When you think of some of the best beaches in the world, the Seychelles, Hawaii, may come to mind, but Rhossili Bay has been named the ninth best beach in the world. Dean Thomas went to find out why.
Judges praised Rhossili Bay for its "vast stretch of sand" and "towering cliffs", and stressed its popularity with "surfers, paragliders and ramblers".
Here is the top ten of UK beaches, in descending order:
- Rhossili Bay, Swansea, Wales
- Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, Devon
- Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall
- Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset
- Perranporth Beach, Perranporth, Cornwall
- Longsands Beach, Tynemouth, North Tyneside
- Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset
- Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall
- Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset
- Nairn Beach, Nairn, Scotland
Rhossili Bay on the Gower has been named as the best beach in the UK, the third best in Europe and the ninth in the world by travel site TripAdvisor.
Along the way it's beaten beaches from the Seychelles to South Africa. Here's a look at the global competition it's beaten off:
Rhossili Bay on the Gower has been named as the best beach in the UK and one of the best beaches in the world, according to travel site TripAdvisor.
It also beat beaches in Spain, Greece and Italy to be named the third best beach in Europe.
Rhossili Bay is the largest expanse of white sand on the Gower Peninsula, stretching for three miles which makes it popular with surfers and ramblers alike.
– Councillor David Phillips, Leader of the City and County of Swansea
We are delighted, but not surprised, that Rhossili Bay has been acknowledged by the world's leading consumer travel website. We hope that many more visitors continue to enjoy its outstanding natural beauty.
Here are the top 10 beaches in the UK as named in the 'TripAdvisor's Traveller Choice' awards:
- Rhossili Bay - Swansea
- Woolacombe Beach - Devon
- Porthminister Beach - Cornwall
- Longsands Beach - Tyne and Wear
- Hengistbury Head - Dorset
- Fistral Beach - Cornwall
- Weymouth Beach - Dorset
- Sandbanks - Dorset
- Filey Beach - Yorkshire
- St Brelade's Bay - Jersey
Rhossili Bay on the Gower has been crowned the UK's best beach - according to feedback from travellers.
In the latest 'Travellers' Choice Beaches Awards', Rhossili Bay was chosen as the best beach in the UK and the third best in Europe - beating rivals in Spain, Greece and Italy.
Rhossili Bay is the largest expanse of white sand on the Gower Peninsula and stretches for three miles. The beach's vast stretch of sand and towering cliffs make it popular with surfers, paragliders and ramblers.
Feedback from millions of travellers helped secure the highest ranking.
The Welsh beach has also been placed in the world's top 10 - above those in Hawaii, the Caribbean and more exotic locations.