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Beach in Wales named one of the best in the world

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Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire has been named one of the best beaches in the world.

The Welsh beach is one of only two UK entries on the list of the top 25 beaches, by online travel magazine, Passport.

The list is made up of beaches from across the globe, with Barafundle Bay standing alongside beaches in Hawaii, Greece, Mexico and Tahiti.

Hidden away close to Stackpole, the beach is in a small bay, backed by sand dunes and pine trees.

It’s only accessible via a half mile walk from the nearest car park.

It’s golden sands and clear waters have led to it being voted, many times, as one of Britain’s best beaches and, now, one of the best in the world too.

Barafundle Bay, part of southwest Wales’ Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, is a revelation—all the more so for the process of arriving there. As you approach by car, rolling countryside turns more dramatic, sheer and craggy cliffs dropping precipitously to the sea.

A few more minutes and you’re standing above Barafundle Bay. A fairly steep flight of steps brings you down to the sand. It’s been consistently voted one of Britain’s best by whomever votes on these things, and it’s easy to see why: it’s a luxuriant curve of sand, topped by dunes and grasses on hills that make it feel immensely private.

The long stretch of cliff known as Stackpole Head sticks straight into the sea like an arm. A little boulder sits jauntily offshore. The waves crash against the smooth sand. Your company here? Twelve people, four dogs, and a visual overdose of beauty.

– Passport Magazine