Summer is the time to be heading to the beach and Wales has 53 prestigious blue flag beaches according to this year's Keep Wales Tidy list of coastal areas. The flag scheme awards water cleanliness and quality, meaning these beaches are perfect for a paddle.
The iconic Blue Flag is a world-renowned eco-label owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education. And it seems as though the Welsh coast keeps getting better, with the number of flags awarded this year up eight from last year's list. Read more about Wales' best beaches, here.
As well as the renowned blue flags, 23 beaches have also received the Seaside Award for their standard of water quality and facilities and 13 beaches in Wales have gained the Green Coast Award.
Recognising the ‘hidden gems’ along the Welsh coastline. Lesley Jones, Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive said: “We are lucky to have some of the world’s best beaches and marinas on our doorstep. The success is a testament to everyone who has worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches and keep our coast clean and safe.”
“We hope that everyone visiting our stunning coastline will enjoy and cherish our beaches responsibly. Please make sure you make memories, not mess and take your litter home with you.”
Here is the full list of beaches by county and for more What's On news you can sign up to our newsletter here.
Vale of Glamorgan