2017 has seen the number of Welsh beaches increasing, 45 beaches have the blue flag, up 1 on last year, and another 25 won green coast awards which recognises beaches with unspoiled environments. This additional beach is Penmaenmawr in Conwy, North Wales.
Pembrokeshire came in at the top with 12 flags.
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Wales Blue Flag Beach Awards
Pembrokeshire Blue Flags
- Broadhaven North
- Coppet Hall
- St Davids, Whitesands
- Tenby, Castle
- Tenby, North
- Tenby, South
- Poppit Sands
Gwynedd Blue Flags
- Barmouth, Abermaw
- Dinas Dinlle
- Morfa Bychan ( Black Rock Sands)
- Pwllheli Marian y DE
Anglesey Blue Flags
Ceredigion Blue Flags
Swansea Bay & The Gower Blue Flags
Conwy Blue Flags
Bridgend Blue Flags
Carmarthenshire Blue Flags
Denbighshire Blue Flags
Vale of Glamorgan Blue Flags
Blue Flag is a mark of a quality beach
The Blue Flag beach award is widely recognised as an indication for a good quality beach and has moved on a lot since it started in France in 1985. Most people think a Blue Flag indicates a clean and safe water but although it does, it actually measures a beach against a lot more criteria:
- Environmental Education and Information. This includes displaying details on the Blue Flag award along with details on the water quality, a beach map including locations of facilities.
- Water Quality. This is about the water being safe to swim in and water samples are taken at regular points during the bathing season and the year gets an overall grade. Each of our beach pages gives a summary of the current water quality.
- Environmental Management. This category is about managing the beach and keeping it clean along with facilities like toilets being available to the public.
- Safety and Services. This is a big one for families with children as a beach should be patrolled by lifeguards. Other criteria include availability of drinking water and accessibility features.
Not having a Blue Flag does not mean a beach should be avoided as the tough criteria described above is only really suited to large seaside resorts and smaller villages and remote bays can’t offer the same level of management. This means they just don’t participate in the scheme and local countries have their own awards to recognise some of these other beaches.
The blue flag certification process is carried out every year by local quality organisations and for our beaches in the UK the annual results are announced at the end of May or beginning of June.
For more information and details of the assessment criteria visit the Blue Flag Award website.
For a full list of blue flag beaches see our list at: UK Blue Flag Beaches.