Welsh beaches & coastline
We're surrounded by sea on three sides, which means that we have a lot of beaches. In 2017 Wales has been awarded a record 50 blue flag status sites, including 45 beaches, two boat tour operators, and three marinas.
The Pembrokeshire coastline is 186 miles (300km) long and would take around two and a half weeks to walk! It also involves more ascent than climbing Everest. However, you don't need your hiking boots to see the dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, Atlantic grey seals and leatherback turtles that often visit our shores.
2018 we are celebrating the Year of the Sea. Discover our epic shores, our coast, dramatic seascapes, and active inland waterways, all teeming with life, adventure and legend.
Tenby is one our most popular resorts along the coast. It has three Blue Flag Beaches, which stretch for three miles. It's also noted for having one of the most sandcastle friendly sands in Britain.
The Gower has many stunning beaches including Caswell Bay, Port Eynon (pictured) and Langland Bay. Rhossili Bay was voted as the top beach in the UK and Europe's third best beach in a survey of worldwide tourists. It even made the top 10 list of best beaches in the world.
Framed by a pair of limestone headlands, the Great Orme and the Little Orme. Visit Llandudno and enjoy time on the beach or take a walk along the perfectly preserved Victorian seafront.
Located in South Wales, Porthcawl's beaches are really popular with surfers and other water sports fans. Nearby is the Merthyr Mawr Warren which has some of the largest sand dunes in Europe. The Royal Porthcawl Golf course alongside the beach was the location for the 2014 and 2017 Senior Golf Open Championship.
The seven mile stretch of beach at Pendine Sands in Carmarthen Bay was voted one of the best travel discoveries of 2017 by the Guardian.
There are 870 miles to explore with lots to do and see along the way.
Wales is the only country in the world to have a continuous coastal path stretching its entire length.
Discover castles, villages, wildlife and beautiful countryside. There's a selection of long and short walks to choose from.
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