Like much of the UK, the best time to visit Wales is from late spring to early autumn.
Wales has more than 100 beaches on its 750 miles of coastline. While the British coastline has been long underrated, people are finally starting to take notice of Wales’ fantastic shores.
Rhossili Bay on Gower Peninsula was voted the best beach in the UK by TripAdvisor on top of pulling in the third spot in Europe and the tenth in the world. The Lonely Planet travel guide also ranked the coast of Wales as the world’s top travel destination.
With so much hype about the Welsh Coast, DESIblitz picks some of its favourite spots, and how you can make it the perfect British holiday.
The Famous Wales Coast Path
In an effort to become one of Europe’s top holiday destinations, Wales has created a footpath that spans its entire coastline. The 870-mile walking route runs the entire length of the coast from Chepstow to Queensferry. Since the walking path’s opening in 2012, Wales has been the first and only country to have a dedicated footpath running the entire length of its coastline.
The coastal path is truly a national treasure and runs through some of the UK’s most breathtaking landscape. There are eleven nature reserves along the way on top of a vast range of villages, towns, and resorts. From watersports to historical tours, there is something for everyone as you wind your way through.
You can go for a long afternoon trip or devote a long weekend to traversing the coast. There is a wide selection of travel agencies out there who will book everything for you. From hotels along the way to luggage storage, you can enjoy days of peaceful strolls without having to think about the logistics.
The Wales Coast Path from Llandudno to Conwy is amongst the most popular routes. You can visit the Great Orme Country Park, Conwy Castle, Bodnant Gardens and the Smallest House in Britain. If you can devote a few days to walking, this path will make it well worth your while.
If you are looking to stay in one spot for a while, plan a visit to Pembrokeshire. The county has more than enough to do for a week’s trip. Carew Castle is nearly 2,000 years old and has an unbeatable location. Overlooking a massive millpond, you can tour its history from Norman to Elizabethan times.
If you are travelling with children, Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo is an ideal place to spend the afternoon. It’s full of fun and educational exhibits that will keep everyone entertained.
Barafundle Beach is considered by many to be the UK’s best beach. The water is clean and it’s rarely crowed. It’s the perfect plan to laze around all day but come prepared. It’s about a 30 minute hike and there are no facilities.
When you are ready to hit the path again, head to Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. It spans 186 miles and offers endless photo ops of the coastline. The coast from St. Dogmaels to Amroth ranges from rugged cliffs to vast stretches of sand so plan a lot of time for beach stops along the way.
A New Beach Every Day
The beaches of Wales have something for everyone. From relaxing afternoons in the sand to heart-pounding water sports, there is a beach for you. Browse our guide then pick your favourite and watch your weekend there fly by.
If you like water sports, Abersoch Beach is the place to be. The water is calm and it’s a top pick for those who want a little bit more than just a place to sunbathe. If you are more interested in swimming, head up to Amroth Beach near Pendine for some of the cleanest waters in the country.
Barmouth Beach in Abermaw is close to Oakwood Theme Park, has donkey rides, and swing boats nearby so it’s a great central location.
If you are planning a trip with your family, you’ll love Barmouth Beach or Caswell Bay. The bay has long been popular with families because of its easy access from Bishopston, lifeguards, and GSD surf school.
If you are looking to get closer to nature, head over to Criccieth. The beach is largely undisturbed and is a great place to see porpoises and seals. On the opposite end of the spectrum, plan a visit to Llandudno North Shore or Whitmore Bay if you are looking to keep active.
Llandudno is one of North Wales top attractions and is full of shops, cafes, and restaurants. Whitmore Bay is great for people watching on any sunny day. There is also regular street entertainment during the high season on top of the usual seaside resort attractions.
Once you choose which area to visit, check the local event calendar! There are great festivals throughout the year like the Abersoch Jazz Festival in September, Prestatyn Walking Festival in May, and Pembrokeshire Fish Week in late June.
Like much of the UK, the best time to visit Wales is from late spring to early autumn. The coastline is really a place to get out and enjoy nature so check the forecast before you plan your trip. If you come prepared however, you can have a great hike at any time of year. If you want to find out more, please visit the Visit Wales website.