Wales has a surprising amount of coastline – more than 750 miles of the stuff, in fact – and has some of the best beaches in the world, with 42 of them having received the Blue Flag Award, something that’s only given to the beaches with the very best safety and water quality.

If you live in Wales, or even if you’re just visiting for a while, make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to take a day at the beach, especially when summer (finally) gets here.

As there are so many, you might feel a tad bewildered at the choice, so we’ve tried to narrow it down to just five of the best. Enjoy!

Llandudno North Shore, Conwy

Llandudno North Shore, Conwy

One of the most popular seaside resorts in Wales, Llandudno attracts tourists from all over. The sand is beautiful and the water is clean, but one of the main attractions in Llandudno is the famous Victorian pier, complete with shops, cafés and a traditional arcade.

There are also a number of great independent shops nearby, and make sure you don’t forget to take a trip up the Great Orme on the old school tramway! There’s a Bronze Age mine up there, but what you really can’t miss is the view from the top – it’s spectacular.

Amroth, Pembrokeshire

Amroth, Pembrokeshire

Down on the south coast, Amroth is one of the very cleanest beaches in all of Wales. It attracts swimmers from up and down the country due to its clean, clear water, and you can even hire jet skis from the seafront!

It’s half a mile of beautiful, flat sand, with rock pools down the western end. Amroth is unique in that, at time of extremely low tide, you can see petrified tree stumps in the sand. These are all that remains of an ancient forest, flooded when the sea rose roughly 7000 years ago.

Whitesands, Pembrokeshire

Whitesands, Pembrokeshire

Near the tiny city of St David’s, with its 12th Century cathedral, Whitesands is watched over by Carn Llidi, an extremely craggy hill. It is one of the best beaches in the United Kingdom for surfing, so it can be rather busy in summer!

Come to go surfing, canoeing or even body boarding, or just relax in the calmer bay on the southern end.

Talacre, Flintshire

Talacre, Flintshire

The beach at Talacre is great for the whole family. Anyone with the faintest interest in history will love the fantastic lighthouse, constructed almost 350 years ago. There are also the remains of a number of WWII pillboxes on the beach, which itself won the 2012 award for Best Beach in Wales.

As an added bonus, any ghost hunters will love the lighthouse for a different reason – it is well known for all manner of spooky sightings!

Port Eynon Bay, Swansea

Port Eynon Bay, Swansea

Voted Britain’s Best Beach by The Daily Mail in 2011, Port Eynon Bay sits on the Gower Peninsula, surrounded by idyllic scenery, typically beautiful Welsh hills and traditional seaside shops.

There’s an old lifeboat station nearby, as well as a former salt house (which is said to have been a front for smuggling in the 18th Century), and plenty of great pubs and restaurants just a few minutes’ walk away.