The Swansea Bay beaches in Wales are famed for their beauty and long stretches of golden sand.
This year, TripAdvisor put Rhossili Bay on the list of the World’s Top 10 Best Beaches. Located on the Western part of the Gower Peninsula, this beach holds a strong back drop of history with its breath-taking views of prehistoric landscapes from the Rhossili Downs. What makes Rhossili amazing is its iconic views of its worm shaped rock face located on the western end of the coast. The Beach is also an excellent location for water sports and hand gliding.
On the South of the Gower Peninsula, this large stretch of sand has plenty to offer with its vast space for people to take part in beach activities both on the sand and in the sea. It is a popular location for water sport enthusiasts and its idyllic village is a fantastic area to hold wedding receptions. Oxwich has plenty of natural beauty with its sand dunes, salt marshes and woodland making it part of the National Nature Reserve.
Rotherslade Bay is nestled around the corner from Mumbles. It’s a small and sandy stretch that’s easily accessed from the path by a series of landscaped terraces and steps. The steps form an ampitheatre from which you can sit and look out to sea or bask in the sunshine. Head for the eastern side of the beach as this gets the last rays of sunshine as it sets over Langland Bay Golf Course.
The Northern half of Rhossili Bay, Llangennith Sands is known to be one of the best surf spots in the Gower as it’s the first point to pick up the swell of the Atlantic. The view of Worm’s Head from the dunes and of the coastline along the Llangennith Burrows is something not to be missed.
A ten minute drive from the village of Mumbles, Caswell is a popular attraction for both visitors and locals. This prime location offers plenty of views and there are a number of walks – a favourite being the coastal path walk to visit other nearby beaches. Nearby, the Bishop’s Wood Nature Reserve has and abundance of beautiful cliff top views through its canopy of trees.
Langland’s outstanding stretch is one of the favourites with surfing lovers and stand up paddle boarders. There is a lovely coastal path top walk along which leads directly towards Caswell. The quirky beach huts which rest around the bay set the beach apart from others along the Gower as being one of the more popular tourist beaches. Langland’s tennis courts also allow visitors the opportunity to take part in activities off the beach while still being surrounded by fresh sea air.
Another popular spot to be found at the southernmost point of Gower is Port Eynon – a safe, sandy and award-winning bay. Swap sand for sea and give water sports a try here as Port Eynon has a Blue Flag and Seaside Award, plus a lifeguard is on duty from May to September.
Three Cliffs Bay
Known to be one of the most frequently photographed areas in Swansea, Three Cliffs bay is the heart of Gower and its most iconic scene. Picture a spectacular shoreline of sand dunes, salt marsh and limestone cliffs – a breath-taking sight for passers-by. It is a popular destination for climbers, horse riders and walkers.
Bracelet bay is covered with pebbles and curious rock pools which inhabit plenty of active sea life; there are also areas of interesting limestone geology and a fossilised coral reef which is know as a site of Specific Scientific Interest. There is a delightful little cave which is reachable when the tide is low and is great for young explorers.
Mewslade Bay beach is a snug, pretty spot at the bottom of a small valley. The short walk to the beach leads down a wooded path and then through the valley which is owned by the National Trust. Enjoy sloping sea cliffs, unspoiled scenery and magnificent views but be sure to pack a picnic as there are no refreshments nearby.