Wales is renowned for its landscapes, and nowhere is this natural beauty more apparent than along the country's coastline. In fact, Wales is home to some of the most stunning beaches found anywhere. From peaceful bays to activity-packed seaside resorts, here is our selection of the best beaches in Wales.
Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
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With golden sand and crystal-clear water, Barafundle Bay makes visitors feel like they've discovered a piece of paradise. A short walk brings you to this quiet beach, which is framed by a stone wall built when Barafundle served as the private beach for a local family. There are no facilities, so remember to bring along a picnic.
Barmouth Beach has been attracting beachgoers since the Victorian era, and its central location makes it an ideal base for a holiday in Snowdonia. Backed by rolling hills and boasting views over the harbour, this sandy beachfront offers a range of activities that will keep the whole family happy.
Three Cliffs Bay, Gower
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So named for its backdrop of limestone crags, Three Cliffs Bay is a breathtaking spot. This vast length of spotless sand is intersected by a stream and, nearby, you can explore the ruins of Pennard Castle. Access to Three Cliffs Bay is via a steep footpath, but the tranquil beach below is a worthy reward for your physical effort.
Mwnt Beach, Ceredigion
Mwnt Beach is a hidden gem that will especially appeal to nature enthusiasts. The waters off this sheltered cove allow regular sightings of marine life, including dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks. A white 14th-Century church, set in the hills above the beach, completes this photogenic scene.
Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
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Freshwater West is set along a wild stretch of coastline, featuring sand dunes, rock pools and waves so consistent that they attract surfers all year round. The beach may even look familiar, as it's been used as a filming location, most notably for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Porthor, Llŷn Peninsula
Porthor is a great option for families, as its gleaming sands hold a secret. The irregular shape of the sand results in an unusual noise whenever someone treads here, earning this beach the nickname of 'Whistling Sands'.
North Beach, Tenby
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Tenby is an excellent destination for a seaside break. There are a few beaches to choose from, but North Beach, with its line of pastel-hued Victorian houses, is a local favourite. Stay at a hotel in Tenby and then watch time slip away at North Beach, which is within walking distance to an array of amenities and restaurants.
Rhossili Beach, Gower
Rhossili Beach has won numerous awards, and it's easy to see why. This three-mile crescent of fine sand is the prime spot to view the iconic tidal island of Worm's Head. Rhossili may not be the most accessible beach, where a steep path leads down to the shoreline, but it remains one of Wales' most beloved beaches.
Cefn Siden, Carmarthenshire
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Eight miles long and popular for watersports, Cefn Siden offers holidaymakers an adventurous day out at the beach. Cefn Siden is part of Pembrey Country Park, with the beach running alongside a series of sand dunes and salt marshes. Stay for low tide when, as if by magic, the remains of shipwrecks suddenly appear.
Rest Bay, Bridgend
This beach's name says it all. Serene and offering basic facilities, the beach at Rest Bay is a lovely place to escape the rush of modern life. Make a weekend of it by staying at a hotel in Porthcawl, and then linger at Rest Bay, sitting back to watch the surfers take on the swells.
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