Try Wales for the perfect beach trip The Wales Coast Path is the longest continuous coastal path in the world. Along its length there are hundreds of harbours, coves, inlets – and, of course, beaches. But which one will be your favourite? Abersoch, Snowdonia Abersoch beach, Llŷn Peninsula, Snowdonia There’s always a lively family feel to Abersoch, one of our best watersports centres. It’s at its most vibrant during the August Regatta which, apart from all the serious sailing stuff, features raft-racing, crab-catching and sandcastle-building contests. Barafundle, Pembrokeshire Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire It’s impossible to pick our prettiest beach, but this Pembrokeshire gem, backed by dunes and pine trees, always crops up. There’s something almost Caribbean about Barafundle, which is all the better for being a half-mile (0.8 km) walk from the nearest car park. Barmouth, Snowdonia Barmouth and the Mawdach Estury, Snowdonia Huge and picturesque, Barmouth beach is always popular but never overcrowded. Barmouth itself is a proper British seaside resort, complete with trampolines, ice creams, arcade games, donkey rides and a vintage steam railway just a short ferry ride away. Benllech, Isle of Anglesey Benllech beach, Anglesey This small holiday town is set on a crescent-shaped bay, with a fine beach that stretches for miles. It’s also blissfully easy to get to, even for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Llangrannog, Ceredigion Llangrannog beach, Ceredigion There’s nothing flashy about the village – it’s just a cluster of houses wedged between two headlands, with a great beach and waves lapping at their toes. The coastal footpath leads you through clouds of wild flowers that are alive with butterflies in summer. Cefn Sidan, Carmarthenshire Cefn Sidan, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire This whopping eight-mile (12 km) beach has plenty of room for everyone, and young nature detectives can climb the dunes to track down grasshoppers and other mini beasts. It’s all part of Pembrey Country Park, which has play areas and an equestrian centre, dry ski slope and toboggan run. Porthdinllaen, Snowdonia Porth Dinllaen beach, Llyn Peninsula Only locals are allowed to drive to this perfect little harbour hamlet. But never mind – it’s a lovely short walk along the beach, or through Nefyn’s famously beautiful golf course, to reach it. It’s an idyllic cove and natural harbour, with the added bonus of a cracking pub, the Tŷ Coch Inn, which has just been voted one of the world’s best beach bars. Rhossili Gower Peninsula Rhossili Beach, Gower Well, we had to mention our cover star, didn’t we? Rhossili’s three-mile (4.8 km) golden sands come with a genuine shipwreck, and if you time the tides right, there’s a fabulous walk out to the promontory known as Worm’s Head. Southerndown, Vale of Glamorgan Traeth Mawr, Southerndown, Glamorgan Heritage Coast The Glamorgan Heritage Coast’s multi-layered cliffs occasionally drop down into sandy bays. Southerndown is a favourite with surfers and families, and there’s a great clifftop walk to the ruins of Dunraven Castle. Tenby, Pembrokeshire North Beach, Tenby in Pembrokeshire We’re cheating a bit here, since there’s not one fantastic beach in Tenby, but three blue flag ones. The Rough Guide to Wales describes this pretty little town as ‘everything a seaside resort should be’ and it was recently voted one of the UK’s top five beach destinations by Tripadvisor. This article is featured in Wales View 2014, download a pdf version or request a free postal copy Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Top kitesurfing spots British Wave Masters Champion Marc Rowley describes his five favourite beaches for kitesurfing. Historic coastal walk A walk in the footsteps of Wales’ most important saints along some of its most impressive coastline. 10 short coast path walks A few hours on the Wales Coast Path is also enough for a voyage of discovery. Toddler friendly beaches Children love beaches, so here are 10 that are both easy to enjoy, and easy to reach. Must do in Pembrokeshire Pembrokeshire is a magnet for walkers, nature lovers, foodies and families. Discover where to go. Iconic coastal birds Here are ten iconic birds and advice on the best places to spot them along the Wales Coast Path.