Epic sunset spots in Western Europe

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Sunsets have something mystical about them and, for many, there is hardly a more romantic sight to behold. The moment the sun starts to dip below the horizon and throws a beautiful blanket over everything you can see — that's something truly special. In Europe, there are some spectacular places to witness this daily ritual, places that make this moment even more unique and special. And the fact that some of them are so remote you'll be the only person for miles makes the whole thing even more incredible. So, let's celebrate the beginning of new days: Here are the best sunset spots in Western Europe.

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    One thing in advance: you can not wait for classic sunsets north of the Arctic Circle in midsummer. But with the midnight sun, you will experience a natural spectacle of truly epic breadth on the Vesterålen archipelago. On the north-west coast of the island of Andøya, around the small village of Bleik, a bay with dazzling white sandy beaches joins the next. If the weather is mild, one would expect to be on the beach of Bleik more in the Caribbean than north of Lofoten and 300 kilometers above the Arctic Circle. If you are looking for the absolute loneliness while enjoying the midnight sun, you will leave the mostly deserted beaches, circling one of the lakes behind Bleik or climbing the cliffs with magnificent views of the North Atlantic Ocean.

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    Godrevy Head at the eastern end of St Ives Bay, overlooking Godrevy Island and its lighthouse, offers one of Cornwall's most beautiful sunsets. The lighthouse on Godrevy Iceland is said to have inspired the writer Virginia Woolf to her novel "To the Lighthouse". West of Godrevy Head is a series of breathtaking beaches such as Gwithian Beach, where Atlantic waves meet at full speed.

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    The north of Ireland is rough and secluded - and gives it its own very original charm. Located in the extreme northwest of the Republic of Ireland, the Slieve League cliffs at 600 meters are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe - offering spectacular sunsets overlooking the untamed vastness of the Atlantic Ocean. The One Man's Path leads partly at dizzying heights along the cliffs and should under no circumstances be underestimated in wind and rainy weather. Those who wander here experience above all loneliness and rough, unbridled nature. Even if the sunsets here can be a special experience: Since the paths and paths are not widely developed "tourist suitable" everywhere, you should make sure that you are back in the dark.

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    Neist Point Lighthouse

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    Viewpoint and location of the Neist Point Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye. The lighthouse itself is a bit rundown and cannot be entered, but the views are spectacular, and whales and dolphins can be spotted from here. The walk requires a lot of stamina. Great views also at sunset.

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    The North Sea island of Amrum is not at the end of the world, but in one of the most beautiful corners of Germany. With the island west of Kniepsand Amrum has one of the widest sandy beaches in northern Europe. In addition to sand in all its facets, the approximately 1.5-kilometer-wide and approximately twelve-kilometer-long beach offers its visitors terrific sunsets almost every season. The Kniepsand geologically does not belong to Amrum. It is actually a huge sandbank that slowly wanders north from the island. So, if you take it very close and you really want to see the sun sinking from Amrum into the North Sea, you should head out of the beach into the unique dune landscape. Since the dunes are largely nature reserve, it is advisable to stay on the planks and the designated areas.

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    One of the most beautiful sunsets in the Bretange offers the wild rugged Steep kisses of Penhir Peninsula on the Crozon Peninsula. While the sun sinks in the Atlantic Ocean, one looks at the islands of the Tas de Pois, which are located directly off the peninsula. In addition, from Pointe de Penhir you have a wonderful view of the other capes of the Crozon Peninsula and the cliffs with their sandy beaches underneath. It does not always have to be the official vantage point. Really good views of the Pointe de Penhir and the sun setting in the sea, you get even if you walk along the cliffs along - or climb. The cliffs of Penhir are extremely popular with Breton climbers. If you like climbing you should consider bringing your gear.

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    With a height of more than a hundred meters and a length of about 2.7 kilometers, the Dune du Pilat is the largest dune in Europe - and after Mont-Saint-Michel the natural monument with the second most frequent visitors in France. Even if the dune is - quite rightly - a tourist magnet, the rise pays off in any case. The view of the sun sinking in the Atlantic Ocean is as grand as the view of the vast pine forests behind the dune or the Lège-Cap-Ferret peninsula. Since the entire dune, the underlying sandy beaches and the forests behind are extremely extensive, visitors are relatively well distributed on most days, especially since almost all areas of the dune are freely accessible. In the sea in front of the dune is the huge sandbank Banc d'Arguin. As you descend from the ridge of the dune to the Atlantic and turn left (south), you can walk down the beach for several days.

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    If you come to the National Park mainly because of the beach and the sunsets, we recommend a hotel in the tourist town of Matalascañas, which is surrounded on three sides by the National Park and in the area also several visitor centers. Camping Doñana Mazagón is located within the National Park within walking distance of the beach and the dunes. In principle, the entrance to the national park is free.

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    The most turbulent Cabo de São Vicente marks the southwesternmost point of Europe, and was already a place of worship in the Stone Age and Phoenician times. Today, in the high season, tourists gather on the cliffs, which are sixty meters above sea level, to watch the sun sink into the wildly whipped Atlantic Ocean. The Cape of São Vicente gives a relatively barren impression, which is loosened in the high season by some souvenir stalls and tourist buses. The end of the cape is determined by a distinctive lighthouse (including outbuildings). Because of the wild sea, this lighthouse still fulfills an important function today - especially since until now ships keep a respectful distance to the Cape. With a light beam of 60 kilometers, the lighthouse at Cabo de São Vicente is considered one of the brightest in Europe. A few kilometers north of the cape are some still relatively little visited, miles of sandy beaches that are ideal for surfing - or for beach walks. For many, these beaches - despite the relatively low water temperatures - are among the most beautiful and unspoilt in Europe.

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    Finisterre comes from the Latin "finis terrae" - meaning "end of the earth". Legends and legends surround this mystical place. For the people of antiquity and the Middle Ages, this promontory not only ended the familiar world, but at Cape Finisterre is also the unofficial endpoint of the Way of St. James. Many who see the sun sinking in the Atlantic here have sometimes traveled hundreds of kilometers on foot - the mood among the pilgrims is correspondingly unique. Already Celts and Romans erected solar altars on this wildly rugged cape, today you will find at the end of the promontory a spacious lighthouse building and the landmark marking the kilometer zero of the Way of St. James.

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