Before finally getting the opportunity to visit Santorini this summer, I had dreamed of that specific Greek island for years. Its crystal clear waters, its impressive cliff-side towns, its white-washed buildings with blue roofs and its natural hot springs were all part of the allure that drew me to the island. The thing I looked forward to most, however, was something that isn’t typically the highlight of my travels. What I couldn’t wait for were those Santorini sunsets.
Ranking the world’s best sunsets may be completely subjective, but Santorini somehow finds its way to the top of these lists almost every time. Believe me when I say it’s for a good reason.
As the sun begins its descent, seemingly headed for a quick swim in the sea, locals and tourists alike gather throughout the island on the small pathways, terraces and balconies that overlook the water. While Mother Nature prepares to impress everyone with her daily performance, the west side of the island can get crowded, but it’s a small inconvenience to deal with in order to see such an incredible show.
Without a cloud in the sky, you can see the full roundness of the sun as it slowly begins to change colors. First, it lights up with a deep yellow before showing hints of orange that eventually turn into touches of fiery red. From those colors, spring the pink and purple hues that radiate throughout the sky. The setting sun illuminates the sea and the town overlooking it with gold, and when it finally disappears beyond the horizon, the crowds of people burst into applause, commending Mother Nature for her beautiful display.
I could go on and on for pages about the pure gorgeousness of the sunsets in Santorini, but in this case, I believe the old adage is true: A picture is worth a thousand words.