Wales is the home of picturesque, award-winning beaches and is close enough to the population hubs of Liverpool and Manchester – making it an ideal holiday destination. Here are some of the most exciting seaside towns that you can visit while wandering around this rugged country.
Originally developed as a coal port back in the 19th century, Porthcawl in known for its spectacular beaches, some of which are secluded and allows tourists to relax or retreat from the most popular beaches around the area. There are also a couple of amusement parks in this town, as well as regular surfing competitions that are open to both locals and visitors.
For people who are interested in historical structures, Porthcawl also has the Merthyr Mawr, which is a 19th-century mansion that was built by Sir John Nicholl and the Ogmore Castle. The Kenfig Dunes National Natures Reserves can also be found in this town. A historic hotel called the Seabank Hotel can be found in this town, which is located on Picton Avenue overlooking the sea. It is a 3-star hotel with 89 rooms and is one of the towns widely known landmarks. It boasts great facilities, as well as far-reaching sea views.
Saundersfoot lies within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, a national park established in 1952 which consists of Wales rugged cliffs, estuaries and beaches. The towns history can be traced back in the medieval period, having been known as a thriving exporter of coal. The town has a good number of self-catering establishments, including one of the oldest pubs in Wales: the 250-year old Cresselly Arms. The pub can be found in Kilgetty, in the northern part of Saundersfoot. St. Brides Spa Hotel is a 4-star hotel overlooks the Saundersfoot Harbour, and is only within five minutes by foot from the beach. The hotels restaurant specialises in seafood, and there is also a bar that serves tea in the afternoon.
Tenby is a thriving fishing town back in the middle ages until the 18th century when the English Civil war sent the town to ruins. Most of the structures were later refurbished during the Victorian Era, and the town is now well known for its award-winning beaches. The town closes its streets to traffic during summer, which makes the town ideal for afternoon walks gazing at the scenery and the street cafes. Aside from the well sought after beaches, some of the attractions are boat trips to Caldey Island, a trip to the Tudor Merchants House and the Tenby Dinosaur Park.
For those who cannot find accommodation in one of the holiday cottages by the sea in Wales, there is a 3-storey Georgian hotel which stands by Tenbys North Beach overlooking the shoreline. A complimentary Full Welsh breakfast is included in a harbour-view restaurant that also serves international dishes. The hotel is 8 minutes walk away from the train station, and 12 minutes walk away from the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.
Whether you are looking for a magnificent beach or want to be adventurous with fishing trips and watersports, these amazing towns in Wales will have something in store for your vacation.