Many of the beaches in West Wales have, once again, been given coveted awards for their high standard of water quality and pure beauty.
In Pembrokeshire 12 beaches have been awarded the prized Blue Flag status for 2015 and a further 11 have been granted the coveted Green Coast Award.
Blue Flag criteria includes the highest standard of water quality, environmental education, management, safety and services. The Green Coast award is awarded to those quiet, quaint, hidden gems with high standards of water quality and known for their natural, rural surroundings.
The Blue Flag winners are Amroth, Broadhaven Central, Coppet Hall, Dale, Lydstep, Newgale, Tenby North, Tenby South, Castle Beach Tenby, Whitesands and Saundersfoot whilst those awarded the Green Coast Award are Abereiddy, Barafundle, Broadhaven South, Cwm yr Eglwys, Druidstone Haven, Freshwater East, Marloes, Martin’s Haven, Penally, Priory Bay Caldey Island, West Dale.
In Ceredigion the 2015 Blue Fag winners are Aberporth, Aberystwyth North, Borth, Llangrannog, Newquay Harbour and Tresaith with Green Coast Awards going to Llanrhystud, Mwnt, Penbryn and Cilborth.
Swansea and the Gower’s renowned beaches also score highly with Bracelet Bay, Caswell Central, Langland West, Port Eynon West and Swansea Marina all receiving awards and in Carmarthenshire Cefn Sidan.