Year of the Sea - Our Epic Shores

In 2018 we’re inviting you to discover Wales’ epic shores. Our Year of the Sea will celebrate the coast, dramatic seascapes, and active inland waterways, all teeming with life, adventure and legend.

Through our unique coastal communities, our lakes and rivers, and the products, events, and people that bring them all together, you’ll find a story in every cove and on every cliff top.

Doggie paddlers, yoga posers, seaside adventurers, coastal cruisers: you’re all invited to join us.

These shores are epic. 

This is our Year of the Sea.  #FindYourEpic

Pier lit up under dark sky

Instagrammable coast

Wales is a photographer’s dream. Here are ten must-see landmarks for you and your camera
Barafundle, Pembrokeshire

Coasts Alive

2018 is Wales’ Year of the Sea and we’re inviting you to visit the epic events taking place.

View of Tenby with Caldey Island in background

Coastal communities to explore

Discover fantastic independent restaurants, cosy cafés and unique attractions – and lose yourself in picturesque harbours, seafronts, and streetscape
Sea view from inside the restaurant

Eat by the sea

Seven Welsh seaside towns foodies need to visit
Crowds at Festival No 6.

Welsh seaside festivals

Seaside festival favourites to keep you buzzing through 2018 and into next year
Kirsty Jones doing yoga on the beach.

8 yoga spots with a view

Find inner calm amongst the most inspiring scenery the UK has to offer
Kirsty Jones standing by the sea.

Mindfulness in Wales

5 easy ways to practice mindfulness or just chill out on the coast of Wales
A man jumping off a cliff as part of sunset coasteering in Abereiddy Bay, Pembrokeshire

5 extreme activities

Adrenaline fuelled adventures on the Welsh coast
Cliff camping

8 epic group activities

Exhilarating coastal bucket list experiences to tick off your list
Portmeirion hotel lit up at night

Unique sleeps in Wales

Magnificent sea, waterside and river stays to be had in Wales
Lake Vyrnwy

Wonderful Welsh waterways

Rivers to paddle along, canals to picnic by and lakes with hidden depths
Man kitesurfing on Broadhaven beach, Pembrokeshire

Kitesurfing in Wales

World champion Kirsty Jones on why Wales trumps Hawaii for kitesurfing.

interior of restaurant

Coastal eateries

Where to eat – and what to eat - on Wales’ delicious coastline
Group of children and lifeguards running into the sea with surfboards.

Top Ten patrolled beaches

RNLI lifeguards are back on Wales’ beaches for the summer
Paddleboarder in calm seas

10 special seaside experiences

Submerge yourself in some truly special seaside experiences during our Year of the Sea.
Plas yn Rhiw looking towards the house and sea over the gardens

Wales' coastal heritage

Ancient castles, historic homes, pirates trails and steam trains. The Welsh coast has it all!
Horses galloping across Llangennith beach

Explore the natural world

The coastlines and rivers of Wales attract a multitude of fascinating creatures and wildlife wonders
Beach with lighthouse in the distance.

Escape to the Islands

The 50 islands of Wales - discover unique scenery, wildlife and heritage