Best seaside spots
1 hide detailWild island
Flat Holm Island is the most southerly point of Wales, and is 8km from Cardiff. Over the years Flat Holm has been a retreat for monks, a sanctuary for cholera victims, silver miners and smugglers, and home to gun emplacements. Today Flat Holm is a nature reserve managed by the Flat Holm Project Team, and day trips to the island are available from Cardiff between March and October. The island is home to large breeding colonies of Lesser and Greater Black-Backed Gulls, as well as Herring Gulls, and also boasts rare plants such as Rock Sea-Lavender and Wild Leeks, and Slow Worms with unusual markings.
2 hide detailSeaside idyll
Colwyn Bay is a pretty seaside town in North Wales. It is the perfect place to stroll along the promenade, see beautiful coastline, tuck into fish and chips, and a great base for exploring the rest of North Wales. Attractions in the area include the Welsh Mountain Zoo, Llandudno, the walled town of Colwyn with its Conwy castle and Victoria Pier, Rhos-on-Sea's St Trillo chapel and Victoria Pier, as well as the stunning countryside.
3 hide detailMiles of Sand
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- Porthcawl Tourist Information
- Old Police Station, John Street
With its three separate bays (Sandy Bay, Tresco Bay and the peaceful Rest Bay), Porthcawl offers miles of unspoiled sand. Easily reached from Port Talbot by car or train, the area includes an amusement park, a seafront theatre, parks and nature reserves. Porthcawl is generally quieter than the other coastal towns, and the bays are the cleanest you'll find in this part of South Wales. So, if you fancy a relaxing day by the sea, this is where you should be heading.