11 Pembrokeshire beaches awarded Blue Flags - and 47 in Wales

By Paul Burton

The beautiful Welsh coastline is now home to 47 Blue Flag beaches - more than any other area of the UK. The number is up from 45 last year, and 43 the year before that, underlining just what a fantastic holiday and short break destination our beautiful country is. Pembrokeshire has been awarded the most Blue Flags - with 11 in total - including three beaches in Tenby, just down the road from Bluestone National Park Resort.

Blue Flags recognise the highest level of cleanliness and water quality has further boosted that reputation. And Anglesey has been awarded six - where Bluestone is planning its second resort on beautiful Holy Island.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “Year of the Sea 2018 is the perfect time to celebrate the success of the past 30 years of the Blue Flag programme – and gives us a fantastic opportunity to make the most the fact that we have more Blue Flag beaches per mile than anywhere else in Britain. "This is a fantastic achievement and a true team effort and shows how Wales is committed to safeguarding our amazing natural assets for visitors and those who live here.”

Here are all 47 of the Blue Flag beaches in Wales:



West Dale

If the sun is shining, then Dale is the place to be - attracting more hours of sunshine than most other spots in the UK. Dale on the far west coast of Pembrokeshire and is accompanied by a charming little seaside village, sheltering inside the northern entrance to Milford Haven harbour. Pictured above is nearby West Dale which is a beautifully secluded spot.

Miles from Bluestone: 22

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Coppet Hall

At the northern end of Saundersfoot Beach you’ll find Coppet Hall - a beautiful stretch of golden sands. Children love the nearby tunnel that the nearby coastal path takes them through which seems to take them from one magical world to another, leaving a long stretch of golden sand behind, with another stretch of rocky shore before they reach the next golden beach at Wiseman’s Bridge.

Miles from Bluestone: 10

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes


Whitesands Bay Beach

A little further afield but definitely worth the journey for the water sport fanatics among our guests. Whitesands is overlooked by the hill of Carn Llidi. The wide expanse of fine white sand curves towards the remote rocky headland of St Davids Head. This is one of the best surfing beaches in the country and therefore very popular. The surf ‘break’ is at the northern end and on busy days there are canoeists, surfers and body boarders competing for the best waves. At the quieter south end, there are some nicely sheltered bays. Looking west towards the rugged archipelago known as the Bishops and Clerks, it is in a beautiful location and, with parking for 60 cars, public toilets, a cafe and summer lifeguard patrols, is well-equipped for all manner of seaside experiences and activities.

Miles from Bluestone: 28

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Tenby - North, South and Castle

tenby beach

Tenby is probably the most well know beach of Pembrokeshire as its converted boathouse featured on Grand Designs a couple of years ago and its regular promotion to tourists, it is a beautiful spot where the small town can be enjoyed as much as the beach itself. When the tide is in the North and South beaches are completely separate although during most of the day you can walk easily from one to the other. South Beach has a wider expanse of sand where you can enjoy longer walks or runs, it also has some areas enclosed by sand dunes where you can plot up for a day sunbathing or an evening barbeque. From North beach you can enjoy views of St Catherine’s Island and Fort.

Miles from Bluestone: 12

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes



A small cove set within the quaint seaside town of Saundersfoot itself. This is a great place for rock pooling, or sea fishing from the shore line and simply to plot up for a picnic. You can also enjoy a coastline walk and some traditional fish and chips if picnics aren’t your thing. The countryside around is also rewarding to visit, green, wooded and undulating with picnic areas and camping sites and walks through both inland and along the coast. One of the favourites is along the old coal tramway and through a tunnel to adjacent Wiseman’s Bridge.

Miles from Bluestone: 22

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes


Almost completely hidden from road level by hills of pebbles that must be encountered before you reach the soft sands that are regularly trodden by surfers young and old from beginners to pros, Newgale is a favourite amongst surfers for its consistent tide and safe surroundings. What appears to be a simple roadside shop – Newsurf also offer surf tuition and refresher training along with board and wetsuit hire, there’s also a beach side pub which is a great place for an alfresco glass of wine as the sun goes down. The 2.5-mile wide beach of golden sand, backed by a high pebble bank, is a perfect family beach, but when the breeze is brisk a wind-break is necessary. The sands shelve gently so the shallows are ideal for small children, and during the summer the local authority provides wooden walkways to negotiate the pebbles from the two main carparks. Parking fees are charged from Spring to October but there are designated spaces for disabled use both on the seafront and in the clifftop park on the Nolton Road, where the views are even more spectacular and there is easy access to the Coastal Path.

Miles from Bluestone: 18

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes



Amroth beach stretches the whole length of the village. It has an extremely low tide from which you can still see the Petrified Forest; destroyed when sea levels rose 7000 years ago. Fossilised antlers, nuts, animal bones and Neolithic flints have all been discovered here over the years. The village parish was an important anthracite coal mining area until the end of the 19th century. Slight remains of mines and tramways are still visible. Ruins of Amroth Castle also remain and are great for photography fans.

Miles from Bluestone: 10

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Poppit Sands


If you catch Poppit in the calm weather it is an ideal location for a family day out - just be careful of the tides. In the right conditions there is plenty of space for beach games of cricket or football and for wearing out over-active toddlers. There is often a brisk sea breeze, too, which is ideal for kite flying, while gentle surfing is possible when the tide is right.

Miles from Bluestone: 29

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes



Lydstep Haven is a beautiful crescent-shaped bay of golden sands, just around the corner from Tenby, nicely sheltered from the winds. The view from the beach at Lydstep is splendid but the view from the clifftop is even more spectacular.

Miles from Bluestone: 14

Parking: Yes

Toilets: Yes


Benllech Church Bay / Porth Swtan



Trearddur Bay / Bae Trearddur

Porth Dafarch


Rest Bay

Porthcawl Marina

Trecco Bay


Cefn Sidan


Aberystwyth North / Traeth y Gogledd



New Quay Harbour / Cei Newydd Traeth yr Harbwr




West Shore



Rhos, Colwyn Bay





Barmouth / Abermaw


Cricceith / Traeth y Promenade

Dinas Dinlle

Morfa Bychan (Black Rock Sands)




Caswell Bay

Langland Bay

Port Eynon

Swansea Marina

Vale of Glamorgan

Whitmore Bay

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