Dawn is the new sunset: The most magical spots in the world to watch daybreak revealed


Sunsets may grace the covers of many a travel brochure, but there’s a lot to be said for catching dawn instead. 

Firstly, as these breathtaking shots prove, sunrise provides arguably the best natural light with which to take photographs.

It’s also the only time of day at which you’ll be able to dodge tourists at the world’s most-visited landmarks, India’s Taj Mahal for example.

In cold climates such as Sweden, the sun rises for just a few hours during the dark winter, so morning is your only chance to witness the snowy landscape when it’s bright.

In Africa, daybreak is by far the best time to witness its wildlife on safari, and in other hot countries, it’s the opportune time to take a solitary hike before the sun gets too oppressive.

Read on for MailOnline Travel‘s most spectacular spots around the world to enjoy before everyone else wakes up. 

Twelve Apostles

Head off on a road trip along Australia’s Great Ocean Road and be sure to get a head start on the driving just as the sun comes up, captured here from the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park

Cappadocia mountains

Not many destinations in the world inspire such wanderlust as the Turkish Cappadocia mountains, best enjoyed from a hot air balloon at sunrise

Amboseli National Park

Kenya is another region where it pays to drag yourself from slumber in the early hours, in order to catch a morning dose of ‘golden hour’, seen here in the Amboseli National Park


Valparai, a lesser known scenic spot in India’s Tamil Nadu region, is located 3,500 feet above sea level and is often shrouded in a gentle mist first thing in the morning

Lion's Head Cape Town

Cape Town, a sleepy city in the west of South Africa, is renowned as being one of the best vantage points in the world from which to witness the sun rise, seen here peeking around Lion’s Head

 Bunyeroo Valley

The magestic Bunyeroo Valley in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges looks particularly fine under the first morning light

Atlas Mountains

A tiny Moroccan village in Berber appears to be bathed in a bolt of liquid gold as the rest of the Atlas mountains loom grey in the background

Abisko National Park

During the winter months in the northernmost reaches of Sweden, the sun rises briefly in the morning to paint the sky red, seen here over the Abisko National Park, but quickly retreats. True daylight isn’t witnessed here until summer rolls around

Antarctic icebergs

In Antarctica, however, the opposite is true. From September until around April, the sun rises early over the icebergs and doesn’t dip away again until midnight. Even then, it never fully sets

Angkor Wat temple

It looks upon first glance like a raging fire emerging from behind Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex, but rather it’s a cloud lit up by the rising sun

Patagonian Andes

Patagonia sees a lot of dramatic weather over the epic landscape of the Andes, and this early morning rainbow is no exception

Tanda Tula, Kruger National Park

African safaris dotted around the continent typically take their guests on drives at the crack of dawn, as it’s the best time to witness wildlife. A pack of hyenas are seen here on the Tanda Tula grounds in the Kruger National Park

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi, a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is one of the most colourful parts of the country – its sunrises being no exception

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Alternatively, stay closer to home and admire English country scenes like this dawn view of Corfe Castle in Dorset





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