The Blue Flag Award recognises beaches, marinas and boats for their high environmental and quality standards. The award is internationally recognised and reassures visitors that a beach is safe and clean. There are 7 beaches on Anglesey with a Blue Flag award, keep reading below to see which beaches have been awarded for their excellence. To be awarded the Blue Flag status, beaches, marinas and boats must meet a certain set of criteria, a few examples of criteria include:
A beach map locating different facilities must be on the beach, along with information on the award itself and details of the water quality. Increasing awareness and care for the local environment is an important aspect of the Blue Flag award and therefore at least five activities that promote this must be carried out, preferably during the Blue Flag season.
The beach must comply with the water quality sampling, no industrial, waste-water or sewage should affect the beach area.
The beach and surrounding areas must be clean and maintained, waste bins and containers must be available in adequate numbers with facilities for recycling and an adequate number of toilet facilities must be available and kept clean at all times.
Safety and Services
First aid equipment must be available on the beach, including lifeguards if appropriate, along with a supply of water and emergency plans to cope with pollution risks.
Blue Flag Beaches in Anglesey
Anglesey has an impressive 6 Blue Flag beaches as of 2020, meaning it is home to some of the best quality beaches in the world. Take a look at what beaches have earned this international, prestigious status:
Llanddona beach is located on the Eastern side of the Red Wharf Bay Area. It is a great family beach and has an excellent reputation for windsurfing, kite-surfing and sea fishing.
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Benllech beach is a wide and sandy beach located on the east side of Anglesey. It is the most traditionally British beach with a lot of fun and activity throughout Summer.
Church Bay beach is a sand and pebble beach backed by high cliffs, situated near Holyhead on Anglesey. The excellent water quality at the beach makes Church Bay an ideal place for swimming, along with other fun activities such as sailing and fishing. The beach can be accessed via a steep footpath from the village. If you fancy a bite to eat during your visit to Church Bay, The Lobster Pot is definitely a popular choice, read more of our top restaurants on Anglesey here. read more of our top restaurants on Anglesey
Porth Dafarch is a sandy cove located between Treaddur Bay and Holyhead. This beach is a very popular diving and snorkelling spot due to the easy access and exit and the wreck of 1886 Missouri, situated around half a mile from the shore.
Situated within a couple of miles of Holyhead, Treaddur Bay is one of the most popular Blue Flag beaches on Anglesey, due to its cleanliness and size. There is a large stretch of sand and an array of water sports are available such as canoeing, water-skiing and surfboarding.
Llanddwyn beach, also known as Newborough, is a 3 and a half-mile sandy beach that stretches from Llanddwyn Island to Abermenai Point and is backed by Newborough Forrest. Facilities include cold showers, barbeque areas, picnic tables and drinking water.
All of these blue flag beaches (except Church Bay) have dog restrictions from 1st May to 30th September every year.
Silver Bay Holiday Village
Silver Bay Holiday Village has additionally been featured on a list of the cleanest beaches on Anglesey, due to our Blue Flag beach status. Here at Silver Bay Holiday Village, we have an ongoing commitment to preserving the natural environment of the Silver Bay area, and we’ve received both a David Bellamy Award and the Blue Flag Award in recognition of our efforts.
That’s it for all of the fantastic beaches that have earned a Blue Flag status in Anglesey, be sure to check them out to see why they’ve been awarded this high standard of excellence.