Wales has everything you need for a beach holiday whether it’s a scenic walk, fascinating history, great food, wildlife spotting, surfing, adventure or just lounging!
Here’s our round up our favourite Welsh beaches…
Best Scenic Beach
New Quay, Ceredigion
Harbour Beach at New Quay is a Blue Flag beach with picturesque harbour and sweeping views along Cardigan Bay – just as in Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood. The bay is famous as the home to the largest pod of bottlenose dolphins in Europe: visitors can choose from half or full day boat tours, or even stunning sunrise trips with A Bay to Remember .
BED: Black Lion New Quay – The famous Black Lion Inn has everything you could want with good food, great views and a warm welcome – there’s a reason why it was the favourite haunt for national treasure Dylan Thomas. Rooms from £70.00.
Best Family Beach
Another Blue Flag beach with legendary sunken forest and golden sand stretching to Ynyslas nature reserve with sand dunes, wildflowers and miles to explore. The younger kids can delve into the rock pools whereas the older more adventurous types can have a go at surfing . The Animalarium is a great option if the weather isn’t holding up, housing animals you would expect in some of the biggest zoos! As for the adults, Dad can head to the golf courses and Mum can sip on a Seaweed Gin.
BED: York House & Pebbles Guest House – Located on the sea front with fantastic locally sourced full Welsh breakfast.
B&B double from £65
Best Off-the-beaten-track Beach
Mwnt is a sheltered sandy cove, owned by the National Trust. A path circles Foel y Mwnt leading to the top of the hill which overlooks the beach . The conical hilltop is ideal for quietly spotting dolphins and the Ceredigion Coast Path passes close by.
BED: Ffynnonfendigaid B&B– B&B on 8 acre site (also includes ‘Beudy Bendigaid’ stone barn conversion for self-catering, and ‘Dolly’ the Circus Waggon).
B&B for 2 in double ensuite from £75.00
Best Sporty Beach
Rest Bay, Porthcawl
Rest Bay is one of the most popular surfing destinations in South Wales. On any given day, you’ll find a rideable wave at Rest Bay, and when the surf is good you’re likely to be sharing the line up with a mixture of ex and current – British, European and Welsh National surfing champions with guys such as Elliot Dudley, Greg Owen, Simon Tucker, Brad Hockridge and Rhino all still involved in the local scene.
BED: Fairways Hotel – Located right on the seafront, Fairways offers fantastic views out over the ocean and is just a short walk from the golden sands of Rest Bay. B&B double from £110
Or how about Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire; likened to the Caribbean this sandy beach is spectacular and only 30 minutes by car from the prestigious hotel, The Grove in Narberth!
And don’t forget Preseli Venture are pioneers of coasteering, kayaking and hiking around the Pembrokeshire Coast and guests can stay in their 5* eco-lodge!