The Sunniest Cities in the World For Your Sunny Vacations!

Here Comes the Sun: Top 10 Cities in the World With the Longest Sunny Hours!

Let the shine in!

The best vacations come with a clear sky and the sun gleaming bright, without a trace of rain clouds to dampen your mood. When you’re planning your next trip, why not consider visiting the countries with the sunniest cities in the world? These are the cities that have the longest sunny hours daily and annually; you can likewise bet on happy tours that won’t be ruined by rain or cloudy weather. Just remember to apply lots of sunscreen, bring your best sunglasses, and of course — take lots of photos!

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Sunniest cities in the world

Yuma, Arizona | Image credit: Cheri Aguire via Canva Pro

This data comes from Sleepopolis, which summarises each continent’s top cities that have the most and least sunshine hours annually. According to the website, Yuma, Arizona is the sunniest city in the world. This means that tourists have a 90% chance of enjoying the city’s sunshine no matter the season. 

Below are the top 10 sunniest cities in the world with their respective number of sunshine hours per year:

sunniest cities in the world

Marsa Alam, Egypt | Image credit: maudanros via Canva Pro

  1. Yuma, Arizona – 4,015.3
  2. Marsa Alam, Egypt – 3,958.0
  3. Calama, Chile – 3926.2
  4. Dakhla Oasis, Egypt – 3943.4
  5. Phoenix, Arizona – 3,871.6
  6. Keetmanshoop, Namibia – 3870
  7. Las Vegas, Nevada – 3,825.3
  8. Tucson, Arizona – 3,806.0
  9. Kharga, Egypt – 3790.8
  10. El Paso, Texas – 3,762.5

Aside from the sunniest cities in the world, Sleepopolis also gave the top five sunniest cities per continent. The following cities have the longest sunshine hours in their respective continents:


Dubai, UAE | Image credit: Wael Hneini

  1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
  2. Muscat, Oman
  3. Tel Aviv, Israel
  4. Abha, Saudi Arabia
  5. Baghdad, Iraq


sunniest cities in the world

Nicosia, Cyprus | Image credit: Datingjungle

  1. Nicosia, Cyprus 
  2. Ierapetra, Greece
  3. Valletta, Malta
  4. Athens, Greece
  5. Marseille, France


Dakhla Oasis, Egypt | Image credit: Siempreverde22 via Canva Pro

  1. Marsa Alam, Egypt
  2. Dakhla Oasis, Egypt
  3. Keetmanshoop, Namibia
  4. Kharga, Egypt
  5. Khartoum, Sudan

North America

sunniest cities in the world

Phoenix, Arizona | Image credit: Sean Pavone via Canva Pro

  1. Yuma, Arizona, USA
  2. Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  3. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  4. Tucson, Arizona, USA
  5. El Paso, Texas, USA

South America

sunniest cities in the world

Calama, Chile | Image credit: DoraDalton via Canva Pro

  1. Calama, Chile
  2. Arequipa, Peru
  3. Maracaibo, Venezuela
  4. Antofagasta, Chile
  5. Mendoza, Argentina


Perth, Australia | Image credit: zetter via Canva Pro

  1. Perth, Australia
  2. Darwin, Australia
  3. Brisbane, Australia
  4. Canberra, Australia
  5. Adelaide, Australia

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See below for the full infographic:

world cities ranked by annual sunshine hours 10

Were the lists of the sunniest cities in the world what you expected? If not, then perhaps this is a sign to add these sunny destinations to your bucket list. Let us know on our Facebook page if you’ve already visited any of the mentioned cities!

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Therese Sta. Maria
Therese Sta. Maria

Therese's close friends know that if they haven’t seen her around recently, then she’s probably having an adventure with her luggage and camera in hand. Though she loves staying at home and spending lazy afternoons with friends, there are times when she has to be "away from home to feel at home," — that’s when she’s bitten by the travel bug. See her travels on Instagram @reesstamaria.


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