From dust til’ dawn, best urban sunsets!

By Sergio González | 10:28

We know how cool and relaxing it is to sit with a cold beer in hand to watch the sun call it day by the beach but watching the sunset over Paris skyline is as rewarding and one of the coolest things to do in any city; for free. Today we share three Southern European cities that combine interesting natural scenery, cool antique architecture and the kind of empowering sunlight you only find at this latitude.

What about a summer sunset over snow-covered mountains and a Moorish palace, UNESCO World Heritage, and impressive Mediterranean woods; welcome to Alhambra, in the Southern Spanish region of Andalucia. This overwhelming scenery was described by Muslim poets as ‘a pearl set in emeralds’ and it has been fascinating visitors for more than 800 years. Don’t miss it!

Considered almost a magical building, the symbolism and Maths in the building have inspired not only best-selling tales to Washington Irvine or Paulo Coelho but also postmodern architecture in America, composers like Debussy or former USA president Bill Clinton –there’s a plaque where he used to sit while he was studying in Granada.

Add to this already perfect spot a lovely quiet quarter, the Albaicín, below the hill where from the Alhambra watches the horizon and a refreshing stream of clean air from the mountains to enjoy one of the best sunsets in the world, whether urban or not.

If you decide to visit the Alhambra, you can stay at our NH Inglaterra in Granada, it’s located right in the heart of this fascinating city, convenient to both the Alhambra and the historic Albaicín district.

 

Built up by fleeing Romans around 660 BC over the Bosphurus Strait, Istanbul has served as capital for several empires since then and every single one wanted to leave their first class print in the last city of Europe. Monuments and sights in the old city of Constantinople seem to compete each other in greatness and magnificence trying to beat the natural charm of the Bosphorus.

As the sun rises from the West, Constantinople is the last Asian city to welcome the day but the first European place to call it a day.

The best pictures can be taken -or just enjoyed- from Kosuyolu Park or Istanbul Limani ferry pier.  You’ll set your eyes over Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. If light is too much too handle, get some advice on how to photograph the dust from here.

The city of Naples was founded by Greek sailors from the island of Rhodes in 2000 BC and it quickly developed into a big city thanks to its natural harbor and strategic position in the way to Rome. Many buildings in old Naples were built in dun sandstone so when the sun sets over the bay, not only you enjoy truly amazing natural scenery –Mt Vesubius is here, right kissing the sea– but also the golden sun of the evening plays charming light effect over the stone.

It’s hard to say which is the best spot from where t o see the sunset in Naples because you can stay in the city and look towards the sea and the beautiful Mediterranean islands that ribbon Naples. But you could also sail to one of these, Ischia is a good choice, and enjoy the city’s view.

We have two very good viewing spots in Naples. NH Ambassador, a four-stars skyscraper watching the bay, and the charming NH Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, that should be on this list -a hotel built in a cliff over the sea which used to be a monastery it’s a sunset on its own.

 

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