BLUE flags will be flown at four Ceredigion beaches this year.

The prestigious flags – the gold standard for beach quality worldwide – have been awarded to Borth, Aberystwyth South, Llangrannog and Tresaith.

Poppit Sands on the other side of the Teifi also achieved Blue Flag status for 2024.

Aberporth however, which achieved a Blue Flag in 2023, misses out this year, but did achieve the Seaside award.

The other beaches achieving the Seaside Award, which recognises beaches that have an overall ‘Good’ standard of water quality, public facilities, safety provision and management, are Clarach, Aberystwyth North, New Quay Harbour and New Quay Dolau/North.

Llangrannog, Ceredigion
Llangrannog has also retained its Blue Flag status (Crown Copyright)

Beaches at Llanrhystud, Cilborth-Llangrannog, Penbryn and Mwnt obtained te coveted rural Green Coast Award, which recognises beaches of high environmental quality.

Reacting to the announcement, Cllr Clive Davies, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Regeneration, welcomed the ‘fantastic news’ that so many of Ceredigion’s beaches continue to be recognised with these quality assurance awards.

He said: “I am delighted to see that Blue, Green, and Seaside Awards and plaques will again be given pride of place at Ceredigion’s most popular bathing beaches in 2024.

“We are fully expecting to see many locals and visitors alike enjoying themselves along the Ceredigion coastline, particularly after such a long and wet winter.

Borth beach
Borth has also retained Blue Flag status (Cambrian News)

“I would again like to express my thanks to the many local community individuals, voluntary groups, organisations and indeed the business sector in continuing to champion the Caru Ceredigion mantra by undertaking regular beach, promenade and foreshore cleans, in addition to environmental conservation and wildlife education efforts, and beach and water safety activities along the County’s coastline.

“Without this support, we would simply not be able to put forward so many of our beaches and successfully obtain these prestigious awards, which place Ceredigion beaches amongst the very best of coastal destinations both in Wales and the UK, and forming an integral part of the local tourism economy.”

All designated bathing waters in Wales are monitored by Natural Resources Wales from May to September, annually.

There are however no awards in Gwynedd after the county council decided not to apply.

A Cyngor Gwynedd spokesperson said: “Our beaches are as clean, safe and popular as they have always been. Water quality is measured regularly, with many beaches achieving the highest standard of ‘excellent’.

“Blue Flag is just one accreditation scheme which evaluates beaches based on various criteria.

“Some of the requirements are expensive and at odds with established beach management arrangements in North West Wales so we decided not to apply this year.

“Our beaches remain amongst the best in Wales and will continue to attract thousands of visitors again this summer.”

The Ceredigion coastline at Tresaith, west wales
Tresaith beach has Blue Flag status for 2024 (Crown Copyright)

Congratulating those with beach awards in 2024, Owen Derbyshire, Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive, said: "We're delighted to see another successful year of Coast Awards here in Wales, with 49 stunning locations recognised among the world's best.

"Achieving these prestigious awards means meeting rigorous standards put in place to ensure the safe enjoyment of visitors now and in years to come.”

Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and Rural Affairs, Huw Irranca-Davies, said: “Wales boasts some of Europe's finest beaches and water quality, and the global recognition of our coastline is a true reflection of the dedication and hard work of so many people, today we celebrate the announcement of 49 winners for the Wales Coast Awards 2024.”

Beach awards 2024

Here is a full list of award-winning beaches across Wales

Blue Flag (24)


Rest Bay

Trecco Bay

Porthcawl Marina


Cefn Sidan





Aberystwyth South


Prestatyn Central






Coppet Hall

Tenby South

Tenby North

Tenby Castle

Poppit Sands

Broadhaven North


Caswell Bay

Langland Bay

Port Eynon

Swansea Marina

Vale of Glamorgan:

Penarth Marina

Seaside Award


Aberystwyth North

New Quay Harbour



Traeth y Dolau


Rhyl Central

Neath Port Talbot:


Vale of Glamorgan:

Whitmore Bay

Jacksons Bay

Cold Knap

Llantwit Major

Green Coast Award


Silver Bay, Rhoscolyn








Freshwater East





West Angle Bay


Bracelet Bay