of Manhattan with its rays, giving an Oscar-worth show to the lucky observers.
17. Haleakala, Hawaii
The Hawaiian volcano Haleakala allows visitors, once they arrive near its crater, to experience a paradox that alone is worth the entire visit to the area. Although its name literally means “house of the sun”, to witness a sunrise surrounded by large and white clouds near the volcano, you must wear waterproof equipment, very similar to that of astronauts, since the temperatures on Haleakala are really low, often, below freezing.
16. Tulum, Mexico
In Tulum, the sun is seen almost as a deity. The natives usually get up before sunrise, to reach the beach and welcome, together with the “loyal” of this mother star, the first rays that color the shore, the evocative ruins of the Maya of Zama, and the ocean with a very hot orange. It is indeed a special event that attracts thousands of believers and the curious ones every year.
15. Punta Palascìa (Otranto), Italy
The down at Otranto, the easternmost point of the Bel Paese, is visible from the famous lighthouse of Punta Palascìa.
A true spectacle of nature, the sunrise on the sea waters offers a riot of unparalleled lights, shades, and colors. Otranto inhabitants have even dedicated an event to the town and its extraordinary naturalistic show, which takes place on 31 December, called “The sunrise of the people”.
14. Ganges River, India
The banks of the Indian river Ganges seems to be immersed in gold, where the sunrise radiates in all its power over this immense stream. A moment to eternalize; a moment that offers moments of amazement but also pushes us to contemplate with open mouth the wonders that our land offers us without pretensions.
13. Great Wall, China
Having the once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the Great Wall of China is already a privilege. But witnessing the first rays of the sun that softly kiss one of the most important attractions of the “yellow continent” can be considered a real fortune. It is an event that has to be eternalized and to do that, we advise you to reach the Wall a few hours before sunrise and carefully choose the best point from where you will take a photo of one of the most beautiful and unforgettable moments in the world.
12. Taveuni Island, Fiji
The Fiji archipelago is known for offering tourists not only crystal clear sea and pristine beaches for a dreamy vacation but also breathtaking sunrises to those willing to get up early in the morning.
The early waking up will certainly pay off, especially if you opt to say good morning to the world on the shores of the unspoiled island of Taveuni, also known as the garden island. We advise the diving enthusiasts to admire the sunrise underwater and let themselves be carried away by the chromatic mix of the red and orange corals meeting the golden sun rays after being “broken” in the water.
11. Rome, Italy
The capital of Italy lives moments of rejoicing and fall, gripped by numerous problems (as, sadly, the national news testifies every day), still, it can offer tourists and inhabitants real dreamy views.
One of them is the sunrise over Rome. During this natural spectacle, the sun kisses legendary monuments, such as the Colosseum or the Janiculum. And there’s the Lungotevere where the sun rays color the water, reflecting on it. A magnificent event! Is there a similar spectacle in another city?
10. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
They call it the ” roof of Africa ” and climbing it has always been the dream of every expert hiker. Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, offers a glimpse of the aurora that can’t be compared to any other aurora seen so far. If you have the opportunity to climb the summit one day, you will have the most unique honor to admire the mountain “repainted” in shades of pink and purple at the first light of dawn. The sky and the surrounding clouds also take the same shades when the sun rises.
Just imagine that… breathtaking! A moment of contemplation, where the man comes into contact with nature in the most intimate and, in some respects, transcendental way.
9. Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
In the famous Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya, visitors can witness a double show: the rising of dawn and, in the background, the evocative silhouettes of the local very rich and varied fauna which ranges from elephants to giraffes to fearsome cats. This is, in fact, the ideal time for the animals of the savannah to find their own food.
The sunrise in Antarctica is not a phenomenon that is commonly seen, of course. Precisely for this reason, the spectacle seen by visitors is considered a unique phenomenon of its kind. When the first light of dawn peeps timidly among the white glaciers, the whole sky is tinged with warm pastel colors. The shades of red and pink are those that give warmth to one of the coldest areas of the entire planet.
7. Stonehenge, England
Stonehenge is already a legendary place in itself as if it came straight out of Tolkien kind fantasy books. If we add the spectacle of dawn to this almost mystical scenario, then the result can only be cinematic.
The sunrise in this extraordinary English location offers the best of itself especially in the period of the solstices when the sun enters the scene, aligning with the stone trilith that has made the area so famous.
6. Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan
Do you know the movie “The tea in the desert”? The atmosphere given by the sunrise in the Jordanian desert of Wadi Rum is very similar. Red sand, yellow sun, clear sky, the silhouette of camels in the background… you can’t help but be delighted by the “good morning” offered by this “another universe” existing on the globe, which was actually a set for a recent film dedicated to Mars.
5. Galàpagos Islands, Ecuador
If your dream is to witness a sunrise that you will be hard to forget (maybe while embracing your sweetheart), then you can surrender to the charm of the Galàpagos islands archipelago. This grouping of volcanic islands in Ecuador reveals all its splendor when the first rays of the sun “kiss” it, bringing out the bright colors of the sea and the local flora.
4. The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
The sun kissing Egypt paints the marvelous Great Pyramid of Giza with its warm shades, with shades ranging from yellow to orange. A moment, suspended in time, to be lived in total contemplation.
3. Grand Canyon, Arizona
The sunrise over the majestic Grand Canyon offers an interesting range of colors. The sun rays, touching the rocks of the canyon, give them an enviable variety of colors. This spectacle can be admired from different points of the canyon, including the famous Bryce Canyon’s Sunrise Point.
2. Cappadocia, Turkey
How to turn a pleasant recurring event into an authentic show? It happens in Cappadocia, a place in Turkey known for offering its visitors a truly unique and unrepeatable opportunity – to admire the sunrise from above, aboard one of the colorful hot air balloons that overlook the area, and live an unprecedented experience.
1. Palawan, Philippines
“Wild” Palawan, in the Philippines, is universally considered the most beautiful island in the world. Apart from being the most beautiful one, it’s also the island with the most beautiful sunrise in the world, which you can enjoy from El Nido Miniloc Island. Varied and luxuriant vegetation, clear sea, almost unexplored beaches, and rocky mountains have made this “jewel” one of the most popular tourist destinations. And, the evocative dawn with its short but intense game of warm colors that involves the sea, the sky, and the earth, captured and immortalized by tourists and natives, only contributes to the popularity of Palawan with the hope that this heavenly corner on the Earth remains unspoiled, despite the presence of the “civilized” man.