Being trapped inside indefinitely did a number on my introverted soul, and suddenly I find myself with the urge to go places I’ve never been before. And with an incoming heatwave reported, if you are anything like me going for a swim somewhere new seems like a good call. Hopefully, this list will give you more insight into what’s out there on that front…
In my opinion, Tenby’s beaches are unparalleled for beauty and choice. There are three of them to choose from, each walking distance from the town centre. Aside from the wonderful soft sandy bays and beautiful blue sea, the town is chock full of character and history – while a boat ride across the sea will take you to the peaceful Cistercian monk home of Caldey Island, where exploration is mandatory for stunning views and beautiful wildlife.
Wales’ best kept secret is the beauty of Anglesey. The beaches are so scenic that you will wonder why you ever left the UK for sandy stretches before. With plenty of coastal routes to track and enjoy, aside from the sea, there is plenty of offer here in terms of water sports. Kayaking and canoeing are a perfect way to appreciate nature – and it is a great upper body workout.
If surfing is your jam, Rhosilli is your beach. This wonderful corner of the world sports perfect waves for amateur and pro surfers. With plenty to do here in terms of exploration, if you’re feeling adventurous wiggle on over to Worm’s Head for wonderful views and epic bragging rights. If not, relax – literally.
If you fancy more bustle in your buck, head to Aberystwyth. The thriving town by the sea is a student haven and ever-popular with holidaymakers – for good reason. With a busy collection of shops and restaurants ready and waiting for tourists, this place is livelier than others on this list but there are some wonderful places to visit.
With a name as cute as this one, how can you not indulge a trip? Right on Swansea’s doorstep is a sneakily swanky town that Dylan Thomas used to peruse. With the wonderful beaches surrounding this modern urban setting, swimming here needs to be finished with an ice cream from Joe’s. Of course it’s only a stone’s throw from Swansea, which is packed with character and some marvellous beaches too – and if you head further, you’ll end up in the natural majesty of the Gower.
You’ve definitely seen pictures of this place on Instagram, as it seems as if every spot here is a camera-worthy moment. Perfect for a family outing, this place has all the facilities needed to have an excellent day or relaxation and fun. Hunt for fossils in the rockpools or go and explore the castle; there is so much history here it would be mean not to enjoy it all.
Made famous by Gavin & Stacey, Barry is home to plenty of beaches and places to explore. With coastal paths for avid walkers and plenty of classic seaside shenanigans to amuse the kids, it is easy to see why city folk flock there whenever the sun is out. The downside with Barry is that it can be busy, so try being smart when you head down.
THE BLUE LAGOON, ABEREIDDI
This secret spot has been coveted by the National Trust for years. The site of natural beauty is unparalleled and a popular spot for the seasoned traveller and wild swimmer.
This nifty beach is close to the bustle of Swansea and is perfect for relaxers and enjoyers of water sports. Keep an eye on kids as there are no lifeguards here – this place is for strong swimmers only. But there are plenty of natural spots worthy of exploration, and the Gower is close by too.
This prim, even kitsch town is a prime spot for day trips and brilliant beaches. With a zoo, a theme park, and what felt like endless possibilities when it came to watersport activities, there is so much to do here. Of course, you could just go for the breathtaking beaches. As with each spot on the list, don’t forget to respect current travel advice when it comes to planning holidays – or to bring sunscreen!
words PERRY WYATT
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