Nothing is more soothing and relaxing on a hot summer day than an alfresco swim in a lagoon, or the sweet lullaby of the ocean on a quiet beach. Wild and beautiful Wales has some unexpected and beautiful spots. Whether you have a taste for adventure or simply want to cleanse your body and soul from the daily concerns, these Welsh wild swimming spots may be just what you were looking for.
In Abereiddy: dive into the The Blue Lagoon
Pebbles and strong currents don’t appeal to the average beach-goer. The temperamental Abereiddy beach welcomes the adventurers with spectacular conditions for coasteering. To the north of the beach, the breached quarry dubbed as “Blue Lagoon” has been the home of the Welsh leg of the Red Bull Diving World Series three times. Experts say it is the right setting for swimming and cliff jumping.
Even the most fearless of adventurers need a good night’s rest. Stay at the Twr y Felin Hotel where each space was thoughtfully crafted and decorated, turning it into the perfect place for visitors to recharge. The clean and modern look doesn’t mean the hotel lacks personality. In fact, the specially commissioned art that you can find throughout the building is what sets the tone for the overall artistic atmosphere.
In Pembrokeshire: Go coasteering at Barafundle Bay
Lovely Barafundle Bay is frequently cited as one of the UK’s best beaches, and what’s more it’s coasteering country too. At the end of the headland three natural arches jut out as spires – very Gaudi-esque. You can coasteer along the cliffs to Stackpole Quay, passing the huge and awe-inspiring Lorts Cave.
A rewarding lunch and cooling ale awaits you at The Stackpole Inn where you can dine on Cawl (traditional roast lamb broth with potato, swede and carrots) or local Welsh lamb (served pink) with dauphinoise potatoes, butternut squash puree, carrots and kale.
In Aberaeron: charming Welsh seaside town at its prettiest
A peek at coastal life is guaranteed to get you daydreaming about living by the sea – the slow motion of the boats swaying in the waves, the constant and soothing movement of tides, the spontaneity of the trips to the local beach. Even if the closest you’ll get to it is by spending your holidays in Aberaeron, experience your seaside time to the fullest at the undamaged Welsh coastline, exploring this charming Georgian port town, or attending one of their famous Summer festivals celebrating local heritage and products.
Stay at the Harbourmaster, a cool and contemporary coastal hotel within walking distance of the beach. Redefining new luxury, it has won many ‘best hotel’ write ups. The creation of Menna and Glyn Heulyn, a well-travelled couple who know what people like, the Harbourmaster brings a dash of cool to a historic building (the hotel once controlled the harbours traffic).