Bordered by 870 miles of rugged coastal path, Wales’ extraordinary beaches are amongst the most popular attractions in the country. Home to over 40 Blue Flag-approved beaches, with several also being recipients of additional Green Coast or Seaside Awards, here’s or top 10 beaches in Wales.
Although Barafundle Bay has more restricted public access than other beaches, its crystal-clear waters and unspoiled sand entice and enthral. The family-friendly Pembrokeshire based beach, often referred to as Wales’ answer to the Caribbean, offers miles of glorious photo opportunities whether atop a cliff, or strolling along the golden sand.
Rhossili Bay is accessible from the small village of Rhossili. Located to the west of the Gower Peninsula, this beach offers three miles of bespoke views that encompass the Helvetia shipwreck, and Worms Head – one of Gower’s most renowned landmarks. Rhossili is suitable for thrill seekers, specifically surfers searching for the bay’s Atlantic swells.
ABEREIDDY BAY BEACH
Abereiddy Bay is a small, secluded pebbled beach that offers many exciting opportunities for visitors to discover the area. From rock pool searching during low tides, to walking atop cliff paths, the beach presents many stunning viewpoints of the surrounding coastline. The calm waters of the nearby Blue Lagoon – a former slate quarry – mean that the beach is also popular with kayakers and swimmers alike.
Situated along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, Southerndown Beach offers spectacular views of the coastline. The rocky terrain of Southerndown is enclosed by limestone cliffs that loom high above the beach, with many paths enticing daring visitors. The beach is also a popular site for water sports activities, fossil hunting and low-tide rock pool exploration.
LLANDUDNO NORTH SHORE
This is Llandudno’s principal beach. Renowned for its traditional Victorian decoration, such as its multi-coloured pebbles, commercial promenade and long pier, Llandudno North draws in thousands of visitors each year. The beach also provides opportunities for donkey rides across the sand and speedboat trips to explore the offshore islands.
An array of pet-friendly dining experiences, miles of gilded sand and a curving promenade make up Whitmore Bay. A traditional seaside resort by heart, the beach has many activities for families seeking a fulfilling day out. From walking to Friars Point to attending Barry Island Pleasure Park, there are many exciting opportunities offered by this beach.
Rest Bay is nestled on the outskirts of Porthcawl with Coney Beach Fair and surrounding attractions located just a short nine-minute drive away. Rest Bay boasts towering waves and lengthy stretches of sand, providing a surfing experience like no other. It also has many rock pools ready for investigation.
Caswell Bay offers solace for those seeking a quiet yet adventurous day out. Just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbles village, Caswell Bay is easily accessible with many rock pools to explore and large waves for thrill seekers to tackle.
TENBY NORTH BEACH
The spectacular cerulean waters of Tenby North beach and the pastel Victorian houses that overlook it have become iconic Welsh imagery. The harbour at the western end of the beach offers many water-based activities from surfing to boat rides to Caldey Island. Visitors can take simple walks through nature, or along the promenade, both of which offer immense views of the well-known Goskar rock and Carmarthen Bay in the distance.
At three miles long, Aberavon is one of the longest beaches in Wales. The north end of the beach is popular for water sport activities including surfing and fishing, whilst the south offers a more commercial venture, with its inclusion of dining and entertainment venues such as Franco’s Bar and Restaurant and Reel Cinema located on, or near, the promenade. The seafront also provides scenic views of Swansea Bay.
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