It may not have quite as much sun, but a south Wales beach is rivalling those in Spain, Italy, Turkey and Greece to be named among the best in Europe.
TripAdvisor has listed Rhossili in its 2013 Travellers Choice Awards. Only two beaches in Euroupe were considerd better: Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy, and Playa de las Catedrales, Ribadeo, Spain. But there is no need to travel across Europe to experiance the beauty of Rhossili and the other spetacular atractions that makes the Gower Peninsula a great location for walking and relaxing.
Rhossili also beat La Pelosa Beach in Stintino, Sardinia and and St Pauls Bay, in Lindos, on the Greek island of Rhodes, which were eighth and tenth respectively. The TripAdvisor website carries reviews of places, hotels and restaurants posted by travellers and holiday makers.
Swansea council pronounced itself “delighted but not surprised”. Council leader David Phillips said: “We hope that many more visitors continue to enjoy its outstanding natural beauty.”
Rhossili Bay is a three-mile (4km) stretch of white sand within Gower, an area designated as the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. It has Worm’s Head at one end – a small tidal island and the most westerly tip of Gower – and on the other there is the other small tidal island of Burry Holms. Along the beach is a sole building – the Old Rectory, an old house dating to the 1850s which is now owned by the National Trust – and a ship wreck can be seen on the sand at low tide.
Emma Shaw, spokeswoman for TripAdvisor, said the awards recognised the best beaches according to travellers who had visited them and given them “the highest levels of praise”. “Huge congratulations to Swansea’s Rhossili Bay for beating many of the most exotic beaches across the globe,” she added.