June 10, 2021 5 min read
The best beaches in Wales are some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in the world, with hundreds of hidden coves and bays. Despite their beauty, many of these Wales beaches remain relatively inaccessible, little known and rarely visited. Some Welsh beaches are Blue Flag beaches, some are sandy, some are rocky and some beaches, or least parts of them are dog friendly. No part of Wales has a monopoly on the best beaches – the list contains beaches in north Wales, south and west Wales. The south Wales beaches of the Pembrokeshire coast deserve a special mention in that the entire coastline of Pembrokeshire is a National Park due to the outstanding beauty of the coastline.
Beaches in Wales are the Blue Flag 'capital' of the UK with more Blue Flag beaches per mile than anywhere else. The iconic Blue Flag is a world-renowned eco-label owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The prestigious Blue Flag awards together with the Green Coast and Seaside Awards make a total of over 100 awards for Wales beaches.
Wales enjoys a large coastline that is approximately 870 miles (or 1,400 kilometres) long from Queensferry, Flintshire in north East Wales to Chepstow, Gwent in the south East. The Welsh Coast Path was opened in 2012 and covers the entire length of the 870 coastline and the list of 20 of the best beaches in Wales comes from all parts of this coastline.
Aberdaron lies at the very end of the Llyn Peninsula and is a lovely little village and beach which becomes extremely popular in sunnier weather. Formerly a fishing village, pilgrims would stop over here on their way to Ynys Enlli, the ‘Isle of 20,000 Saints’. Also known as Bardsey Island, it is now an internationally renowned National Nature Reserve for its birdlife.
This isolated beach, often voted as one of the best beaches in the UK, is only accessible by a half mile walk from the nearest car park.
Wales’ longest beach is in south Wales and is an eight-mile-long dog walkers’ paradise, part of the Pembrey Country Park with views to the Gower peninsula
Between Amroth and Laugharne on Carmarthen Bay, this vast seven-mile stretch of beach is famous for the car racing of yesteryear. Famous as the beach where Sir Malcolm Campbell set the world land speed record in the 1920s.
Porthcawl is an exceedingly popular seaside resort in south Wales. There are many beaches in the Portcawl area. On the east side is Newton Beach, a long sandy and rocky beach, backed by the Newton Burrows and Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, and ending at the mouth of the River Ogmore at Ogmore-by-Sea.
In addition there is the famous Trecco Bay, Sandy Bay, Coney Beach and the Seafront Beach, also known as Town Beach. On the west side of the resort is Rest Bay and the smaller Pink Bay and Sker Beach.
Stunning! Rhosili Beach is one of the photographed beach in Wales and is famous for that ‘House’ standing alone above the beach. To get to the beach is via a very steep path.
A small beach on the Ceredigion coastal path between Aberporth and PenyBryn. Very popular with families during the summer offering safe swimming and rock pools. There are public toilets near the beach, with wheelchair access. There is also a café, a first aid post, a shop and The Ship Inn Pub providing lots of tables inside and out, for meals overlooking the beach. Limited car parking with some spaces for cars displaying disabled stickers.
Ynyslas is a huge beach on the Estuary beach on the river Dyfi looking over the other side of river to Aberdyfi (see above). Fantastic scenery with dramatic views of the Cambrian mountains.
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Last update 10th June 2021
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